Top Female Engineer Wins Soroptimist Award

On the 14th November ChenChen Wu (BEng Aerospace Engineering) was awarded the Soroptimist International St Albans and District: Peggy Hodges Prize for the highest performing female student completing the second year of a full time MEng/BEng Engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

Peggy Hodges was a highly acclaimed British engineer who was awarded an OBE for her services to engineering at a time when this was even rarer than it is today for a woman. Peggy was a member of Soroptimist International the global women’s organisation and she left a legacy to her Club, St Albans and District. One of the Soroptimist goals is to “improve the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment or enabling opportunities”. We created this award for these reasons and in honour of Peggy’s life.

Pictured here, following the prize-giving event, from left to right are: Helen Byrne President Soroptimist International St Albans & District Club, ChenChenWu with her award certicate and Professor Neville Reyner CBE DL Hon.DLitt who presented the award on behalf of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology).

For more about the life of Peggy Hodges OBE please follow this link: www.sigbi.org/st-albans/about-our-club/members-of-note/peggy-hodges-obe-1921-2008/