STEM Student Set to Join Europe’s Elite Engineers

Anna Darafeja - Chief News Reporter

A UCLan student has been shortlisted as a finalist in a European engineering awards competition.

Zoe Francis, a construction project management undergraduate student has been chosen as a finalist for the Best Young Woman Engineer category in the European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards.

22-year-old Zoe is in the final year of her course, attending now UCLan once in a week to finish her studies. Being UCLan’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador, she has also visited several schools promoting women within the engineering industry.

Zoe is currently working on the Manchester Smart Motorways project, which is aiming to reduce traffic congestion, and make M60 and M62 journeys more reliable through using extra lanes and traffic monitoring technology.

Zoe, from St Helens, said: “I love my work. I’ve had a variety of roles and responsibilities since I joined Carillion full-time after my summer placement finished. I’ve worked in the health and safety department, then as part of the operations team within the earthworks and drainage team and now I’m part of the structures team as a site engineer. Combining this work with my University work is hard but it’s so enjoyable.”

Course Leader in Construction Project Management, John Ashton-Yamnikar, commented: “In being nominated for this prestigious award Zoe has demonstrated, in the best possible way, what can be achieved by a combination of ability, determination and endeavour. She has overcome many obstacles on her journey to become a finalist for ‘Best Young Woman Engineer of the Year’ and is a credit to herself, her family and her employer Carillion plc. The team is proud to say that she reflects the ethos of both this programme and the University.”

The awards ceremony will take place at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London on 19 May.


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