We will contact the participants in the coming days, but the 2022 class will be published after the main day of the awards, which takes place on Friday, June 17 at Savoy Place at the IET in London. And we will profile them in more detail afterwards, highlighting their achievements (both online and in print).

Hard

Thanks to everyone who took the time to come in and who made the process of final decision so difficult. The selection panel had the difficult task of reducing the nominations to a final total of 30 to put together a 2022 class.

As in previous years, they welcomed the talent and enthusiasm of the recordings, with particular emphasis on the altruistic commitment to the STEM community programs. A very impressive set of records, the panel agreed.

The standard was indeed very high this year as well – which we look forward to emphasizing in our series of profiles – and we hope that all the participants who are not represented will not be too disappointed.

As a sign of the times, this year’s meeting of the selection committee was virtual. Full of experience and knowledge in the industry, the judges of EW BrightSparks 2022 took place (in alphabetical order):

  • Clive Codwell (Group Editor, Electronics Weekly)
  • Graham Kran (Chief Executive Officer, Sondrel)
  • Dr. Oli Folayan (Co-Founder, Chair, AFBE-UK)
  • Tim Mamtora (Head of Innovation, Imagination Technology)
  • Isabella Mascarenyas (Vice President, Grass Roots & Shining Stars, RS Components)
  • Lindsay Ruth (Chief Executive Officer, RS Components)
  • Lizzie Troute (Professionals, Strategic Development Manager, IET)
  • Nadia Young (President, European Young Engineers (EYE))

Inspiring industry

Why are we doing this? Electronics Weekly, in partnership with RS Components, believes that by celebrating the achievements of the most talented young people in the world of electronics, we can play an important role in inspiring and encouraging new players in the industry. This is particularly important in the context of the continuing lack of skills in the industry, with efforts by the UK Government and other organizations to promote greater acceptance of STEM and engineering subjects in schools and universities. Not to mention the Covid-19 pandemic.

culture

Discussing the strength of the participants, the judges’ discussion focused on how to better help promote engineering in general and electronics in particular among younger people.

Clive Codwell highlighted the early and important role of education. “How do schools help make engineering an exciting industry to enter?” That’s where the interruption happens first. Who inspires you the most? This is the teacher you had. “

Jazabela Mascarenhas noted that “the diverse combination of participants in BrightSparks does not reflect the industry” at the moment. There is still a great need to encourage people from different backgrounds in the industry

“How can we, the individual, move the dial?” She asked. “We need to work together, but what does that look like?” And one thing the participants agreed on was the need for diversity. Lizzie Trouet summed it up as the importance of getting the voice of underrepresented people. If you hear the same voices. you will do things the same way. ”

“Diversity of thought brings innovation,” agreed Tim Mamtora.

For her part, Lindsley Ruth stressed that socially, responsibilities that were once shared between the state, the church or business are now increasingly left to business. “How can we expand community programs and initiatives?” It’s up to the business to fill the gap. “

Olli Folayan expanded the issue to be a matter of culture and make engineering more central to society. “There must be a way to bridge the gap between human industry and culture. What we do as engineers must be part of our discourse in society. “

Tim Mamtora agreed, wanting to emphasize the role of engineering in the modern world, the public to “connect things in everyday life [with engineering] and consider how they got there. “

Actions

But to keep us on our toes and avoid complacency with EW BrightSparks, Lindsay Ruth concluded: “Recognition programs are important, but if we want to increase diversity in engineering, this is what follows: mentoring and advocacy. And how exactly do we become defenders to continue this over time?

Answering his own question, he quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson’s excellent words: “Your actions must speak so loudly that people cannot hear what you are saying.”

Important questions for another article.

Expect more news and of course the day of the awards, when the winners will be announced – just highlight www.electronicsweekly.com/brightsparks/


Selection panel for EW BrightSparks decides Class of 2022

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