Engineering pioneers to be honored by Metro and McLaren Racing

Dr. Mark McBride-Wright in a helmet, works on a machine.

Dr Mark McBride-Wright is a gay safety engineer working to improve diversity in industry (Image: Tom Dingley)

Innovative engineers and employers who are changing the world will be honored at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Metro.co.uk has teamed up with McLaren Racing and the Royal Academy of Engineering to recognize the people who are breaking down barriers and making the industry accessible to all.

The Engineering Talent Awards will take place tomorrow in London, with a special focus on diversity.

It all started with a gay security engineer called Dr Mark McBride-Wright, the founder of EqualEngineers – a networking group for the LGBTQ+ community.

Dr. McBride-Wright created the agency after seeing the practical and safety implications of an industry so dominated by one population – white males.

He has appointed companies to successfully run their own employee networking teams, including Rolls-Royce, Transport for London and Dyson.

Dr. McBride-Wright works at a computer.

Dr McBride-Wright wants to celebrate ‘fantastic standards’ in engineering (Image: Tom Dingley)

Dr McBride-Wright.

Dr McBride-Wright believes it is important to ‘bring up the next generation’ (Image: Tom Dingley)

Engineers, of course, will also be honored, especially the person who wins the Outstanding Excellence in Engineering category.

This award will be presented by Metro.co.uk Executive Editor Richard Hartley-Parkinson and a representative from McLaren Racing.

Students from universities across the country will also be recognized, as well as engineering student associations.

Dr McBride-Wright said: “There are some fantastic role models in engineering and technology working across the UK and so the Engineering Talent Awards rightly shine a light on their successes and ingenuity.

“This is one of the most important events in the UK which also gives a huge platform to our country’s engineering businesses as well as the organizations nurturing the next generation.

“This year, we’re especially looking forward to celebrating the success of women in STEM as well as others from a range of different backgrounds.

“These awards are an important recognition of the country’s best and emerging engineering talent.”

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