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Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2017

Posted on 23 June 2017 03:18 PM by clue01n

Today is International Women in Engineering Day. The day focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for girls, and celebrates the achievements of outstanding women engineers.

UK Power Networks is proud to boast of its own outstanding women engineers, who include women such as Innovation Engineer Rona Mitchell. Rona’s role contributes to maintaining the sustainability and safety in the electricity network. She works alongside a number of engineers to identify, plan, execute and monitor projects

Rona was a precocious child. "Instead of asking why something behaved in a certain way, I was always interested in how it worked, how it was built, and how you could fix it if it became broken" she recalls.

She had an interest in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects but decided to study engineering at university. Since graduating, Rona has worked in a lab with dangerous chemicals, spent time at a car factory, conducted experiments to test for environmental damage, designed offshore oil rigs and witnessed gold bars being poured from liquid metal before joining UK Power Networks last year.

Rona says, "I have always loved engineering: it is challenging, analytical, creative, rewarding, and diverse and it improves the lives of other worldwide. To anyone who thinks that engineering exclusively involves driving a white van and wearing a dirty hard hat: you are mistaken! Plenty of engineers spend their whole careers inside a nice, clean, air-conditioned office. And, to anyone who thinks that you have to be a trailblazer to be a woman in engineering: you are also mistaken! Engineering is for anyone who wants to be a part of it, and opportunities abound".

Rona also took time out of her busy schedule to visit a local school, the Oasis Academy South Bank today.

Earlier this year UK Power Networks, tasked the students to name an electricity tunnel boring machine after a female scientist or engineer. The students chose prominent English space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock. ‘Maggie’, completed an 11-week construction of a 320-metre-long spur tunnel to carry essential electricity supplies to the £9 billion, 42-acre development taking shape on the banks of the River Thames.

Rona says, "I am incredibly excited to have visited the school on Women in Engineering Day. Engineering can take you to so many unexpected places and I’m hoping I inspired some of the students to consider it as career."


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