The International Women in Engineering Day offers an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women engineers throughout the world. Here at Catalyst Inc we are celebrating two of the female leading lights in NI engineering; the first of which is Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones who leads the Advanced Future Materials and Manufacturing Research Group at Ulster University. She also manages and coordinates the research and innovation stemming from Catalyst Inc’s North West Centre For Advanced Manufacturing (NW CAM) project, a virtual cluster focusing on Advanced Manufacturing to solve problems within the Life and Health Sciences sector. Eileen’s career as an engineer involves a variety of roles ranging from industrial engagement, creative problem solving and new knowledge creation as well as an outreach role to encourage and promote STEM education.
We spoke to Eileen to find out more about her career in Engineering. She explained that seeing the real-world application of research and how it can make a difference to people’s lives is one of the most rewarding aspects of her career as an engineer. Eileen commented:
“Ulster University benefits hugely from its excellent industry and business collaborations which facilitates high quality research that can be efficiently translated into economic and societal impact”.
Professor Harkin-Jones continued “I welcome and support International Women in Engineering Day which highlights the engineering sector; Engineering offers everybody, regardless of gender, a creative and exciting career with enormous opportunities to make a difference in the world.”.
Gender equality in still an issue within the Engineering professions but much work is ongoing to address this. Eileen’s success and ongoing contribution to the sector proves that females can and do enjoy an incredibly rewarding career in engineering and she would strongly encourage more young girls to consider this as a future career option. We are delighted to have Professor Harkin-Jones leading the research for our NWCAM project and look forward to the next 4 years of new discoveries in engineering.