Louise Roe is a consultant mechanical engineer with ESB International and has spent the past five years working on the gas pipeline to the Carrington Power Plant, Manchester, in the UK. In 2011, she became the first woman to be named Chartered Engineer of the Year by Engineers Ireland.
Women have always been somewhat out-numbered by their male counterparts when it comes to engineering, but the numbers are rising. The most recent figures from Engineers Ireland shows that one in 10 engineers in Ireland are now women, so while there’s a long way to go, we’re on the right track.
Roe graduated from Cork Institute of Technology in 2004, with an honours degree in mechanical engineering. She joined ESB International as a graduate engineer. It is clear when you talk to Roe that her gender was simply never an issue when it came to choosing her career path, but she does confirm that growing up, she was surrounded by positive role models in that field. We asked her about her experiences.
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