Engineering Professor named 'Woman of Outstanding Achievement'

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 19, 2010 03:05 PM |
Congratulations to our own Professor Helen Atkinson, from the Department of Engineering, who has been cited as a ‘Woman of Outstanding Achievement’ by the UKRC.

The UKRC is the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET. And SET is ‘Science, Engineering and Technology.’ So that’s basically the UK body responsible for promoting science, engineering and technology as a career path for women. Or, as their site formally states it: "The UKRC is the Government’s lead organisation for the provision of advice, services and policy consultation regarding the under-representation of women in science, engineering, technology and the built environment."

Each year the UKRC names six Women of Outstanding Achievement and this year one of those names is our own Helen Atkinson, Professor of Engineering and Head of the Mechanics of Materials Research Group. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering – and still finds time to chair the Project Development Team overseeing the redevelopment of our Students Union building.

Professor Atkinson studied Metallurgy and Materials Science at Cambridge and took her PhD (on the transmission electron microscopy of grain growth in oxide scales) from Imperial College. Before joining the University of Leicester's Department of Engineering she worked at Sheffield City Polytechnic, at Sheffield University and for the Atomic Energy Authority.

An exhibition of portraits of this year’s Women of Outstanding Achievement was unveiled this week at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In 2008 the University of Leicester was presented with an Athena Swan Bronze Award for our work and proposals to improve the participation of women in SET within the University.