AESSEAL and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers have donated £50,000 to Sheffield Hallam University, aimed at encouraging more women to work in engineering.
President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Professor Richard Folkson, formally made the donation while visiting the University’s Department of Engineering and Mathematics.
Professor Folkson and other members of the Institution were met by Professor Jill Stewart, Head of Department, and Professor Alan Smith, Director of Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), who gave them a guided tour of the MERI labs. Professor Folkson was also introduced to automotive engineering students and members of the Formula Student team.
Professor Stewart said, “The support of AESSEAL and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hugely appreciated as we strive as a department to encourage more women to study and work in engineering. As a female academic, I am in a position where I can help promote engineering as an excellent career for girls, which is a task I hold very close to my heart.
“The donation from the Institution will support our highly talented female engineers.”
Speaking during the visit, Professor Folkson said, “Sheffield Hallam’s MERI is a leading facility, not only in the UK, but globally. We are pleased to be able to make this donation to such an important University, which is creating the next generation of engineers.”
The Department of Engineering and Mathematics is one of the largest and most popular in the UK, with over 2,800 students following fully accredited undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes. The Department is currently undergoing an £11M redevelopment, part-funded by HEFCE, to provide additional state-of–the-art resources and teaching facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students.
Meanwhile, the Sheffield Hallam Solar Car Team have won an Institute of Mechanical Engineers award. The undergraduate engineering team, called Crucible, came first with their paper ‘Design Review and Validation of the SHU ‘Huntsman’ Solar Car’ at the Institution’s Viscount Weir Communications in Engineering awards.
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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions. Headquartered in London, we have operations around the world and over 113,000 members in more than 140 countries working at the heart of the most important and dynamic industries such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.
AESSEAL® was established in 1979, and quickly became one of the world’s leading mechanical seal and seal support system companies. Headquartered in Rotherham, and with operations in 42 countries, AESSEAL® designs, manufactures, and supplies mechanical sealing and reliability focused engineering solutions to major companies around the world across a broad range of industries.