Boost your career in engineering

Title Boost your career in engineering
Organiser Ofcom

This event is aimed primarily at female engineers and women with an interest in pursuing a career in engineering.

We will be joined by Iris Barcia, Chief Operating Officer at Keima, Andrew Conway, Director of Engineering at BAI Communications and Betty Bonnardel, CEO & Founder at AB5 Consulting.

As the regulator for communications in the UK, Ofcom plays an important role in supporting progress in the sector. Our engineering teams work closely with technical experts across the UK and around the world, and we are committed to supporting improved diversity and inclusion in the sector and raising awareness of this exciting career path.


Today, only around 12% of engineers in the UK are women. Engineering is all about creativity and problem solving, across a wide variety of sectors and creating solutions for some of society's most pressing issues.


Women have been breaking ground in engineering for centuries. Below are examples of two women who through their creativity, innovative thinking and passion for delivering better solutions, have inspired generations long after them.


Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star and a passionate inventor. Hedy originated an idea that later became the foundation of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” The original idea, meant to solve the problem of enemies blocking signals from radio-controlled missiles during World War II, involved changing radio frequencies simultaneously to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages. While the technology of the time prevented the feasibility of the idea at first, the advent of the transistor and its later downsizing made Hedy’s idea viable with its success testament to Hedy’s vision.  This impressive technological achievement combined with her acting talent and star quality to make her one of the most interesting and intelligent women in engineering .


Martha Coston quite literally blazed her way into engineering history books. Coston is credited with creating a signalling flare system, known as Coston Flares, still used by the US Navy today. At the age of 21, Coston was left a widow with four children to support. Desperate times called for some creative thinking. She discovered a design for a pyrotechnic flare that her late husband had left behind in his notebook, and set about designing a signal flare that would work. For nearly 10 years she worked on perfecting the design, which needed to be bright, multi-coloured and long-lasting if they were to be effective tools for communication. She finally achieved a patent in 1859, with the US Navy paying her $20,000 for the rights to the flares – a lot of money at the time.


Today’s engineers are also breaking new ground, and this webinar will bring to you an exciting set of speakers, having followed different career paths but with a common love for engineering and telecoms and the fulfilment it brings. You will hear from senior women who have built impressive careers in engineering.  We will also discuss the important role men in the industry have in supporting women who have chosen to pursue a career in engineering in the telecoms sector. The session format will include a conversation with the speakers followed by Q&A.


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Start Date 03/12/2020 14:00
End Date 03/12/2020 16:00
Address Online
Available places 300
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