St Killian’s College Celebrate National Woman in Engineering Day at W5

St Killian’s College pupils Maeve Gillan and Clare Emerson with STEM Ambassadors and guest speakers Dr Margaret Morgan (Course Director of Mechanical Engineering at Ulster University), Virginia Toombs (Software Engineer at Liberty IT) and Louise Dougan (Transport Planner at Atkins Ltd) at W5’s event celebrating National Woman in Engineering Day that aimed to engage and inspire young girls across Northern Ireland to pursue a career in engineering.
Pupils had the opportunity to attend a number of 10 minute talks from various female STEM Ambassadors. Speakers at the event included Dr Margaret Morgan (Course Director of Mechanical Engineering at Ulster University), Louise Dougan (Transport Planner at Atkins Ltd and the first ever female Chair of Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Northern Ireland Region) and May Holmes (Test Engineer at Bombardier). Pupils were also given the opportunity to network with various female engineers including Civil Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Software Engineers, Structural Engineers and Electrical Engineers from businesses across Northern Ireland at career stands at the event.

Julia Carson, STEM Ambassador Programme Manager at W5 states;
‘W5 currently hold the government’s STEMNET contract for Northern Ireland and we work with over 200 Northern Ireland companies who are actively supporting the STEM Ambassadors programme at W5. We work to link STEM Ambassadors with local schools so they can act as role models and help inspire and engage young people about the value of STEM in their daily lives.

Only 6% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female and therefore it is extremely important that W5 continue facilitate events such as this in an aim to inspire young female minds to the excitement of a career in engineering and STEM.’

Photograph : Clare Emerson and Maeve Gillan pictured with l-r
Dr Margaret Morgan – Lecturer Mechanical Engineering UUJ
Virginia Toombs – software engineer, Liberty IT
Louise Doogan – Mangaging Consultant, Civil engineering, Atkins Global

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