Women In Defence 2021 awards celebrate female engineers

Women In Defence 2021 awards celebrate female engineers

Sarah Cooper, a Senior Hardware Engineer at Leonardo, for example, was announced as the winner of the ‘STEM in Defence’ award.

She was selected from among some of the UK’s top engineers for the award, highlights Leonardo, due to her exhaustive efforts in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to young people in Edinburgh and across the UK, while encouraging her colleagues to carry out STEM outreach.

Women In Defence 2021 awards celebrate female engineersSpecifically, she led many of Leonardo’s STEM activities including International Women in Engineering Days and Ada Lovelace Days and she has also been a regular contributor to Leonardo’s STEM@Home pages, featuring in videos where she leads young people through fun STEM activities to build their confidence in their engineering skills. During the first lockdown she also created a new STEM website for young people called ‘Techtopia World’, in collaboration with her colleague Amy Edwards, using social media platforms to showcase the engineering profession.


“Sarah is such a dynamic engineer and everyone around her is influenced by that enthusiasm, from the students she mentors to her colleagues here at Leonardo. We are tremendously proud of her award, which is very well deserved,” said Leonardo Hardware Engineer Jon Norris, who nominated Sarah for the award.

Other winners included Caitlin Percy, a Sensing & Technology Integration Engineer at BAE Systems, who was Woman of the Year and also won the Emerging Talent Award.

You can see a full list of the winners below, and read more about the awards online.

Women In Defence 2021 awards celebrate female engineers

Pictured above is Sarah Cooper, on the left with fellow Leonardo finalists Fiona Clark (shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution Award) and Louise Dale (shortlisted for the Equality of Opportunity Award).

EW BrightSparks 2022

Congratulations to all the finalists. And don’t forget we are running our own EW BrightSparks awards again, for 2022, celebrating the achievements of younger people (30 and under) in electronics.

Feel free to nominate yourself or a colleague – simply enter here!

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