Launched in 1978, the awards were part of an initiative to address the female shortage of engineers in the industry, and inspire the next generation of female engineers by recognising and celebrating their talents.
The IET says they are searching for a dynamic young engineer who represents the very best of its profession. The winner will be a high achiever, a problem solver and a team player. She will be an inspiration to her colleagues and, the charisma and personality to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
There are three awards to be won: The Young Woman Engineer of the Year (YWE) which has a prize of £2,500, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize and the Mary George Prize for Apprentices, both of which has a prize of £750.
The winners become ambassadors for the IET and the engineering profession, as well as role models for the younger generation.