Tuesday, March 1, 2016

News: AESSEAL back drive for more female engineers

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Rotherham-based AESSEAL and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) have donated £50,000 to Sheffield Hallam University, aimed at encouraging more women to work in engineering.

With its global headquarters at Templeborough, £150m turnover AESSEAL manufactures mechanical seals for a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, food, water, mining and pharmaceuticals. With a focus on quality, the firm has won numerous awards including 12 Queen's Awards to date and was named the overall winning company for IMechE's Manufacturing Excellence Awards in 2011 and is now a partner in the awards.

IMechE is an independent engineering society working to raise the profile of mechanical engineering.

President of the Institution, Professor Richard Folkson, formally made the donation while visiting the University's Department of Engineering and Mathematics. Professor Folkson and other members of the Institution were met by Professor Jill Stewart, Head of Department, and Professor Alan Smith, Director of Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), who gave them a guided tour of the MERI labs. Professor Folkson was also introduced to automotive engineering students and members of the Formula Student team.

Professor Stewart said: "The support of AESSEAL and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hugely appreciated as we strive as a department to encourage more women to study and work in engineering. As a female academic, I am in a position where I can help promote engineering as an excellent career for girls, which is a task I hold very close to my heart.

"The donation from the Institution will support our highly talented female engineers."

Speaking during the visit, Professor Folkson said: "Sheffield Hallam's MERI is a leading facility, not only in the UK, but globally. We are pleased to be able to make this donation to such an important University, which is creating the next generation of engineers."

The Department of Engineering and Mathematics is one of the largest and most popular in the UK, with over 2,800 students following fully accredited undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes. The Department is currently undergoing an £11m redevelopment, part-funded by HEFCE, to provide additional state-of–the-art resources and teaching facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is investing £2m in a new specialist training centre on Sheffield Business Park. The building will become the principle training and examination centre for Argyle-Ruane Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution which is a global leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection training and consultancy services.

Acquired by IMechE in 2012, Argyle-Ruane Ltd currently has operations in the Meadowbank area of Rotherham.

Sheffield Hallam University website
AESSEAL website
IMechE website

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