IChemE members Amiaka and Lake named among Top 50 Women in Engineering

Article by Adam Duckett

TWO ICHEME members – Nike Amiaka and Amanda Lake – have been recognised in the Women’s Engineering Society’s (WES) Top 50 Women in Engineering awards 2024.

Since 2016, the awards have been announced on International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), held each year on 23 June. The awards showcase female engineers who have demonstrated outstanding work across engineering disciplines.

Amiaka and Lake were named as award winners for their positive impact on engineering, society, and people’s lives.

INWED 2024’s theme is #EnhancedbyEngineering, with a focus on highlighting the significant contribution of skilled female engineers to our profession, and how their work has made a difference to the wider world.

Amiaka, an IChemE Fellow and technical professional leader at KBR said: “I truly appreciate the work that I do as a process safety engineer in the energy sector, and also as a volunteer mentor supporting females, minority ethnic groups and young adults in STEM. It brings me so much joy and fulfilment to support people in achieving their career aspirations and developing their full potential."

Amiaka appeared on a recent early careers webinar hosted by IChemE. A recording of the event is available to watch here.

Lake, who is head of carbon and circular economy at Jacobs Water Europe, said: “Being an advocate and ally for women and those who identify as women in engineering feels more important now than ever given the transition we so desperately need to an equitable, just, climate-safe future for humanity. This requires systemic change at all levels which we will only achieve with more diversity in our thinking, actions and solutions, and far more inclusive collaboration. I am proud to try and play a very small part in this and to be recognised for my work on climate action in the water sector."

Lake is a committee member of IChemE’s Water Special Interest Group and has just completed a three-year term on the IChemE Learned Society Committee. She recently helped the Royal Academy of Engineering advise government on options to help reduce the risk of harmful organisms polluting UK’s waterways and making people sick.

WES also highlighted the achievements of four other IChemE members: Kathryn Malcolm, Christiana Udoh, Liana Zoumpouli, and Abisola Ajani in their list of 100 highly commended finalists.

The WE50 awards will be presented to winners during a ceremony in London tomorrow on 24 June.

Article by Adam Duckett

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