Women in engineering
12% of engineers in the UK are women. This year, we’re supporting International Women in Engineering Day, championed by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Meet just some of our inspirational employees, who are raising the profile of women working in aerospace and STEM subjects.
Anu, Software Engineer
A life-changing decision to leave India brought Anu to the UK to pursue her engineering dreams. In 2017, Anu joined Boeing Defence UK, originally as an information technology project manager, and then gradually honing her expertise in the careful management of digital information. She is now a test manager on the synthetic training environment programme for the MOD. In the constant pursuit of self-improvement, Anu is part of several organisations that inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.
“I’ve always felt it important to maintain a learning mindset and stay up to date with the latest engineering breakthroughs and innovative thinking. It’s true that ‘knowledge is power’ but only when you use it to help and empower others.”
Beatriz, Graduate Engineer
Ever curious as a young girl, Beatriz was always asking the big questions about the world, such as ‘why is the sky blue?’ She went on to study physics, recognising that the answers to many of her questions could be found in the study of natural science. She later specialised in applied physics and completed a master’s in aerospace materials engineering, continuing to explore the same questions; how do things work and how can I improve them? Now, as a Boeing graduate engineer, Beatriz is a member of the UK’s E-7 programme, putting theory into practice and exploring how different engineering components can work together effectively to optimise the performance of the aircraft.
“I’m part of a diverse team at Boeing, working with people from across different technical and specialist backgrounds. This rich mix of voices and perspectives means that we’re always ready to review our engineering practices, check why we are doing it and how it can be improved.”
Amy, Programme Coordinator on the UK E-7 Programme
It’s been a whirlwind start for Amy, who first joined Boeing in 2016 as an intern through the early careers scheme and returned again in 2018 an IT technical graduate. She successfully transitioned to a permanent role as programme coordinator for the UK Wedgetail AEW MK1 (E-7) programme in 2020. Amy now oversees and supports multiple technical projects. Alongside her full-time role, she is undertaking a part-time Masters in Management and Information Systems in Manufacturing, sponsored by Boeing.
“The best part of the job for me is learning from the vast talent and experience of others, either internally at Boeing, or from our customers. No two days are ever the same - some days I can face real challenges and on others there’s overwhelming progress being made.”
Alice, Senior Operations Analyst
Alice completed her Boeing-funded PhD and as a result, she developed a model to support decision making for platforms, processes and people. She wrote the code for the model using a linear programming optimisation technique and has been refining, testing and applying the model for different operational planning scenarios since. Her work has allowed her to:
- Forecast when the Apache was due for maintenance, calculating flying hours, and frequency of maintenance to inform more effective workforce planning.
- Examine where best the P-8A should be based to effectively reach maritime patrol areas.
- Brief senior military leaders from NATO countries providing agnostic situations, weighing up probabilities over benefits, and demonstrating Boeing’s teaming and partnering strengths.
Jessie, Project Engineer on the UK E-7 Programme
Jessie started her engineering career as an intern with Boeing Defence in Australia. Since moving to the UK, her role on the E-7 programme has allowed her to set her sights on further developing her engineering career.
“A key part of any good Project Engineer is to identify possible gaps in the solution and identify alternative answers, in coordination with the wider team. I think you could consider my role as a ‘catch-all’. I get a lot of variety and exposure to the multiple engineering disciplines and functions, and I’m using this experience to explore the next steps in my career as a Boeing Product Review Engineer.”
Kim, Product Data Management Specialist – Mission Assurance
Kim has worked on leading defence platforms; the Chinook, the Apache and most recently, E-7 in her three years at Boeing. Kim and her team are currently lead the lifecycle of data and documents on the E-7 programme, helping to ensure this critical information is organised and traceable.
“The work I do today leaves a legacy. It’s important we get it right in these early stages. Doing my job properly supports Boeing’s efficiency efforts, as well as protecting vital information, so it’s hugely important for us as a business.”
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