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Young Woman Engineer

The Young Woman Engineer (YWE) award recognises a young woman who has firmly established herself as an energetic and technically excellent professional.

The IET 2015 Skills Survey highlights the fact that "only 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female.” So gender diversity remains a big challenge for the sector. In light of this figure the IET are determined to address this issue and try to encourage more young women into the engineering and IT sectors.

The YWE award enables the best female engineers and technicians to be recognised and rewarded for their ground-breaking achievements, and hopefully lead to them inspiring the next generation of women.

The IET Young Women  Engineer of the Year 2015 is Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy is an audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. Orla realised her love for Science and Engineering when she led a school project on bubbles at the age of 16, which won first prize in the Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry section of the BT Young Scientist Competition and also won Special Award from the Institute of Physics.

She then went on to complete an MEng degree in Electronics with Music at the University of Glasgow, completing part of her studies abroad at the University of Radford in the USA.

Throughout her time as a student she won a variety of awards and bursaries for both Engineering and Music, including the Eilidh Reid Foster Prize, the William Wilson Scott Award, the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship and the Glasgow University Engineer’s Society Medal.

A keen musician, she plays viola and has performed around the world. She is a staff member at the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and a member of the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

With her day to day job she combines her passion for music and acoustics with her drive for problem solving- to help produce exciting sound systems and features in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

Hear from Orla herself in the video below.

2015 winner - Orla Murphy

2014 Winner - Naomi Mitchison