Who is Young Woman Engineer of the Year?

  • Last updated 11 Dec 2013

Who said engineering was just a man’s game? The 2013 Young Woman Engineer of the Year has been announced. The award forms part of a series of awards which recognise the very best female engineers in the industry. 


21-year-old higher apprentice Sara Underwood picked up the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Mary George Prize for Apprentices. She is currently training at Rolls-Royce where she spends time working in multiple teams within the Manufacturing and Engineering departments.

She works on process, quality and product improvements to help cut time and costs to the business. Sara’s apprenticeship has given her the opportunity to develop her knowledge academically through her HNC in Manufacturing Engineering, whilst allowing her to put her learning into practice in a corporate environment. 

Barry Brooks, IET President commented: “Sara is a worthy recipient of the IET Mary George Prize for Apprentices Award.  She has demonstrated her commitment to develop her career with some challenging work, combined with outreach work to encourage the next generation.   She should be very proud of her achievements to date.  She is a fantastic role model to all young people thinking of a career in engineering and technology.”

The winner, Sara Underwood, said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have received this award and it’s a real testament to the hard work I’ve put into my role at Rolls Royce.

“Engineering is a challenging but rewarding industry to work in and it’s great to receive recognition from such a long-running and respected institution as the IET.  Hopefully this award will mean the industry can continue to invest in the talents of female apprentice engineers for years to come.” 

Congratulations, Sara!


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