New IET President champions STEM difference makers to inspire next generation of engineers

01 October 2020

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IET President's Address 2020_580x280

Professor Danielle George MBE FIET, the new President of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), will use her year-long term of office to champion STEM 'difference makers' in a bid to get more young people interested in engineering & technology and inspire them to solve engineering grand challenges.

Danielle George MBE, who is Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Associate Vice President at the University of Manchester, became the 139th President of the IET today (1 October 2020).

Danielle will lead the IET’s 150th anniversary celebrations, which includes the #DifferenceMakers campaign to find those who are using engineering and technology solutions to solve a variety of global societal grand challenges across the world and to share these stories beyond the science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM) bubble, reaching new audiences globally.

The anniversary year will also recognise the IET’s rich history and feature unexpected partnerships in unexpected places to inspire the next generation of engineers. The IET is due to feature at the UK Pavilion at the World Expo 2020, Dubai UAE, as well as launch a junior membership club.

Danielle said: “Engineers are great at keeping secrets – especially about the positive difference engineers make! I will be working hard over the next year to help inspire the next generation and make sure they see all the different and exciting opportunities available within engineering and technology.

To achieve this, we need to be telling the stories of incredible difference makers around the world, so that young people become inspired to solve engineering challenges. Engineers have been solving many of the challenges facing communities across the globe for generations, and they continue to do so now – making an ongoing difference to the world around us – and it’s these stories we need to tell.

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Meet Danielle George_President of the IET_580x280

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of engineers in the UK, so it’s vital we have more young people considering engineering and technology careers to ensure the future pipeline of talent. As engineers, it’s our duty to speak passionately about our careers so that more people join us and have the chance to change the world.”      

An ambassador for STEM, Danielle gave the televised 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture (the sixth woman to present the Christmas lectures since they began in 1825), co-founded and developed the Manchester Robot Orchestra as a citizen science initiative, was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for "excellence in communicating science to UK audiences" by the Royal Society in 2018, and was awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to engineering through public engagement.

In her inaugural President’s Address, which takes place online on 8 October, Danielle will take viewers on a journey celebrating some of the most inspiring difference makers of the past, tell us about the people who informed her decision to become an engineer and take a look at the influencers of the future.

The IET President’s Address, ‘150 years of difference makers’, will take place live online on 8 October at 1pm BST / 2pm CET / 8pm CST / 8am EDT / 5am PDT, and will be available on demand via YouTube at:

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Professor Danielle George MBE FIET_President of the IET_580x280

Find out more by visiting the President’s Address website at:

About Danielle George

Professor Danielle George MBE FIET succeeds Dr Peter Bonfield OBE as President of the IET for 2020/21.

Danielle is Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering at the University of Manchester and a science communicator. Her expertise in radio frequency engineering and microwave communications is applicable to broad range of scientific and industrial sectors.

She has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. Her most recent work on broadband amplifier design at 116GHz is state-of-the-art and pushing the very limits of semiconductor technology.

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