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TWI’s Tipper Group Celebrates Women Engineers for #INWED21

Mon, 21 June, 2021

International research and technology organisation (RTO) TWI Ltd is set to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day 2021 (#INWED21) – taking place on 23 June – with a programme of talks for TWI staff, by inspiring female engineers.

The annual International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), now in its eighth year, is organised by the Women’s Engineering Society to raise the profile of women working in engineering, and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.

TWI’s Tipper Group, whose purpose is to establish and promote an inclusive culture that inspires, attracts and supports the recruitment and career development of individuals irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, beliefs, (dis)abilities and socio-economic background, has arranged this programme of staff talks for #INWED21.

Kicking off TWI’s #INWED2021 celebrations at 9am BST will be speaker Ella Barrington, an award-winning business, project and Operations Director, who carved her career in the ambitious world of motorsport.  An advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM, she is also an active speaker and volunteer.

Next up at 9.30am BST will be Adamantini Loukodimou, a third year PhD student at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and the Innovative Metal Processing Centre for Doctoral Training (IMPaCT), University of Leicester.  In her presentation, Adamantini will talk about her background and why she chose a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career, female role models which have inspired her, and more.

Taking to the floor at 11am BST will be Catherine Leahy, Senior Technician and Bernadette Craster, Technology Fellow, both of TWI, who will share stories of their careers in engineering.  Catherine, who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship degree with the University of Warwick in Applied Engineering will relate her experience of completing her degree whilst working in a practical setting, and the benefits and challenges that come with this.  Bernadette will share her career experiences in the oil and gas industry, including 29 years as a research and development scientist before becoming a TWI Technology Fellow.

Last to present, at 12.30pm BST, will be Nicky Athanassopoulou, Head of Solution Development at the Institution of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.  Nicky is a strategy and technology management specialist who works with business and innovation leaders in the high-value manufacturing community, in universities and with Government.

The full TWI #INWED2021, online programme is as follows:

09.00 – 10.15

#ChoosetoChallenge: How to engineer our way to inclusive choices, by Ella Barrington

09.30 – 10.00

Adamantini Loukodimou, NSIRC and University of Leicester

11.00 – 11.30

Catherine Leahy and Bernadette Craster, TWI

12.30 – 13.30

Nicky Athanassopoulou, Head of Solution Development at the Institution of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge



Kamer Tuncbilek, Chair of the Tipper Group said “The Tipper Group is delighted to be supporting International Women In Engineering Day 2021 (#INWED21) with this programme of talks for TWI staff.”  INWED is an important, annual, international awareness raising campaign, which highlights both the role of women currently working in engineering, as well as the great career opportunities open to females in what can sometimes be seen as a male-dominated, engineering-related environment.”  “Therefore, I would encourage all staff at TWI to get involved with #INWED21, and support the fantastic speakers we have lined up by attending some of the talks.

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