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Elizabeth Donnelly to make keynote presentation at the NSIRC 2019 Annual Conference

Elizabeth Donnelly to make keynote presentation at the NSIRC 2019 Annual Conference


Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Engineering Society, will be giving a keynote speech on the ‘Importance of women in engineering’ at the NSIRC 2019 Annual Conference.

After an early career in IT, Elizabeth graduated from the Open University, specialising in systems thinking. She worked with Rolls-Royce from 2005-2008 and was awarded Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society as a result.

Elizabeth went on to lead skills policy for ADS Group Ltd, the trade association for aerospace, defence and security. She chaired the RAeS Education and Skills Committee and was a founding member, and later Deputy Chair, of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee. Elizabeth also founded the RAeS Amy Johnson Named Lecture in 2011, and from 2008-2011 was a Non-Executive Director of the East Midlands Regional Development Agency.

In 2013 Elizabeth set up her own consulting company working with charities and universities and graduated with an MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice from the Open University in 2017.

Elizabeth’s keynote speech echoes the initiative set up at TWI to promote women in engineering. The Tipper Group was launched by a group of engineers at TWI Ltd, The Welding Institute and the National Structural Integrity Centre (NSIRC) in autumn 2016.  

The group is named after Constance Tipper, the female engineer who investigated the wartime Liberty Ship fractures as a researcher in Cambridge. It was through this work that Tipper became the first person to define the ductile–brittle transition curve to identify the temperature at which a metal becomes prone to shattering (brittle) under load, rather than deforming (ductile).

Consisting of TWI engineers and NSIRC PhD students from a wide variety of disciplines, The Tipper Group aims to provide events and networking opportunities to support and inspire female engineers in welding, joining and associated technologies.

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) 2019 Annual Conference will be taking place on the 2-3 July at the Granta Centre, TWI Ltd, Cambridge. Now in its fifth year, the NSIRC Annual Conference presents industry-lead engineering research being produced by NSIRC PhD students.

For the 2019 Annual Conference, over 60 students will be presenting their PhD research, with topics varying from advanced materials / coatings, novel joining methods, innovative monitoring technologies, data analytics, robotics, advancing non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and many more.

NSIRC is also delighted to welcome further keynote presentations from David Holmes, Manufacturing Director of BAE Systems’ Air Sector, and Alasdair Coates, Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Council.

Attendees at the 2019 Annual Conference will consist of TWI industrial partners and members such as BP and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, alongside representatives from our academic partners, which include the UK’s top universities.

Please follow this link to register your attendance.


Elizabeth Donnelly
Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Engineering Society