Renishaw's Lucy Ackland, a Project Manager in Renishaw's Additive Manufacturing Products Division working on the company's next generation of metal 3D printing machines, has been shortlisted for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman of the Year Awards.
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards aim to find female role models to help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis. According to the 2014 IET Skills Survey, the proportion of engineers who are female has not significantly improved since 2008 and currently stands at just 6 per cent of the workforce, the lowest percentage in Europe. Lucy Ackland has been shortlisted along with four female engineers from other leading engineering organisations – Ford, Rolls-Royce, ABB Ltd and Selex ES.
Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership, and a former YWE winner, said: “The lack of women in engineering is a huge problem for this country, contributing to skills shortages which threaten the economy. It also means that women are missing out on interesting and rewarding careers.