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A panel discussion and Q&A with Dr Susan Scurlock CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, Sarah Haslam MBE CEng FIMechE – Chief Program Engineer, EU Engine Apps Programs, Ford, Lydia Fairman – Lead Capability and Development Manager, Network Rail, Dr Lucy Jones – Vice Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University and Naziyah Mahmood, Earth Intelligence Sales Engineer, Spire Global.
The panel will discuss the extraordinary Primary Engineer UK-wide ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ competition which annually sees tens of thousands of school pupils interview engineering professionals, identify a problem and design ideas to make the world a better place. With a 50:50 gender split, it’s a game changer! The session will provide the opportunity for IMechE members to find out more, ask the panel questions and discover how to get involved.
12:00 - Agenda
Host, Opening Remarks
Jelena Gacesa, Operations Manager, EducationProgramme, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
What is Primary Engineer and the Primary EngineerProgrammesfor schools?
Dr Susan Scurlock MBE, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer explains the reasons for starting Primary Engineer in 2005 and how the organisation has grown into a range of engineering and STEM programmes for primary and secondary schools including the national ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’competition.
If you were an engineer, what would you do?
- Dr Susan Scurlock welcomes and introduces the panel, explains what IYWAE is and does and introduces the format of the discussion and Q&A.
- Panelists are invited to answer the following questions:
- Why does yourorganisationsupportthePrimaryEngineerprogramme?
- How does yourorganisationengage?
- The value IYWAE brings to the engineers involved.
- How Primary Engineer is inclusive & the importance of this approach.
Dr Susan Scurlock concludes the session andsignpostsIMechE members to the ways toengageand get involved with IYWAE inthe current year and looking ahead to the 2021-22 competition.
Susan Scurlock: Founder, Primary Engineer
Dr Susan Scurlock MBE founded Primary Engineer in 2005 after training as a Graphic Designer and later as a Secondary School Teacher. She has developed a sophisticate programme of award-winning teacher training courses ranging from one day courses to master’s level postgraduate certificates. She has helped to design national competitions, ‘If you were an engineer what would you do?’, STATWARS and educational programmes involving industry, universities, councils, and professional engineering institutions. The programmes annually reach over 5,000 teachers, involved over 2,000 engineers and 100,000+ pupils across the UK.
In 2019 she launched the Institution of Primary Engineers and the Institution of Secondary Engineers at the House of Lords. A programme she has been working on for many years. She is dedicated to the belief that all children are capable of succeeding and to do so the activities they engage with have to be whole-class, whole-school and directly related to engineering.
She is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2020 Rooke Award, three Honorary Doctorates and was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her work in engineering education.
Lydia Fairman: Lead Capability and Development Manager, Network Services and the Technical Authority
Lydia’s the Lead Capability and Development Manager for Network Services and the Technical Authority. Lydia leads a team who are focused on seeking out and developing the future, emerging, and existing talent for the railway industry. Lydia’s passionate and committed to increasing the number of women working within the organization and within the sector. With a varied background in technical recruitment, generalist and strategic HR, Lydia’s uses creative and innovative approaches to everything she does, challenging behaviours and what’s gone before, to make positive strides to a better and more equal future for all. Lydia considers the impact and opportunity of every decision she makes, outside her team, business and across the wider industry. She sits on the Routes into Rail board, contributing to collective industry leadership to increase the profile of rail, bringing in new people, skills and opportunities for all. Lydia worked with an industry group to write the Digital Railway People Strategy, to deliver cross sector support and guidance to successfully negotiate people change.
Lydia has an eye on the future. Speaking at the WISE conference in 2018, she talked about how people can make a difference: “Career decisions are hard. Young people are afraid they’ll make the wrong choice. Girls are less confident than boys to make those decisions. I work in the area of early engagement, teaching school age children about what we do in rail, STEM, and why we do it. We must continuously adapt, be creative and innovate, particularly in our language, and how and where we choose to communicate with this audience, so that we can get our messages among our future scientists and engineers.”
Sarah Haslam MBE CEng FIMechE: Chief Program Engineer – Engine Engineering Europe, Ford Motor Company Ltd
Graduating from Bristol University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, Sarah has 25 years of experience within the automotive industry and has held many different roles in Quality, Product Development and Manufacturing.
Sarah is currently based at Dunton Campus, responsible for engine development for European vehicles.
She has recently returned from a 3 year international assignment in Valencia, Spain where she held a manufacturing role responsible for quality improvement of Ford Kuga and Transit Connect.
Outside of work, Sarah is currently a Council member for the Womens Engineering Society (WES) and has been a Trustee for the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) with key role of Deputy Chair of the International Strategy Board.
She is passionate about encouraging students and particularly females, to consider a career in engineering and through her employer, IMechE and WES has been able to support many events and initiatives.
Dr Lucy Jones: Vice-Dean for Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University
Dr Lucy Jones is currently the Vice-Dean for Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University. With a keen interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion she is also the Universities gender equality champion and the lead for the Athena Swan Chartermark. As Director of STEM outreach for the University she is engaged in ensuring that all of the outreach activity undertaken is fully inclusive and accessible to students of all ages and to the wider community. Lucy is associated with a number of organisations focused on supporting women in STEM and more broadly and in working to ensure that there are authentic role models and mentorship opportunities for all young people.
Naziyah Mahmood: Earth Intelligence Sales Engineer, Spire Global
With a deep passion for STEM, Naziyah is an astrophysicist and aerospace engineer, having worked on several European Space Agency (ESA) satellite missions.
Naziyah is currently the Earth Intelligence (GNSS) Sales Engineer for Spire Global, and works as a bridging role between the business and technical teams to deliver high quality services for Earth applications.
As a STEM Ambassador (with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion within the sector) she works to break the many stereotypes of women in STEM, and especially of those from BAME backgrounds. This includes as the previous Equalities Expert for Scottish Engineering.
Working with the YWCA Scotland, WES and the First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (FMNACWG), Naziyah also works to create safe physical and digital spaces for all self-identifying women and girls, and works closely with many organisations and with Scottish Parliament to change the political narrative.
With an involvement in many male-dominated fields, including as a martial artist of over 20 years, Naziyah aims to not only normalise the image of women within these fields, but also to shine a light on the work needed on inclusivity within all fields.
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