Award-winning ESB engineer says the kick is in the problem-solving
Louise Roe, consultant mechanical engineer, ESB International

Award-winning ESB engineer says the kick is in the problem-solving

22 Oct 2013328 Views

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.

Watch the full interview with Louise Roe here:

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths

Ann O’Dea
By Ann O’Dea

Ann O’Dea is CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, Europe’s leading technology and innovation news service, reporting online since 2001. Ann was the driving force behind Silicon Republic’s Women Invent campaign, launched on International Women’s Day 2013, to champion remarkable women role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to help tackle the gender gap in the knowledge industries. She was the founder and curator of Inspirefest, a unique new international sci-tech event, which grabbed headlines for disrupting the traditionally homogenous tech conference calendar. Today, that event has evolved into Future Human an event that aims to showcase the leaders building the products and services for a new tomorrow. Ann is a fellow of the Irish Computer Society and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She received a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association in 2015 for her work on ensuring the visibility of remarkable women role models in her industry, and was named ‘Media Woman of the Year’ at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards 2014. In 2015, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. Ann sits on the advisory board of TeenTurn, which secures internships for under-represented youths in tech and scientific organisations. She is a sought-after speaker and moderator at tech and STEM events.

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