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in Engineering Day An Ar ti c l e by Women 's E ng in e ering S o ci e ty t h roug h D aw n B on f i el d, CE ng , F I MMM, FICE, FWES .

In spi r i ng Wom en a s E ng i n e er s , S c i enti sts an d Te c h n i c a l L e a d er s Ab out D aw n B onf i el d, CE ng, FIMMM, FICE, FWES DAW N B O N F I E L D I S C H I E F E X E C U T I V E of the Women's Engineering Society. She is a materials engineer, graduating from Bath University with a Degree in Materials Science. She has worked in the atomic energy, automotive and aerospace sectors for AERE Harwell, Peugeot SA in Paris, British Aerospace in Bristol, and MBDA in Stevenage. She has also worked for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and joined WES in 2011, becoming President in 2014. She became Chief Executive in 2015 - the first CEO that the Women's Engineering Society has employed in its history. Dawn is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of WES, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. She is passionate about supporting women in engineering, and is founder of National Women in Engineering Day, and the WES outreach activities 'Magnificent Women' and the 'Sparxx' project. Her Presidential theme was 'women returners' and she is working on a number of initiatives to support women to return to work after career breaks.

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Dawn has recently written a report for the Institution of Civil Engineers called Disruptive Diversity which has set out how this large institution can increase its diversity and inclusion to make a step change in attracting and retaining a diverse range of members. In addition to her work with WES Dawn is Patron of Alton Convent School, a member of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining Women in Materials committee, a steering group member of the 100 Years of Women in Transport Campaign, a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity Concordat, an Advisory group member for the Science Museum's Engineer Your Future careers exhibition in 2014, a judge for a number of competitions in engineering including the Talent2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls and the WISE / Evoke bursaries for girls in engineering. Dawn has recently been awarded the SEMTA Diversity in Engineering Award 2016. Information taken from http://www.wes.org.uk/dawnbonfield


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