RS SOUTH AFRICA IS CELEBRATING WOMEN IN ENGINEERING ON INWED 2024

Encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers

RS SOUTH AFRICA IS CELEBRATING WOMEN IN ENGINEERING ON INWED 2024
Karli Oosthuizen, a final-year BEng Mechatronics student at NMU

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), an annual event that celebrates the incredible contributions of women engineers worldwide, marks its 11th anniversary on 23 June under the theme of #EnhancedByEngineering. This year, INWED celebrates women engineers who have enhanced lives and livelihoods through their work. These remarkable individuals contribute to building a brighter future for all of us.

RS South Africa Supports Women Engineers

RS South Africa is a trading brand of RS Group plc (LSE: RS1), a global provider of product and service solutions for industrial customers. The company is committed to supporting the next generation of female engineers through funding and career readiness workshops. “RS South Africa is actively involved in nurturing engineering talent and promoting gender diversity in STEM fields,” says Wesley Hood, Education and Social Impact Specialist.

In honour of INWED 2024, RS is highlighting the achievements of women in engineering. This profile piece showcases inspiring women who are making significant contributions to the field and motivating the next generation of female engineers.

Celebrating Women in Engineering: Inspiring Achievements and Future Leaders in STEM

Through its collaboration with Nelson Mandela University (NMU), RS South Africa champions women in engineering by funding various student projects and hosting career readiness workshops.

One such initiative is the Women in Engineering Leadership Association (WELA) at NMU, which provides professional and academic workshops designed to support and inspire women in engineering. RS South Africa plans to integrate its Education initiatives into the WELA programme, further equipping these young women with the tools and confidence to succeed in their careers.

Dr. Marshall Sheldon, Executive Dean of NMU’s Faculty of Engineering, epitomises the leadership driving these efforts. With over 25 years of experience in higher education and a solid background in chemical engineering, Dr. Sheldon passionately advocates for narrowing the gender gap in STEM fields. She highlights the transformative impact of engineering and underscores the pivotal role women play in advancing the discipline.

“By breaking down gender stereotypes and encouraging more women to enter and thrive in engineering, we can enrich the industry with unique problem-solving approaches and different leadership styles. In addition, women engineers can serve as role models, inspiring the next generation of female engineers to pursue STEM careers, thus fostering a more balanced and dynamic engineering landscape,” concludes Dr. Sheldon.

Dr. Sheldon emphasises that women can significantly contribute to this year’s #EnhancedbyEngineering theme by leveraging their diverse perspectives, creativity, expertise, and knowledge to drive innovative solutions. Their participation in engineering projects can lead to more inclusive designs and technologies that cater to a broader audience.

Inspiring the Next Generation: Karli Oosthuizen’s Journey

Karli Oosthuizen, a final-year BEng Mechatronics student at NMU, embodies the spirit of innovation and determination. With a passion for sustainable engineering and a commitment to diversity, Karli is a role model for aspiring engineers. She actively participates in outreach efforts, encouraging young people from all backgrounds to pursue engineering.

“All engineers should strive to enhance life through engineering. Women in engineering should focus on enhancing and improving areas where women struggle most, things only we would know,” says Karli.

Her message to young girls considering engineering is clear and empowering: “If you work hard and have faith, the right doors will open, and you will be successful. You are more than capable, and there is nothing someone can tell you that will change that.”

RS South Africa’s Commitment to Education and Innovation

RS South Africa remains committed to fostering education and innovation in engineering. By supporting initiatives like WELA at NMU, RS South Africa celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and encourages the next generation to explore and excel in STEM careers.

RS South Africa is a proudly Level 2 B-BBEE accredited company. For more information on how RS champions education and innovation, visit the RS South Africa website.