To celebrate the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED17) on Friday the 23rd of June, an exciting and informative morning of talks, networking opportunities with lunch and poster competition was held in Xfi Building (building number 30), Business School, Streatham Campus, EX4 4PU. The event was chaired by Professor Stephen Eichhorn (see below, first two pictures), Head of Engineering. He spoke about the role of women in different engineering areas in this institution and how female leading researchers in Engineering are achieving extraordinary outcomes. After that, he introduced the first speaker, then there was a short brunch followed by the last speaker talk. At the end, the poster session winner ceremony was carried on to conclude the celebration of the Women in Engineering day.
Professor Raziyeh Farmani (see below, next two pictures) provided new insights into her work on hydroinformatics. She also shared her experiences as a woman studying and working in Engineering in Iran. She followed her dreams against her parents and the society. Nowadays, she is a successful researcher with a solid background in engineering.
After Professor Farmani gave her speech, a delicious banquet was provided to all participants before the next speaker talk. In this gap of 50 minutes, the judges Dr Maria Rosaria Marsico and Dr Prakash Kripakaran analysed all the posters displayed in the main Hall of Xfi Building (Bussiness School) and decided the three winners who were announced at the end of the event.
After this break, Professor Monica Craciun (see below, next two pictures) spoke about her past too, sharing her career journey in terms of where she studied and worked. She started her academic life in Romania, then stayed in the Netherlands and Belgium to do her PhD. She moved to Japan for a Postdoc position at the University of Tokyo and finally got a lecturership at the University of Exeter. She is one of the research leaders in the Graphene Center of Bath and Exeter. She finally shared her group main commercialised research line: GraphExeter.
Finally, the poster session ceremony chaired by Stephen took place. The winners (see picture below with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize, respectively) in this competition were Charlotte Perrin (1st prize, £150), Kunyapat Thummavichai (2nd prize, £100) and Yan Xu (3rd prize, £50). This professional development activity is a Researcher-Led initiative that is is funded by the University of Exeter Researcher Development Team and CEMPS.
To see all the event pictures please use the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uhepbn0sq3qbg2m/AACMSyFVujlE7UDdJIUf09Kja?dl=0