Cellbond’s latest recruit, Marketing Assistant Nicole Calimlin, looks at what Cellbond has been doing to support women on International Women’s Day:
On International Women’s Day it is important to reflect on the progress and achievements made by all women. This year’s theme, ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’, focuses on ways we can empower women and further improve gender equality.
Women are still under-represented in fields such as science, technology and engineering. Cellbond are working to break down the gender divide by promoting opportunities and encouraging more women to take up engineering careers.
On Friday 22nd February, we hosted a visit from the China Women Development Foundation and Samsung Explore Future Technology to encourage young women to study and undertake a career in engineering. We started with a presentation explaining our business and our brands, and then explained how our Crash Test Dummies, Flex-PLI Legform and how our aPLI (advanced Pedestrian Legform) work. Our visitors, who ranged in age from 12-18, then grilled our engineers about materials, build and test protocols.
We then gave them a tour of our Stonehill facility where they were able to see the Cellbond THOR-50M Dummy, the Q3, Q6 and Q10 Q Series child dummies, the Flex-PLI and the aPLI . The students were also showed how each part is tested and certified and were also shown a demonstration of our sled test to show how an impact crash test would work. The visit was very successful, and the students believed that the day has helped them in exploring and working towards fulfilling their potential as future engineers.
As one of the leading companies in the automotive safety industry, we put great importance on supporting and empowering girls to pursue engineering as a career. We believe that their ideas equally influence the future of the automotive safety, and we welcome applications for internships which we consider on merit, regardless of gender.
The Women’s Engineering Society, which is 100 years old this year, is a good resource for women who are thinking into going to the engineering career path. They have multiple events and a professional network of women engineers, offering inspiration, support and professional development. Check their website (https://www.wes.org.uk/ ) to find out more about women in engineering and to also explore and connect to other women engineers.