STEM Matters: IET President’s Address champions 150 years of #DifferenceMakers…

Author : Mark Gradwell | Editor | EPDT

02 November 2020

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In her President’s Address, delivered live from the IET’s Savoy Place London home via YouTube on October 8th 2020, Professor Danielle George MBE FIET, new President of the IET, outlined how she will use her year-long term in office to champion STEM ‘Difference Makers’ in a bid to get more young people interested in engineering & technology and inspire them to solve the global engineering grand challenges facing humanity...

This column was originally featured in the November 2020 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

EPDT Editor, Mark Gradwell was watching along and here, he summarises the address for you...

Danielle George, a 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 Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) on October 1st 2020, succeeding Dr Peter Bonfield OBE. Her expertise in RF engineering & microwave communications is applicable across a broad range of scientific and industrial sectors, and she has worked with both NASA & ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. Her most recent work on broadband amplifier design at 116GHz is pushing the very limits of semiconductor technology.

In her role as a science communicator & STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) ambassador, 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, has given TED & TEDx talks, was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for “excellence in communicating science” by the Royal Society in 2018, and was awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to engineering through public engagement.

Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT
Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT

2020 IET President’s Address: 150 years of Difference Makers

Normally delivered at the IET’s Savoy Place London home to an audience of STEM leaders, industry luminaries and IET members, because of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, Danielle’s inaugural IET President’s Address, ‘150 years of Difference Makers’, was delivered online on October 8th via YouTube. Still talking live from the stage at Savoy Place, Danielle took viewers on a journey celebrating some of the most inspiring difference makers of the past, told us about the people who informed her decision to become an engineer and took a look at the influencers of the future. She also fielded questions, posed via social media, from her co-host, Elise Tan-Roberts, one of the presenters of FYI, the Sky News children’s programme. Elise was the youngest person ever to be admitted to Mensa, at the age of two years and four months, and has an IQ of 156 – just four points short of Albert Einstein!

Danielle opened her President’s Address by acknowledging how proud she was to be part of a global institution with a vision to engineer a better world and inspire the engineers of tomorrow. “I’m going to use my year in office to champion Difference Makers – people who are having a massive impact on the world around us – and inspire more young people into engineering & technology,” she said, before taking us on a journey celebrating the most inspiring Difference Makers of the past and taking a look at the influencers of the future – as well as sharing her own personal story of becoming an engineer...

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