Janet Mitchell, director of aerospace, defence & space at the UK’s National Composite Centre.
Janet Mitchell, director of aerospace, defence & space at the UK’s National Composite Centre.

Composites UK reports that Janet Mitchell, director of aerospace, defence & space at the UK’s National Composite Centre will receive 2019’s Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry award.

According to the organization, Mitchell honoured with this award for her work in championing diversity in engineering, and encouraging composites engineers of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. Her career includes composite wing research and development at BAE Systems and Airbus where she headed up the A400M wing project. She is also a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

‘It’s so exciting to be honoured in this way and I am deeply grateful for the nomination,’ said Mitchell. ‘At this stage in my career it’s great to have the opportunity to reflect on the work I’ve been involved. Obviously at the beginning of my career I did not see myself as a trailblazer; but as I progressed it became obvious that diversity of thought, background and experience makes a real difference to the profession. Championing that cause has been no hardship – and seeing the results of some of the initiatives I set up has been a fulfilment in itself.’

This story uses material from Composites UK, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.