O’Dowd celebrates feminine colleagues on International Women in Engineering Day

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International Women in Engineering Day #INWED (June 23) is being supported by Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd and celebrated by the Department as a complete.


John O'Dowd - DfI Minister

The annual occasion highlights feminine engineers, giving them a profile in a traditionally male-dominated occupation.

#INWED is a Women’s Engineering Society (WES) initiative, which is now in its ninth 12 months and goals to encourage extra females to pursue engineering careers.

Minister O’Dowd mentioned:

“Today, on International Women in Engineering Day I am proud to lend my support and highlight some of our Department’s hugely talented female engineers. Among them are award-winners whose excellent work has made a real difference to society as a whole and the wider environment. The Department strives to support women to achieve their full potential as engineers and is an active promoter of gender diversity and workplace equality. It also places a strong emphasis on education and training to nurture the up and coming engineers of our future. Today and every day, we celebrate all our wonderfully dedicated female engineers – thank you for all of your hard work.”

Throughout the day, the Department shall be celebrating a few of its many proficient and devoted feminine engineers on its social media platforms together with Rachel Owen whose rewilding work received her the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) ‘Environmental Engineer of the Year 2021’ award.


Rachel Owen - IWED 2022
Rachel’s undertaking, in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster Wildlife, affords perception into the environmental affect of infrastructure tasks and highlights the advantages of rewilding roadside verges with wildflowers from an engineering perspective. Rewilding not solely improves circumstances for pollinators and wildlife, it could additionally cut back water runoff into the drainage system. 

Rachel, a eager beekeeper who’s from Bangor and works within the Department’s Traffic Management staff, mentioned:

“I love being an engineer and would encourage  women of all ages to take up the profession. It’s a very rewarding career and I’m really happy I chose it.”

During Women in Engineering Day, the Department can even be profiling three different feminine engineers who work in numerous areas of the Department’s Roads and Rivers Group.  

Notes to editors: 

  1. Photo caption: Minister John O’Dowd helps International Women in Engineering Day #INWED. Throughout the day the Department shall be highlighting its feminine engineers on its social media platforms.
  2. Photo caption: Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) Environmental Engineer of the Year 2021, Rachel Owen who works within the Department’s Traffic Management staff.
  3. All media queries ought to be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: [email protected]
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries solely between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The obligation press officer may be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
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