Swansea Uni to celebrate International Women in Engineering day

The College of Engineering at Swansea University is set to hold a variety of events to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on June 23rd.

These celebrations, occurring from 10:30am to 2:30pm, will take place at Bay Campus and include a keynote speech from La-Chun Lindsay. She’s the managing director of GE Aviation Wales.

GE Aviation is a global business that provides commercial, military, business and general aviation jet and turboprop engines. It also provides avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for aircraft.

La‐Chun Lindsay was appointed as managing director of the Nantgarw-based firm in April 2015. As Wales’s largest manufacturing company, it has a revenue of $3 billion and employs 1.4K people.

She previously led the  assembly, test and overhaul plant at GE Aviation’s Lynn site in Massachusetts, USA. Speaking ahead of the event, Ms Lindsay said: “I am super excited to be a part of Swansea University’s International Women in Engineering Day celebrations.

“Even as a little girl growing up in South Carolina, I always knew that I wanted to be an engineer. I will always be proud of the Bachelors of Science degree that I received upon successfully completing Clemson University’s tough Engineering Program.

“I’m even prouder of the various STEM initiatives that we are driving at GE Aviation Wales, highlighting that every little girl should be given the opportunity to pursue her dreams of being an engineer just like I had.”

College of Engineering alumna Christina Kio, a graduate design engineer based in Pencoed with Skanska, will also speak at the event. It’s one of the UK’s leading contractors.

Dr Carol Glover, who’s a technology transfer fellow working on the SPECIFIC project in the College of Engineering, will deliver a FameLab 2017 talk. She was the overall winner of FameLab Wales.

Sponsored by the British Council and held as part of the Cheltenham Festivals, the FameLab competition sees entrants give a three-minute talk about a unique science concept.

Elaine Richards, the event’s organiser and staff development officer at the college, said: “We will be celebrating our equality work taking place across the College of Engineering, focusing on the importance of a diverse workforce and listening to women’s experiences of working in the traditionally male dominated engineering industry.

“We encourage both men and women to attend this event, which is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of women in this field, and the fantastic work being done by women researchers, teaching staff and students here in the College of Engineering.”

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, senior pro-vice-chancellor at Swansea University, said: “We are delighted to welcome such an inspirational keynote speaker as La-Chun Lindsay to lead our International Women in Engineering Day celebrations on June 21.

“We hope will become the highlight each year in the College of Engineering’s rolling programme of events and activities for staff and students to improve, support, and promote gender equality.”