To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team brought together a group of industry professionals working in engineering roles within motorsport, to promote the importance of diversity within the sport.
The panel included female engineers from AMF1, AML, FIA and Pirelli, who answered questions about their careers and experiences to shine a light on working within the motorsport industry.
International Women in Engineering Day provides an opportunity to raise the profile of female engineers and awareness of female under-representation in the industry. The awareness generated helps play a vital role in encouraging young women and girls to explore engineering careers in motorsport and beyond.
International Women in Engineering Day
AMF1 was joined by female engineers to discuss the importance of representation for women working within motorsport.
The event was hosted by Amber Jones, full-time student and content producer for Salford Racing at the University of Salford, who spoke to female engineers from AMF1: Senior Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Helen Makey; Senior Composite Designer Sosanna Ní Dhubháin; Aerodynamicist Kate Goldup; and Aerodynamics Placement Student Scarlett Orr.
The panel also included Head of Integration at Aston Martin Lagonda Marissa Bole, Pirelli Traciside Engineer Monica Cuadrado and Nuria Encinas Redondo, F1 Permanent Scrutineer with the FIA.
The group discussed their careers in the industry, their experiences and how they're making their mark.
The event was organised by Scarlett who had been inspired to put the panel together after a similar webinar helped her pursue her role in aerodynamics at Aston Martin F1.
"One of the hardest parts of getting into the industry is building a network and finding the right contacts,” Scarlett said. “Events like these bring together similarly minded people all aiming towards the same goal and are invaluable at gaining or sharing information and insight into the industry."
Events like these bring together similarly minded people all aiming for the same goal.
"I was amazed at the response I got from within AMF1 when I wanted to put on the event,” she added. “We also had an incredible response from some of our male colleagues who are keen to help promote the great female workforce of our company.
"International Women in Engineering Day helps demonstrate how many opportunities there are for women within the industry. Many people know about mechanics or aerodynamicists, but the diversity of roles available is really important to show – especially the roles that people might not know exist. There really is something for everyone!"
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