Meet Thant, Amy and Ellen, just some of our inspirational employees raising the profile of women working in engineering and STEM subjects.

Thant Phway PhD, Service Management Governance

Thant began her career working on oil rigs before she studied for her PhD in Electromagnetics. She manages the performance of programmes using her wide range of skills in data analysis and reporting.

How did you get into engineering?

My dad is an engineer, and since I was young I was interested in fixing things.

Attendees at an event to promote women in STEM.

Who inspires you in your career?

My dad, of course, but one other person is Professor Phil Beckley. He has written so many books and papers, mainly on Electromagnetics, but his teachings go beyond that. He never stopped learning and never stopped teaching until the very end of his life.

What advice would you give to other women considering a career in engineering?

Seek out other engineers – men or women, young or old – and talk to them. They’ll be able to give you advice and insight into what it’s like in the working world.

Amy Forsyth, IT Technical Graduate

Amy has worked for Boeing since 2016, when she joined on our graduate scheme. She’s spent time in different teams, delivering projects, introducing change and improvements. Amy is a qualified dance teacher.

Amy Forsyth sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft.

How did you get into engineering?

I took a risk on something that sounded interesting. I always had a passion for computing, then when it came to choosing an internship at university I found a perfect role in the Systems Engineering Integration Team at Boeing.

How do people react when you tell them you work in engineering?

People are supportive. There’s certainly more encouragement and enthusiasm to get women into the field of engineering.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is learning something new every day, as well as working alongside so many amazing people who have completely different experiences and backgrounds.

What advice would you give to other women considering a career in engineering?

Don’t let anyone put you off starting a career in engineering or another STEM subject – you can do anything you put your mind to.

Ellen Harrison MRAeS, Aircraft Programmes Quality Manager

Ellen worked in the Royal Navy for 25 years, spending most of that time maintaining Sea Harrier aircraft. She’s still a Royal Navy Reservist. At Boeing, she works in rotorcraft support and is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of the Chinook fleet is meeting regulations. Ellen is currently studying for an MSc in Human Factors in Aviation.

Women sitting at a table working.

How do people react when you tell them you work in engineering?

In the past I have had people say: ‘what, you actually fix aeroplanes?’

What’s the best thing about your job?

Taking a problem and working out how to fix it – this includes reading engineering documents, technical instructions and understanding the system to diagnose faults.

Who inspires you in your career?

Captain Jo Deacon RN – she joined the Royal Navy as an aircraft engineering apprentice. She then commissioned as an Air Engineering Officer and recently promoted to Captain Royal Navy. Her work ethos, engineering knowledge, coupled with her approachable demeanor make her someone to inspire the next generation of female engineers.

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