Here at the IET we’re committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the engineering community. We are a professional home for every engineer and technician and want to include everyone whatever their background.
If you are interested in supporting IET Education in raising awareness of Black History Month or would like to use some of our teaching resources and materials in schools then have a look at how we can help you.
Inclusivity podcast from our Undercover Engineers series
Join our robotics expert Eneni Bambara-Abban to find out all about her journey into engineering and the experiences she had along the way as a young black female. We discover why inclusivity and diversity are important in industry and how there is room for all. Undercover engineers podcast (theiet.org)
Portrait of an Engineer
In this stunning photoshoot campaign, leading engineers challenge stereotypes in the industry and tell us what they love so much about their engineering careers.
Dr Ozak Esu is working tirelessly in this area and has taken on roles that promote equality, diversity and inclusion. As well as serving on the Athena SWAN feasibility committee at Loughborough University, she has been a panellist for the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK. She has also mentored international students at London South Bank University, sharing her experience of the transition from student to engineering professional. Dr Ozak Esu - IET Education (theiet.org)
Look at Me Now
For children, toys and imagination represent a world of possibilities and invention. For engineers and scientists, the possibilities and invention never end. They are proof that our toys and dreams today impact our innovations tomorrow.
1. Mimi-Isabella Nwosu
Mimi loved Barbies and solving puzzles as a young girl and always thought she would become a medical doctor, however she didn’t get the grades required and after a chance encounter at university she fell in love with the opportunities and practicalities of solving world problems and helping people related to a career in engineering and has never looked back. Mimi now works to reduce waste and reuse as many materials as possible to protect the environment whilst also sharing her passion with children in schools to inspire the next generation of engineers. Mimi-Isabella Nwosu - IET Education (theiet.org)
2. Amanda Obidike
As a child, Amanda was very sociable and just loved to play with her friends. Her favourite games were “hide and seek” or just racing around having fun! Maybe that is why she chose to help people as part of her career. Initially she thought that becoming the next President would help her to reach the most people, but she soon realised that she didn’t need such a high position to achieve her goals and now works on addressing the under-representation of young women and girls in STEM as well as the leaky unemployment pipeline in Africa where she prepares Africans with STEM skills for current opportunities in the work force. Amanda Obidike - IET Education (theiet.org)
3. Dipendra Mistry
When Dipendra was young he dreamed of becoming an astronaut and being sent on a mission into space. He also loved K’nex and Meccano as well as looking at everything he could under his microscope! In his current role, Dipendra is developing the technology which sends radio waves from satellites in Space to the Earth.
4. Anne-Marie Imafidon
As a child, Anne-Marie wanted to be a weather forecaster and was always taking things apart, whether it was her computer, the TV remote or VCR players! This natural curiosity and love of STEM led her to be the CEO of Stemettes where she now helps young girls get into STEM careers that they will love!
So this Black History Month let’s all find out a little more about those working in Engineering and all around us helping to shape, create and maintain our wonderful world.