Former EEE student honoured at top 50 Women in Engineering event

Carol Morris2018 has seen a celebration of Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) from the Women's Engineering Society (WES), one of which is former Electronic & Electrical student Carol Morris.

Carol studied at the University in 1987, when she was 32, to study Electric Engineering. Having not come from an engineering background and having two small children at home this was a massive stepping stone for Carol and it has paid off as she is now Deputy Head of the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University.

Carol said: “I am delighted and humbled to have received a WE50 award as recognition of my work encouraging and supporting female engineering students.

I’ve always tried to encourage more women to enter the engineering profession as it is such a creative and interesting career with endless possibilities. In my current role at the Open University I have led work with our female engineering students. I have formed a partnership with the WES, initiated and organised an annual conference to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day and supported students who are frequently trying to change career to engineering from other professions.”

From 200 applications Carol was picked along with 49 other women in engineering for their contribution in inspiring the next generation of female engineers. The WE50 winners were awarded their trophies at an International Women in Engineering Day afternoon tea event held by the Women’s Engineering Society, hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering in June.

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of WES, said: “The nominations were all amazing. For the Top 50, we looked for women who had overcome hurdles and returned to or transferred into/or across roles in engineering. In addition, they have all demonstrated that they are doing something to help support and inspire other women to succeed and progress in engineering whether it is working within their organisation through mentoring or inspiring young women through STEM activities for example”

Founded in 1919, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.

Find out more about Carol on our Wall of Women.