At the Forefront of Innovation – International Women in Engineering Day Webinar

22nd June 2021
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Date(s) - 22/06/2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, CSA Catapult will be hosting ‘At the Forefront of Innovation’ on Tuesday 22nd June and will be joined by a panel of female engineers, who are collaborating on projects and developing next-generation technology.

The theme for this year’s INWED 2021 is #Engineering Heroes, which the Women’s Engineering Society describe as ‘the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, who recognise a problem, then dare to be part of the solution’. Our panellists will discuss influential role models and the challenges they face when driving forward innovation. Speakers include Dr Fatemeh Hoveizavi, Senior Engineer at CSA Catapult, Leesa Kingman, Senior Embedded Hardware Engineer at Arralis and Professor Merlyne De Souza, Chair in Microelectronics at University of Sheffield.

This conversation aims to celebrate engineers who progress projects, consider ways we can create equal space for all innovators in STEM, and advocate key skills to inspire female engineers of the future. The session will close with a Q&A in which we welcome your questions. For more information on the webinar make sure you’re following us on social media.

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Please note: this webinar will be recorded.

Panellist Information:

Sally Roberts (Event Chair)

Job title: Business Development Manager – Advanced Communications Technologies, CSA Catapult

After failing to become a world-famous band manager by the age of 19, Sally went back to college to study Electronic Engineering. Six years later, spurred on by a keen interest in Space and Nanotechnology, Sally graduated from Surrey University with her degree in Electronic Engineering in 2012.

Shortly after graduating, Sally joined the incredible Texas Instruments Graduate Scheme for Technical Sales, with secondments in Paris & Dallas TX before settling into her role as Account Manager.

From there, she joined Future Electronics where she was the EMEA Business Development Manager responsible for NFC, RFID and Security devices.

In 2018 Sally joined the CSA Catapult (and the fast-paced world of collaborative R&D) as a Business Development Manager focused on RF and Communications.


Dr. Fatemeh Hoveizavi (Panellist)

Job title: Senior RF and Microwave Engineer, CSA Catapult

Fatemeh found her passion in Physics when she was a student at the NODET school. She chose to study Telecommunication Engineering at university and achieved her B.Eng degree in 2002, when her final project filed as a patent.

She started a job in the university as the Director of Industry Engagement where she helped over 300 students find their future paths into the industry. After three years, Fatemeh decided to pursue a master’s in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Malaya. She finished her PhD in RF MEMS and continued to work on various research projects in CMOS, MEMS and Antenna.

Fatemeh has wide range of experience in 3D EM modelling, microwave components and antenna design as well as RF CMOS and MEMS tunable devices. She has filed three patents and published over 10 papers.

Fatemeh has collaborated on R&D projects at different research institutes, including the Advanced Integrated System Device Group in Malaysia, Emerging Device Technology Research Group and Antennas and Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory at the University of Birmingham.

She regularly participates in STEM activities with the aim to inspire the next generation of Engineers.


Leesa Kingman (Panellist)

Job Title: Embedded Team Lead, Arralis

Leesa received her BEng(Hons) degree in Computer Systems Engineering from University of Sussex in 1999. Leesa found her love for engineering on a Girls Into Engineering course she attended whilst in the 6th Form at school. She has spent the last 20 plus years working in design specialising in FPGAs working across many industries. Leesa has been active in all aspects of design; architecting FPGA designs, HDL development though to simulation and then implementation, product test, project management to purchasing and taking products through to manufacture. Leesa has also managed teams of engineers.

Leesa is currently working as an Embedded Team Lead for Arralis in Swindon who operate in the communications, satellite, aerospace and defence markets with innovative monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), packaged modules, sub-systems and complete high definition radars and satellite transceivers.

Leesa has a particular interest in STEM and enjoys help inspire the next generation of engineers through work within the STEM Network.

Professor Merlyne De Souza (Panellist)

Job Title: Chair in Microelectronics, University of Sheffield

Merlyne De Souza received her B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics  (‘85) from the University of Bombay, her B.E. in Electronics and Communications Engineering (‘88) I.I.Sc, Bangalore, and her PhD (‘94) from the University of Cambridge, UK.  

She became Professor of Electronics and Materials at the Emerging Technologies Research Centre, De Montfort University in 2003 and Professor of Microelectronics at the University of Sheffield in 2007.

She has published over 200 articles in journals and conferences in multidisciplinary research, in thin film transistors for neuromorphic applications, CMOS Integration in GaN and RF Power Amplifiers.  She is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE EDS society and a member of the scientific committee of the IRT Nanoelec Council of France.

In 2020 Merlyne received the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award for promoting electronics engineering in schools.