SYMETA's Dr Will Whittow is the inaugural winner of the Men as Allies Award

The Women's Engineering Society (WES) is a UK based charity and professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development opportunities. WES will celebrate its centenary in 2019. Their vision is to operate in a nation in which women are as likely as men to choose study and work in engineering, and one in which there are sufficient engineers to meet growing demand.

This year WES launched the Men As Allies award. This prestigious award celebrates a male engineer, or professional male working within engineering, technical and applied sciences sectors, who has gone above the call of duty to support his female colleagues, and address the gender imbalance within engineering and applied sciences.

SYMETA is pleased to announce that our colleague, Dr Will Whittow, has won this award. Will is a Senior Lecturer in Electronic Material Integration at Loughborough University and a Co-Investigator on the SYMETA project. Sarah Peers, Vice President of WES and Chair of the Judging Panel commented: "He not only impressed us with his advocacy of women in engineering and the reach he has achieved, but he inspired not only one but four separate nominations".

Will said: "I'm genuinely delighted and honoured to win this award. There are so many incredible people who work tirelessly to promote women in engineering. Engineers will imagine, engineer and develop the next generation of intelligent transport and manufacturing; advanced communications; healthcare for an ageing population; renewable energy for the planet; robotics for virtually everything; and so much more. Engineering is everything for everyone. We need to inspire all the talent to engineer a better world."

SYMETA and similar research projects have a role to play in promoting engineering to potential engineers and in improving the public's understanding of complex science. This is why we have an outreach programme as we hope to reach non-research audiences to share our enthusiasm for engineering research.

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