WISE Blog

Each month a different woman describes her choice of career on our blog, creating a fascinating snapshot of women who are in a minority - inventors, experimenters, engineers, technicians, scientists, researchers and more.

Some blogs feature a controversial viewpoint on a particular topic, and open up a starting point for discussion.

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Aradhna Tayal: My dad always told me that I could achieve anything

Aradhna Tayal: My dad always told me that I could achieve anything
Posted 1st September 2014 by Aradhna Tayal

Aradhna Tayal is a Distribution Manager at the BBC

Growing up, my dad always told me that I could achieve anything I wanted to in life, and I chose to believe him! I certainly didn’t have a shortage of role models – both of my parents were…


Simone Earle: A journey inspired by WISE

Simone Earle: A journey inspired by WISE
Posted 1st August 2014 by Simone Earle

Engineering runs through my blood, with the very definition supplied by Google totally summing me up! “The action of working artfully with science, mathematics and technology; to bring something about.”

Rather like the cliché, I too have…


Carole Bayliss: If it wasn’t for WISE I would not be a civil engineer today

Carole Bayliss: If it wasn’t for WISE I would not be a civil engineer today
Posted 1st July 2014 by Carole Bayliss

Carole Bayliss is a Senior Route Asset Manager with Network Rail. She joined the rail industry straight from University as a graduate and then became a Track Engineer in her 20’s. "At that time there were no other lady track engineer’s…


Sarah Haslam: Improving the World through Engineering

Sarah Haslam: Improving the World through Engineering
Posted 2nd June 2014 by Sarah Haslam

So……why did you choose Engineering?

This has been a question I have been asked frequently during my 20 years of working within automotive engineering but I am sure my male colleagues very rarely do!

I have my standard response of “well….. I…


Dr Joanna Kennedy: How far have we come? And how far to go?

Dr Joanna Kennedy: How far have we come? And how far to go?
Posted 1st May 2014 by Dr Joanna Kennedy OBE FREng FICE

Still a need for significant change

In the late 1960s my original motivation to become a professional engineer was to use my technical skills in maths and physics in a creative way to make a positive difference to the way people lived and to…


Jane Simpson: How a ‘light bulb’ moment helped me get into electrical engineering

Jane Simpson: How a ‘light bulb’ moment helped me get into electrical engineering
Posted 1st April 2014 by Jane Simpson

The ‘light bulb’ moment

Being able to make a light bulb work on the WISE bus opened up my eyes to the world of engineering and made me realise that engineers were tasked with designing, making and improving the world we live in. Without…


Katherine Jackson: Engineering - a passport to travel

Katherine Jackson: Engineering - a passport to travel
Posted 1st March 2014 by Katherine Jackson

Engineering: a passport to travel

Engineering and travelling the world. Not a combination I thought possible when growing up. I guess like many young person’s idea of engineering, I thought it would solely involve getting my hands dirty,…


Ila Glennie: How WISE got me into engineering, and why I stayed in Engineering!

Ila Glennie: How WISE got me into engineering, and why I stayed in Engineering!
Posted 1st February 2014 by Ila Glennie

Encouragement and Influence

I had a number of influences that led me to a career in engineering. Both at school and at home, I was always encouraged to do what I was interested in, and there was no expectation that girls would not take…


Sarah House: Engineering - contributing to life, health and dignity

Sarah House: Engineering - contributing to life, health and dignity
Posted 1st January 2014 by Sarah House

Finding inspiration

I went on one of the first, if not the first WISE week, in Cardiff back in 1984.  I was in my sixth form and I had been given a leaflet from my female physics teacher who knew I was interested in possibly doing engineering…


Olga Degtyareva: helping women in science to be more productive at work

Olga Degtyareva: helping women in science to be more productive at work
Posted 2nd December 2013 by Olga Degtyareva

Olga Degtyareva, a research scientist for the last 13 years, now runs her own company Productivity for Scientists helping women to be more productive at work and to feel happier in their lives.

I have been a scientists for my whole adult…