Securing The Future of STEM Empowerment: This is Techwuman

One of my biggest excitements when we created the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Champions Program was that we’d be able to open previously locked doors to closer engagement with some of our most fascinating, skilled, certified, and involved users in industry from all around the world.

When it comes to Melissa Ahmed and Greg Beddoe from Techwuman, they are the embodiments of exactly what we’d hoped for!

Here at <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS, we continue to look for ways to make strides in making STEM education available for wider and wider audiences of students and learners. Part of this is building relationships with Champions in our community who go above and beyond in this area.

If you’ve followed along with us over the years, one person that may come to mind is Danielle Boyer. Danielle’s career and work continues to boom through this day, and I’m fully confident that her work within STEAM Connection will continue to pave the way for future designers and engineers of all background who will – all hyperbole aside – build the worlds of tomorrow.

Techwuman is a design engineering consultancy in the U.K. which was created to both provide engineering services while promoting gender equality in the engineering industry so that men and women get more opportunities to work together. They also work hard to promote STEM to younger generations, with a primary goal of inspiring them generation to take up roles in this industry to meet the demand for more engineers.

Like most organizations with a strong STEM enablement focus, its founders have backstories closely linked to their aspirations in this area. When I asked Mel about her background and how she got into the world of design and engineering, she told me:

“Since I was a child, I have had an interest in science, mathematics and art. I was very creative and spent hours trying to understand how things worked. When it was time for me to choose my degree subjects and specialize in one industry, I struggled to identify my ‘perfect job’. “

She continued: “I have always believed that influences in our lives guide us, give us purpose, and impact our career choices. Growing up, I was inspired by seeing my father in aviation. He spent over 24 years working in the airline industry with roles as a Station Manager in the Maldives and an Aircraft Dispatcher for various types of aircraft, including the Airbus A380 for Emirates in the UK. I was also inspired by my grandfather, who is a Mechanical Engineer. I loved watching him tweak gadgets and fix things as I was growing up.”

But on the path to becoming a founder and STEM advocate herself, Mel identified areas that needed improvement along the way.

“There is evidence to show that girls lose interest in STEM subjects as they get older and I have experienced that first hand,” Mel recounts. “Looking back, I have seen fewer females as I have advanced through the different stages of my education and career.”

Only 13% of engineers in the U.K. are female. We need to do more to improve gender equality in all of the STEM industries. Including all genders in a team provides different perspectives, and improves the thought process which, in turn, leads to

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