2012 WISE Excellence Award Winner

Jia-Yan Gu

Principal Engineer, NatWest at

What three words sum up your STEM journey so far?

Impactful, Evolving, Fun

Who/what inspired you to join the STEM sector?

The opportunity to be a change agent – to positively affect the way the world works and its future through new technology.

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

If a new role both scares you and excites you, it’s the best kind of challenge to take on.

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

Have confidence that you’re in the right place and be unapologetically present in continuing to make the huge contribution that you’re already making.

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

The STEM sector has no limits – your ideas and your skills are hugely valuable to help us solve important and interesting problems. Start with the first step, whether it’s a conversation with someone in STEM, signing up for a new course, or applying for work experience – you’ll discover a diversity of opportunities to choose from.

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

COVID-19 has proven that we’re adaptable to working in new ways. We can focus on the opportunities that this creates for us to connect with more people using technology and bring people together to keep the conversation going and reach even more people.

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

Focus on inclusion. Inclusion is an action so operate with the principles of transparency, meritocracy and removing bias.

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

Continuous innovation where everyone has a voice and can make a difference

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