Engineering Science Graduate wins IET Young Woman Engineer of Year Award

Dr Hanna Sykulska-LawrenceDr Hanna Sykulska-Lawrence, graduate of the Department of Engineering Science (St Catherine’s College, Oxford 2004) and currently a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London, recently won the UK’s Young Woman Engineer of Year Award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The award (a cheque for £1,000 and a trophy) recognises a young female engineer who has established herself as a dynamic and technically excellent professional. Hanna will be an ambassador and role model representing women in engineering.

Last year Hanna was the only female engineer in the UK to take part in NASA’s Phoenix mission to Mars. Hanna was the Instrument Downlink Engineer at NASA mission control in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Hanna said, “The goal of the mission was to explore the northern plains of Mars. Various instruments from previous space orbiters had detected ice in this region. Ours was the first mission to actually analyse this ice in detail.”

Hanna who recently got married and finished her PhD is keen to be involved in space mission work in the future. Remembering her time at Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science, Hanna recalled: “I remember dreaming of being involved in space science; my degree at Oxford has proved to be a fittingly broad foundation for the varied demands of my work.”

Acknowledgements: Colin Smith, Imperial College London and Lorna Sharpe, IET.