IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact

23 March 2022

IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact
IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact

A Gallery of Engineers, which aims to showcase how truly diverse, innovative & exciting the engineering & technology professions are, has been unveiled at Savoy Place, the home of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) in London.

The IET asked the public to nominate any engineer or technician who has made a positive impact on the industry or the world, and we received hundreds of brilliant and diverse nominations.

The top 95 nominations, as decided by a review panel, are now celebrated at the stairwell gallery exhibition at IET London: Savoy Place. The review panel comprised some of the best minds across the engineering sector, including those with experience championing EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion), and some representatives from the IET.

IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact
IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact

The list features people from the past, including some of the well-known greats, to some who had been overlooked, as well as incredible people from today and those working on amazing things for the future.

A few of the outstanding people who have been included are LatchAid creator, Chen Mao Davies; engineer and LGBTQ+ rights activist, Cel Welch; dedicated suffragette, Laura Annie Willson; and mathematician, computer scientist and enigma codebreaker, Alan Turing – all individuals who have made a real difference for today and tomorrow.

IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact_Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, President & Chief Executive of NMITE
IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact_Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, President & Chief Executive of NMITE

Other nominees included mathematician and the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace; inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell; pioneering pilot and the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia, Amy Johnson; Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceX and Hyperloop fame; renowned theoretical physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking; inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee – as well as Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, President & Chief Executive of NMITE, a newly launched higher education institution looking to create a new way of learning for engineering education, centred around teams-based, multi-disciplinary, practical hands-on learning and problem-solving.  

Speaking about her inclusion in the Gallery, Rodriguez-Falcon said: “Being celebrated alongside the likes of Ada Lovelace, Brunel, Edison, and many other extraordinary individuals of yesterday, today  and tomorrow, is something one doesn’t even dream about. I am tremendously grateful and humbled that the IET somehow thought me worthy of inclusion.

IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact
IET Gallery of Engineers celebrates impact

Head of EDI at the IET, Dr Laura Norton said: “I’m delighted to see the final collection of individuals nominated for recognition from our celebrating impact campaign. It showcases the true diversity of successful engineers and technologists throughout history and in the present day. These amazing individuals provide role models for the future generation and inspire us all.

At the IET we want to change outdated perceptions and showcase the diverse talent and creative careers in our sector, and this campaign helps us to do just that.

The exhibition is now available to view at IET London: Savoy Place or you can learn more about the inspiring 95 engineers and technologists on our website at: https://www.theiet.org/media/campaigns/celebrating-the-impact-of-inspiring-engineers-and-technologists-from-the-world-of-stem/


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