Created by the Royal Academy of Engineering, a charity that brings together the UK’s best engineers to advance excellence in engineering for the benefit of society, This Is Engineering Day is a day dedicated to publicly celebrating the engineers and engineering shaping our everyday lives and the world around us.
The UK faces a significant skills and diversity shortfall in engineering and technology – the latest figures estimate a shortfall of 59,000 engineers every year, and only 12% of professional engineers in the UK are female. And yet, engineering shapes the world around us – from providing technologies that make our everyday more efficient, to improving environmental sustainability – and it’s therefore incredibly important that engineers reflect the diversity of the society they serve, and that we attract more young people to the profession.
To address this, the Academy is running a campaign called This is Engineering that challenges the narrow and outdated stereotype of the engineer and encourages more young people from all backgrounds to consider engineering as a career.
As part of this campaign, This Is Engineering Day 2019 is focused in on showcasing what 21st century engineers and engineering really look like.
Fragrance engineer Olivia, spacesuit designer Vinita, workout hacker Charles and power pioneer Enass are just four of the 19 individuals the campaign is profiling to put a face to a profession that is as surprising as it is change-making; it’s why the Academy’s CEO, Dr Hayaatun Sillem, is appealing to companies, organisations and individuals across the UK to join the charity in publicly showcasing – online and offline – their more diverse, often hidden, and most definitely surprising face of engineering on the 6th November.
Fresh research to illustrate and explain the issues facing the UK’s engineering profession
Striking new images both moving and still illustrating engineers and engineering as you’ve never seen them before
Access to spokespeople: Dr Hayaatun Sillem, individual engineers taking part in the campaign, and senior representations from engineering and technology companies taking part in the campaign.
You can get involved in This Is Engineering Day 2019 on Twitter @ThisIsEng or by using the Hashtag #ThisIsEngineering . From November 6 we’ll also be on Instagram @ThisIsEngineering .