Former Cambridge student scoops prestigious award in engineering

A University of Cambridge alumna has been awarded a leading prize in engineering.

Ying Wan Loh has been crowned Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Ms Ying, a manufacturing engineer for Rolls-Royce, completed an MPhil in industrial systems, manufacture and management at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), part of the engineering department.

During this time, the 28-year-old co-founded a technology start-up that developed rapidly within a year and won the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) UK High-Tech Entrepreneurship Bronze Award.

Ms Ying said: “I’m so honoured to receive this award, but this award isn’t just about me, it’s about all the outstanding women changing the world through engineering.

“The IET gives female engineers a voice to be heard and I want to use this platform to raise the profile of women in STEM and capture the imagination of young girls everywhere, showing them that they too can be an engineer.

“I have a great team and support system behind me, and this is an amazing feeling.”

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrates women working in modern engineering and aims to change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men.

As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women.

Just 12 per cent of those working in engineering and technical occupations are women, according to Engineering UK.

A keen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ambassador, Ms Ying aspires to combine her passion in arts and engineering to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers.

Jo Foster, IET equality, diversity and inclusion manager, said: “I’d like to congratulate our fantastic winners and highly commended recipients of this year’s awards.

“They are inspirational and a real credit to the engineering profession and will play a huge part in altering the perception of what a career in engineering and technology can look like.”

Universities, science, research and innovation minister Chris Skidmore said: “I would like to congratulate all nominees and winners for taking part in this year’s awards.

“As some of the most promising young women in the UK, you are truly inspirational role models for women across the country. You should all take great pride in everything you have achieved.” 

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