Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sheffield academic nominated in the 2014 WISE Awards!

If you've been following us for a while, it will come as no surprise that the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering has plenty of inspirational female role-models. So we're delighted that one of our own has been nominated in the 2014 WISE Awards! Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education, Director of Enterprise Education in the University of Sheffield, Faculty Director of Communications and External Relations, and (last but certainly not least!) former Faculty Director for Women in Engineering, has been shortlisted for the 2014 WISE Champion Award.

WISE (or Women into Science, Engineering and Construction) works to inspire girls to choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics pathways and has the target of increasing the number of girls in the STEM workforce to 30% by 2020. The WISE Awards is an annual event which recognises and celebrates the achievements of individuals and organisations which are actively working towards WISE's goals. For her work in encouraging the recruitment, retention and progression of women in STEM subjects, Elena has been nominated as "an individual champion who has used their position to influence others to take positive action to promote female talent in STEM, within their own organisation or beyond." Elena was tasked with setting up the Women in Engineering project at Sheffield and led the initiative for three years.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 13 November at the Grange Hotel, Tower Bridge, London, and we'll keep you up to date with the winners. Congratulations, Elena!

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