The Institution of Engineering & Technology –(IET) recently launched the event titled “Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2019” ceremonially at Members lounge IESL premises, on 8th of March 2019 remarking the International Women’s’ Day. Event was graced by few eminent personalities
in the field of engineering Mrs. Niranjanie Rathnayaka immediate
past president The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and Emeritus
Professor in Department of Civil Engineering University of Moratuwa
as the chief guest for the event and Mrs. Rajitha Jayasuriya, Director sales and marketing / capital heights by Access Engineering PLC as the Guest of Honor for the event. They were joined by other distinguished
IET members Eng. Rukmal Jayasinghe, Director Minel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. and the Chairman of IET Sri Lanka Network, Dr. (Eng) Lalith Liyanage CEO at
Lanka Logistics & Technologies Ltd, Ministry of defence Sri Lanka,
Vice-chairman of IET Sri Lanka Network, Eng. N.A.G. Senanayaka,
Deputy General manager Sri Lanka Telecom and Former Chairman of IET Sri Lanka Network, Mrs.Yamuna Samarasinghe past General Manager of Ceylon Electricity Board and Eng. Rohan Seneviratne Deputy General Manager of Ceylon Electricity Board. IET UK is a professional institution
for engineering and technology community and its accreditation,
covers a broad spectrum of engineering and technology subjects.
IET – Sri Lanka is the responsible body in local context which promotes

IET global vision to engineer a better world and by informing, inspiring and influencing stakeholders in the membership. IET Young Professionals Sri Lanka in collaboration with IET Sri Lanka organized an awarding ceremony with the sole intention of developing interest among talented
Sri Lankan women to take engineering as a career option and to
develop their careers to promote engineering as well as to develop
innovative skills to enhance career prospects. As per the Women’s engineering society UK, Only 11% of the engineering workforce is female (1). And only 8% of registered engineers and technicians (i.e.CEng,
IEng, EngTech) are women (2). Hence, the intention of organizing
this event is to popularize the engineering and technology as a
profession among the women in Sri Lanka. Moreover, when considering

the economy, women contribute a significant portion of the domestic Dollar earnings through unskilled labour services to Middle East countries with
many hardships. Our aim is to promote engineering & technology to the Sri Lankan women while promoting engineering as a whole to the whole
population. It has been a long argued that men were better than women or
vice versa. However, as per the IET view, it is perilous to divide and argue
further and it’s time to encourage and promote all genders to play
an equal role for the development of the country to meet millennium
goals set forth. During the event, the website for the event ttp://ietypslywe. was unveiled

to the public to find more details about the awarding ceremony and the criteria for application. Also, the organizing committee set out
the plan for the event for the public. The event will be held from August following preliminary screening processes to shortlist the best of the best candidates. The final session will be held in November and the selected candidate will be crowned as the Young Woman Engineer of the year.
With the participation of finalist IET Young Woman Engineer, we will conduct several programs to promote engineering among school children in the form of voluntary activities planned for the year.