Prof Danielle George becomes second female IET President in 150 years
Taking up the role from 1 October 2020, Professor George - Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Associate Vice President (Blended and Flexible Learning) at The University of Manchester - will be the second female President in the IET's history.
She aims to inspire new audiences with science, technology, engineering and maths; and will lead the IET's 150th anniversary celebrations. These will include the #DifferenceMakers campaign to find those who are using engineering and technology solutions to solve a variety of global challenges across the world, and to share these stories beyond the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) bubble, reaching new audiences globally.
The anniversary year will also recognise the IET's rich history and will feature unexpected partnerships in unexpected places to inspire the next generation of engineers. The IET is due to feature at the UK Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 (now in 2021), Dubai UAE, as well as launch a junior membership club.
Engineers are great at keeping secrets, especially about the positive difference engineers make! I will be working hard over the next year to help inspire the next generation and make sure they see all the different and exciting opportunities available within engineering and technology.
To achieve this, we need to be telling the stories of incredible difference makers around the world so that young people become inspired to solve engineering challenges. Engineers have been solving many of the challenges facing communities across the globe for generations, and they continue to do so now – making an ongoing difference to the world around us – and it's these stories we need to tell.
It's no secret that there is a shortage of engineers in the UK, so it's vital we have more young people considering engineering and technology careers to ensure the future pipeline of talent. As engineers, it's our duty to speak passionately about our careers so that more people join us and have the chance to change the world.
In her inaugural President's Address, which takes place virtually on 8 October, Professor George will take viewers on a journey celebrating some of the most inspiring difference makers of the past, tell us about the people who informed her decision to become an engineer, and take a look at the influencers of the future:
The world needs new engineers…
Whether your skills are creative, academic or practical, today’s engineers are a very diverse group, with a range of backgrounds, cultures, interests and skill sets.
And that's essential, because we're not going to solve global problems by doing things the same way we've always done them. We need to behave differently. By welcoming the most diverse minds into the industry, we can harness new perspectives, new ways of thinking, new insights, new ideas and new approaches to long-standing challenges.
For young people who love solving puzzles and want a fantastic career, engineering and technology is the way to go. Because whatever your passion – from protecting our planet and plastic recycling to solar energy and smart homes – engineering and technology are at its heart.