To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day we spoke to Rosie Lawton. In keeping with this year’s theme of “inventors and innovators” Rosie speaks about how she aims to innovate within her own career. Rosie works on the MIDEL range of ester transformer fluids, to provide technical support as well as developing formulations for future innovations.
What inspired you to work in this industry?
“I love science, especially chemistry but I find it more interesting when you can see how it is applied to real life problems. I have also been inspired by Anne Neville, my PhD project supervisor and a world expert in the field of tribology.“
What has been your experience of working at M&I Materials?
“I have only been with M&I Materials for a year, having joined during my PhD due to covid restrictions, but I am really enjoying it so far. My role is both challenging and varied but the company is supportive, everyone is friendly and approachable and has been understanding whilst I continue my PhD write up. I think M&I has a very good working environment.”
How does innovation come into play within your role?
“My role allows me to support and interact with university student projects. This benefits the company, with fundamental research being undertaken as well as enabling students to research and solve important problems facing the industry.“
This year’s IWED day theme is inventors and innovators. How does your work enable you to make a difference?
“MIDEL is a biodegradable alternative to common transformer oils which means it can be used in sensitive areas. It is also fire safe reducing unnecessary risk to lives. There is also a lot of interest around sustainability, and MIDEL fluids go a long way to helping transformer manufacturers innovate and deliver greener, safer assets.”
As an Engineer, what is the best advice you have been given, and by whom?
“You should never stop self-learning either from online resources, workshops or through colleagues/mentors who are experts in their field. The industry is never stagnant and to remain relevant, an engineer must keep adding to her or (his) knowledge.”
What would you say to girls in school or college who may be considering Engineering as a career?
If you are interested in becoming an engineer, just do it. It is a challenging yet rewarding career path. Gender should be irrelevant when choosing a career and women shouldn’t be discouraged from engineering, or any other male dominated profession.