YEAR'S TO YOU Two Abertay University graduates hailed as official ‘Women of the Future’

Added: 13th December 2016

Chelsea Sievewright and Timea Taboori were selected by Equate Scotland, which celebrates women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

The Abertay graduates were lauded by ‘The Leading Women of Scotland’ publication as “young women making a difference in the early stages of their careers”.
The Leading Women of Scotland publication aims to inspire others by recognising the most inspirational women in science, engineering and technology from the past, present and future.
The publication was released by Equate Scotland to celebrate a decade of working to create a more gender equal STEM sector, which is normally dominated by men.

Along with five other young women, Chelsea and Timea were applauded as the inspirational Women of the Future.
The women included were narrowed down from the hundreds who have contributed to Scotland’s advancement in science, engineering and technology.
This also included Suzanne Birney, Scotlands Apprentice of the year 2014, Kelsey Morgan, Apprentice Ambassador 2014 in Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards, and astrophysicist and Aerospace Engineer, Naziyah Mahmood.

These women have continued to encourage and inspire other young women through their work and outstanding achievements.

Each woman has gone above and beyond in their line of work.

During her time at Abertay, Chelsea was named Computer Science Undergraduate of the year 2015.

She organised a successful ‘Interconnect’ event, which saw more than 40 women – academic staff and industry professionals – attend.

In 2015, Chelsea delivered a talk at the Scottish Parliament on her experiences as a woman in technology.

She was awarded distinction in the Abertay Principal’s Award for her extra-curricular activity, improving key skills employers look for in graduates.

After graduating in June 2015, Chelsea joined Prudential Assurance as an infrastructure Security Specialist within the Vulnerability Management team.

Meanwhile, Timea is an Engine Programmer with Rockstar North and the Chair of IGDA Scotland.

Originally from Hungary, she was determined to pursue a career in games from a young age and achieved her Honours Degree in Computer Games Technology from Abertay University.

She is a former GDC IGDA Scholar, one of Develop’s 30 Under 30 in 2013 and one of MCV’s Top 30 Women in Games in 2016.

After university, she joined Rockstar North where she has worked on titles such as Grand Theft Auto V.

She mentors at CoderDojo, inspiring young people in the world of programming and creative industries.

alat Yaqoob, Director of Equate Scotland, said: “Society’s entrenched stereotype of what women could and should do prevented them from being able to partake in education or employment.

“But there are several women who ignored these stereotypes, who not only took part, but led the way in scientific innovation.”

his publication only highlights a few of these pioneering women.

With women still in the minority at STEM, Equate Scotland aims to not only highlight the creativity and talent of some of the leading women in science, engineering and technology in Scotland but also to encourage other women to go that extra mile.

The ‘Women of the Past’ section also features some well-known faces from Dundee’s history.

Astronomer Williamina Fleming, who died in 1911, analysed more than 200,000 fragile plates of star light.

Her work is now used by astronomers to collate information on the properties of any star including its temperature.

Marine engineer Victoria Drummond, who died in 1978, worked at Caledon Ship Works in Dundee until 1922.

She was the first woman member of the Institute of Marine Engineers and was awarded an MBE and Lloyd’s War Medal for bravery at sea during WW2.

The Leading Women of Scotland publication shows that while women have a way to go in tackling occupational segregation in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

But there are clearly many talented women who are keen to lead the way.

The full list can be seen in the Leading Women of Scotland publication.


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