IMPEE PhD student Caroline Graham was recently invited to speak at the WISE Women in Engineering event hosted by Babcock at Rosyth. The theme of the day was "Celebrating Women in Engineering". One hundred gathered stake holders were joined by HRH The Princess Royal. Caroline is pictured here on the day, far right, with other speakers from Thales, Atkins and Pelamis Wave Power.
Representing the Daphne Jackson Trust, Caroline spoke about her successful return to Engineering following a parental career break highlighting that this could not have been achieved without vital support received from the Daphne Jackson trust, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Heriot-Watt University. The day ended with a guided bus tour of Rosyth Dockyard and the Aircraft Carriers. Caroline said "Hearing Her Royal Highness address the often overlooked challenges that women in engineering experience and meeting her in person was very special. The diversity and seniority of many of the attendees reflected the respect with which women are held in the sector and a widespread willingness to look at these long-standing barriers."
Caroline has worked and studied in engineering since 1989 with over 12 years experience in structural materials research. Caroline has been asked to share some of the lighter moments of her career at the Glasgow University fem eng/WES event "Inspiring the Future" on the 1st of October 2014.