Lecturer Dr Jenni Sidey has been honoured with an award by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in recognition of the ‘major impact’ she has made in the field early on in her career.
These awards recognise some of the potential influencers of the future in our rapidly changing profession.John Robinson CBE FREng, the Worshipful Company of Engineers
Dr Sidey, Lecturer in Internal Combustion Engines at the University of Cambridge, was one of five young engineers to win the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year competition.
Awarded with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, Dr Sidey received a prize of £3,000 and a certificate.
Following her PhD investigating low-emissions combustion, Dr Sidey worked as the lead post-doctoral researcher on a European Commission project for a year. She received an industrial research sponsorship from the Rolls-Royce University Gas Turbine partnership.
In July this year, Dr Sidey was named as the latest recruit to join the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps – one of only two successful recruits from almost 4,000 applicants. And last year, she was recognised as the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
Dr Sidey is one of the Department of Engineering’s ambassadors for Engineering Diversity. She helped form Cambridge Robogals in 2014, an international, not-for-profit, student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in STEM. It does this through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school.
John Robinson CBE FREng, from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, said: “Our charity, the Engineers Trust, supports both excellence and emerging talent in engineering. These awards recognise some of the potential influencers of the future in our rapidly changing profession.”