ERPE student wins Women in Science and Engineering award
First year Civil Engineering student Charlotte Kerr has won the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Girl award.
Charlotte was presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at the annual WISE Awards on Thursday 13 November in London. The awards champion the cause of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - from classroom to boardroom. The WISE Girl Award celebrates a young woman under the age of 18 with a passion for science, technology, engineering or mathematics, who has inspired other girls with her outstanding achievements.
Charlotte was praised for her great drive and determination. As a dyslexic she was the only girl in her physics class in the Highlands and went on to become the youngest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador in the North of Scotland. She had also taken on a leadership role in her school’s Young Engineers Club and set up a “Positively Pink Engineering” Facebook page to inspire girls.
Charlotte said: “I am not a natural academic but have achieved through hard work, determination and resits. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to succeed in science – just someone who likes science! The award is going to give me confidence to go on and inspire more young girls into engineering. I believe that the future starts now.”