Yewande Akinola, an engineer, left all in awe after winning the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, which is no little achievement. This award recognizes the very best of the female engineers, under age thirty, who work in the UK by the Institute of Engineering and technology (IET.) This is a true mark of youths with passion. Yewande said, “Winning this has encouraged me to work even harder to put all the effort I can into spreading the message about how successful women in engineering are and can be.
Yewande Akinola holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology degree, and a Masters in Innovation and Design. She works with a firm of consulting engineers, recognized globally, ARUP, An Independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists.
Initially, she had wanted to study architecture, but her mother thought she would do better in the engineering field. She is involved in water and sanitation issues in developing countries. She has been to Ghana, to see how she can come up with mechanized systems, and to Mozambique, where she has worked with Water Aid. She is working with people in Mozambique to solve the issue of pit latrines.
She exposes her engineering, as a way to promote it, via the media on UK TV, Channel 4 and Discovery Channel. Her first project on Channel 4 was “The Mission”, where engineers were able to re-produce a section of the Titanic’s bow to scale, and erected it at the Belfast dock.
Yewande hopes her story will inspire young girls to consider a career in engineering and will demonstrate the diverse and fantastic opportunities this industry has to offer.