Sally wins WISE award

This year’s Ford WISE prize has been awarded to 22-year-old Sally Nicholson, a mechanical and automotive engineering student at NewcastleUniversity.

Sally received the Ford-sponsored £1,000 WISE (Women Into Science and Engineering) prize at the Young Women Engineer of the Year award ceremony in London.

Graham Hoare, Ford Motor Company’s engineering director heading up Dunton technical centre, who attended the ceremony said: ‘ The enthusiasm and passion shown from all finalists has been quite inspirational and it reinforces Ford’s commitment to encouraging young women to consider engineering as a career.’

Sally was selected by a panel of engineering professionals after a rigorous selection processes. Other finalists were Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, studying electronic engineering at University College London, and Julia Wilson, who studies civil engineering at SurreyUniversity.

Sally Nicholson said: ‘Winning the Ford WISE prize is a great achievement. It has boosted even more my enthusiasm to strive for a successful career in engineering. It is a very exciting time to be entering engineering and it is fantastic that women’s contributions are being encouraged.’

The Ford Motor Company WISE prize was initiated to recognise and reward exceptional women in the penultimate year of studying for their engineering degree. It is backed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

As an added incentive this year, all three finalists have been invited to a tour of the Ford’s Dunton technical centre in Essex, the UK’s largest automotive research and development facility, staffed by an engineering team of more than 3,000.

The facility specialises in commercial vehicle, engine and transmission development. Dunton’s commercial vehicles chief programme engineer Christine Lund presented Sally with her prize.