2017 WISE Woman in industry Winner

Amelia Gould Meng Ceng

Flet Naval Ships Combat Systems Director at BAE Systems

What three words sum up your STEM journey so far?

Exciting, challenging, impactful

Who/what inspired you to join the STEM sector?

My Physics teacher and my father

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t be afraid to say yes to a new opportunity – listen to those who believe in you

What advice would you give to women who are #1ofTheMillion working in STEM today?

Be proud, be bold, and use your voice to amplify others

What advice would you give to women and girls to encourage them to join the STEM sector?

That if they want to make an impact doing what they love while being creative, STEM is a great place to start.

Given the unique challenges we face due to COVID-19, how can we keep gender balance and diversity on the agenda?

Keep communicating, engaging to highlight role models or life stories of people overcoming obstacles or doing great things in challenging times. Lots of people are turning to Social Media and virtual networking now they are stuck at home, so we need to keep Diversity & Inclusion on the digital media agenda.

What can organisations do to increase/inspire more women into STEM?

Highlight role models, provide mentoring opportunities, talk about the UK skills gap ad all the exciting industries that are seeking people with a STEM background to help drive prosperity

What do you envision for the STEM sector over the next 20 years?

As companies seek to increase employees’ proportion of Working from home to reduce office costs, the STEM sector will become more virtual / digital which will be a great leveler and make it more inclusive. The virtual office environment takes away any issues with presentism and allows much better flexible working. The digital revolution will change many STEM roles, which will become much more driven by data analytics and AI – the critical skills will be creating the right models to do the analysis.

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