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“Women in Engineering” event at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)

“Women in Engineering” event at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)

On Friday 6th February 2015 Martina Finn, Technical Director, Atkins was part of a panel of female engineers promoting “Women in Engineering” at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT). Martina along with three other female engineers, who are all passionate about their careers, presented to 75no. 5th year Secondary School female students and their teachers to promote “Women in Engineering” with Engineers Ireland.

The event was introduced by Eugene Roe, Head of School of Engineering, DKIT and was aimed at providing female students and teachers with a chance to meet engineers from industry, academia and professional organisations, and to find out why there is a need for more women engineers, provide an understanding of what engineering is, the requirements for studying engineering and the access routes to third level and beyond.

Martina presented on her reasons for choosing engineering, her progression through her studies becoming firstly a graduate of DKIT and then of the University of Ulster with an honours degree in Civil Engineering through to becoming a Chartered Engineer and now a Technical Director with Atkins. She also showcased some high profile projects that she has worked on since joining Atkins in 2001 along with highlighting opportunities and advantages that working for a company like Atkins brings, such as International travel.

After the panel presentations, there were questions and answers to the panel followed by presentations of DKIT student work and Engineering Challenges for the students. Each of the speakers then lead a round table discussion with small groups of students where they could speak about the pros and cons in a career in engineering and respond to any comments or points raised by the students in this interactive discussion. Overall the event was very well received and feedback was very positive.

Martina was in DKIT promoting engineering to female schools students and their teachers ahead of Engineers Week which started on Monday 9th February and continues to Friday 13th February. Engineers Week, which is ongoing this week involves over 500 educational and interactive events taking place across the island of Ireland. For more information, visit www.engineersweek.ie.