IET’s Professor Danielle George receives CBE for services to engineering

30th December 2023
Paige West

Professor Danielle George, a Fellow and Past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), was honoured with a CBE in the King’s New Year Honours list for her outstanding public engagement in engineering.

Renowned as a radio frequency engineer, astrophysicist, science communicator, and broadcaster, Danielle's contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) are profound. Her recent CBE recognises her role as an ambassador for women in engineering, her efforts in championing STEM education, and her inspiration to the next generation, vital for the future skills pipeline.

Upon receiving news of her CBE, Danielle remarked: "It was truly unexpected and a huge shock to open the very official looking envelope. I’m very grateful to those involved in my nomination – I’ll find out who you are. We need young people to know that whether they’re into sports, music, fashion, flying, healthcare or improving our climate, there is a place in engineering and technology for them. Let’s celebrate engineering and all its ingeniousness!"

Ed Almond, IET Chief Executive and Secretary, commented on her achievement: "This is a fantastic achievement for Danielle and a testament to her hard work, commitment and success in engineering and technology.

"Danielle has dedicated her career and voluntary work towards driving change within the STEM sector. She is an advocate for women in engineering, an active role model for young people considering STEM careers, and a recognised senior leader within the sector.

"Danielle has campaigned to embed engineering learning outcomes into the national curriculum, and she played a pivotal role in the IET’s 150th anniversary year. Through her vision and action, she directly challenged and changed engineering stereotypes amongst the next generation, helping the IET to take STEM beyond its normal communities to change the narrative on what being an engineer really means to wider society."

Danielle joined the IET in 2017 as a Trustee, later serving as President in 2020/21. During her presidency, which coincided with the IET's 150th anniversary, she introduced the concept of ‘Difference Maker’, advocating for engineering outreach beyond the traditional STEM audience.

A fierce proponent for women in engineering, Danielle regularly highlights the accomplishments of young female engineers. In 2021, she met with then Chancellor Rishi Sunak, alongside IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year finalists, to discuss increasing the visibility of women in STEM as role models.

Moreover, Danielle spearheaded the initiative to incorporate engineering into primary school curriculums through the IET’s Engineering Kids Future’s campaign. Garnering support from over 150 businesses, educational institutions, leaders, and celebrities, she presented actionable recommendations to the Government for curriculum adjustment.

Danielle also holds the position of Vice-Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students at the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, where she is a Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering.

Product Spotlight

Upcoming Events

View all events
Latest global electronics news
© Copyright 2024 Electronic Specifier