LSBU 100 - International Women In Engineering Day

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Our 10th and final event within the LSBU 100 - Women in Engineering event series. We look back and forward on promoting Women in Engineering

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As we conclude the LSBU 100 – Women in Engineering event series, we look to celebrate how LSBU has been teaching females Engineering over the last 100 years and we give ourselves perspective with looking back on this event series and picking on the topics such as research, disability, apprenticeships and BME communities.

We will have speakers who will be able to touch on these topics and look at the future of Women in Engineering as a whole. What can be done to make Engineering more attractive, inclusive and available for females to seek a career in the sector.

In the first half of the event, we look back at the event series we have created, and we will invite a few speakers to reflect on the event series of Women in Engineering.

The second half of the event sees us discuss what in coming years we need to do as a society to attract more females into the sector. We hear from industry professionals, young engineers and engineering companies to see what can be achieved and how it can be achieved.

The programme for the event is as follows;

2.30pm – Zoom Webinar Intro

2.35pm - Event Intro

2.45pm – Ruth Macleod Presentation, LSBU Archives

3pm - Reflections of a Leading Engineer, The 1970s by Dr Agnes Kaposi Presentation, former emeritus professor of Electrical Engineering at LSBU (Pre-recorded presentation)

3.15pm – Claire Miller Presentation, Director of Technology & Innovation, Octopus Electric vehicles

3.30pm – Short-fire questions with young aspiring engineer.

3.40pm – Steve Gladman, founder of Women Powering Smart Energy Fireside Chat with Narmeen Rehman, Distributing Energy, SEE

3.55pm – Susan McDonald Presentation Manager, Infrastructure and Capital Projects – Deloitte UK

4.10pm - Renewable Fuel Production in Microreactors by Sanaa Hafeez Presentation LSBU BEng Hons in Chemical and Process Engineering and studying PhD in Chemical and Energy Engineering

4.25pm – Panel Discussion hosted by Professor Deborah Johnston, LSBU Pro-Vice Chancellor Education with all previous speakers.

5.25pm – 5.30pm – Event Summary with Thank yous.

Registered guests will receive the Zoom Webinar links for this event one day before the event is to commence.

To learn more about our LSBU 100 - Women in Engineering event series, please see our YouTube Playlist to view our previous events.

To find out the history over the past 100 years of Women In Engineering and LSBU, please click to see our timeline.

Once a month, the LSBU Archive team will be releasing a profile piece highlighting the achievements of Women Engineers over the past 100 years. To read these profile pieces, click the link.


Ruth MacLeod is the archivist at LSBU, responsible for the care of the University’s historic records. This also includes helping research our institutional history and bringing it to a wider audience.

You can find out more about the archives on the Twitter feed @LSBUArchives.

Dr Agnes Kaposi is a Hungarian-born British engineer, the third woman elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Trained as an electrical/electronic engineer, she worked in the telecommunication and computer industries, developing methods for designing, engineering and using computer hardware, software and complex systems. She is the author of several books, among them ‘Systems for All’ (Imperial College Press) and ‘Systems, Models and Measures’ (Springer Verlag). An educational innovator, in the years 1975-1986 she built up one of the country’s largest engineering departments at South Bank Polytechnic, now London South Bank University. She worked as consultant to Siements, BT and the Admiralty, and to governmental, academic and industrial organisations in several countries. As Churchill Fellow, she studied the experience of women engineers in the West and behind the Iron Curtain.

Dr Kaposi was born a year before Hitler came to power, and started school at the outbreak of World War II. Many of her family and friends were murdered in the Holocaust. She worked as a child labourer in camps of Austria, and after the war she struggled through a decade of hardship in Stalinist Hungary. In 1956, the Hungarian revolution offered the opportunity to escape. Entering Britain as a graduate engineer, she started a family and built a career as a researcher, educator and consultant. She published her memoir ‘Yellow Star-Red Star’ in early 2020, and now presents to a wide array of audiences, speaking out against hatred, racism, and intolerance wherever it is found.

Claire Miller is Director of Technology and Innovation at Octopus Electric Vehicles, part of the Octopus Energy Group. Claire works at the cutting edge of consumer EV adoption and use-cases for a smart, connected, grid, including vehicle to grid and smart charging. She is passionate about bringing brand new technologies to market and into the hands of real users to make a positive impact on the world around us. Claire came to Octopus Electric Vehicles following an extensive career in R&D & innovation that spanned sectors including IoT tech, medical devices, and FMCG and took her around the world from the US to China. She was responsible for delivery at Hive during their start-up to scale period. Claire holds a Masters in Engineering from Imperial College London.

Steve Gladman has worked within the renewable energy Industry since 2010 and has collaborated with all the major UK players in the solar industry; from Engineers, Developers, EPC’s and Global Supply Chain, to Investors, Owner/Operators, Fund and Asset Managers. His network of clients and associates allows him insight to the wider issues faced by those active in the UK Solar PV Industry especially when managing regulatory and implementation issues.

He studied Law and is noted in the smart energy sector as providing networking and conferencing under the banner of Women Powering Smart Energy. These events have been pivotal in connecting businesses, expanding networks in the energy industry, informing, and enlightening on policy, market trends and business opportunities.

Women Powering Smart Energy is a voluntary, non-profit-making platform which aims to provide opportunities for business networking, insights & industry information and expert discussion through free-to-attend conferencing and social events concentrating on the Smart Energy & Low Carbon industry. All are welcome, but WPSE unashamedly puts its focus on smart energy businesswomen as a priority; those that are changing the landscape of the sector, the workplace and society. Equality can only come through first attaining a level playing field.

Sanaa Hafeez obtained a BEng Hons in Chemical and Process Engineering at London South Bank University. She is currently working towards completing a PhD in Chemical and Energy Engineering with a focus on the production of renewable fuels in microreactors. Her research interests include Reaction Engineering and Catalysis.

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