What it means to be a woman in engineering

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), only 10-20% of the global engineering workforce is female.

The World Economic Forum attributes this phenomenon to the low number of women participating in STEM-related studies (those involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is a celebration of female engineers and aims to inspire the next generation of women to join the industry. To share in this celebration, Smiths Group is telling the stories of women engineers in each of its five divisions, explaining their journey into STEM, why each believes that representation is important in the industry, and encouraging the next generation into this field.

From Smiths Detection, the spotlight was placed on manufacturing engineer Libby Alexander, based at our Hemel Hempstead research centre. Libby completed a degree in the arts before learning about and taking up a five-year apprenticeship scheme at Smiths Detection. Finding a passion for manufacturing engineering, Libby then completed a degree in manufacturing engineering design.

You can read all the profiles, including Libby’s, here.

Libby, along with John Crane’s Kanza Amanullah and Smiths most senior engineer – Interconnect president Karen Bomba – discuss what it means to be a woman in engineering and the importance of diverse representation in STEM.

Watch the video below.