Titi Oliyide, Chartered Engineer, Member of the IET and Senior Process Safety Engineer at Supercritical, has been listed as a finalist for the prestigious Institute for Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Mike Sargeant Medal.
The Mike Sargeant Medal is awarded to an early career professional who has been judged to have made the most significant progress in their career over more than three years.
By being listed as a finalist, Titi has demonstrated technological excellence when undertaking an engineering project & excelled in leadership. She has been an outstanding role model & demonstrated exceptional commitment and has been particularly active in promoting the engineering and technology professions.
Without a doubt, Titi is hugely inspirational and committed to improving access and removing barriers for young engineers. She has been instrumental in Supercritical’s STEM outreach to date and is a driving force for upcoming programmes that we’ll be opening up soon! As a young, female, black engineer, Titi has demonstrated that in an industry still disproportionately dominated by white men, you can excel and you can make a significant impact on the profession. She is a role model and a fantastic to have as part of the team.
IET summarised EngineeringUK’s report – ‘Engineering in higher education’ – which shows that just 18.5 per cent of engineering undergraduates are female students. The report describes this as an “exceptionally low” figure compared to the 56.5 per cent representation seen across all subjects. The issue is mirrored across the engineering and technology workforce.
The Royal Academy of Engineering reports that “Only 9% of engineers in the UK are from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds despite 27% of first degree qualifiers in engineering being from these groups. Black engineering graduates are more than twice as likely to be unemployed six months after graduation than their white counterparts. For those that do secure engineering roles, our research has shown that Black engineers experience the workplace differently, reporting that assumptions are more likely to be made about them based on their ethnicity or nationality and that they are less likely to speak up about inappropriate behaviour in the workplace when compared to white counterparts.”
Proactively pursuing opportunities to reach out to minority groups such as Supercritical’s visit to Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls in Ealing as part of Hydrogen Week UK earlier this year, she continues to lead by example as a long serving STEM Ambassador and member of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK).
Titi will join other shortlisted finalists later this year at the IET in London to hear the final outcome. The whole team at Supercritical wish Titi the best of luck!
Learn more about the finalists here: https://www.theiet.org/impact-society/awards-scholarships/achievement-awards/achievement-medals/iet-achievement-medals-shortlists/?utm_source=shortlist_toolkit&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=achievement_awards
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