Strathclyde Alumna named among Top 50 Women in Engineering 2017

Susan McDonald

A Strathclyde alumna has been named as one of the top 50 women in engineering in the UK.

Susan McDonald, a senior consultant in infrastructure and capital projects with Deloitte Consulting, was included in the Daily Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2017 supplement, published in partnership with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and sponsors Scottish Power, Bechtel and BAE Systems.

She has also been recognised in Management Today's list of 35 woman under the age of 35 who are 'rewriting the rules of work'.

The Daily Telegraph supplement noted that Ms McDonald, who graduated from Strathclyde with a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in 2010, is “committed to changing perceptions of engineering and has been recognised for her leadership and technical contribution to the energy industry”.

It goes on to say: “She’s won awards for her role in encouraging diversity and won the EY and Energy UK Young Energy Professional Award. She’s spoken alongside leaders at Energy UK’s national conference and at other leading energy events. She’s also volunteered with climate change charity Earthwatch and other sustainability initiatives. Previously a regulatory manager at National Grid, she now works within change programmes across the power and utility sector.”

The Top 50 Women in Engineering campaign was launched in 2016 to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day. It aims to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry to support greater representation at boardroom level and provide role models for young girls and women interested in a career in engineering.

Ms McDonald said: "It is such an honour to be chosen as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017 on International Women in Engineering Day. I hope to use this as a platform to help promote the exciting, global opportunities that engineering offers to both talented young women, as well as to men.

“The Top 50 Women in Engineering list is really important as it helps celebrate female engineers across different industries and sectors and shows how successful and rewarding a career in engineering can be.

“This is particularly important because of the skills shortage facing our industry and the discrepancy between the number of women versus men in the profession. For example, an IET report published in 2016 highlighted that only 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female.

“On a personal note, engineering has allowed me the opportunity to work with fantastic colleagues and work on large-scale, challenging and interesting projects that have put me at the heart of making a positive impact on society and economic growth.

“I hope the individual stories behind the list help to inspire other young women to consider a career in engineering. I will work hard to use this recognition to become a more effective role model and to support the next generation of engineering professionals.

“Furthermore, given the University of Strathclyde's commitment to professional excellence, this recognition will also help profile the University for talent development and technological skills as it provided me with a fantastic platform for my engineering career."