Two IChemE members were awarded prestigious national honours during 2022 for services to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and engineering. Congratulations to them both!
In the late Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honours, Chartered Chemical Engineer Yvonne Baker was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to STEM education.
As Chief Executive of STEM Learning from 2010–2023, Yvonne brought STEM organisations together with the strong belief that STEM education delivers economic, social, cultural and ethical value, with positive impacts on social mobility, diversity and inclusion.
Yvonne also volunteered with IChemE as a Membership Mentor for ten years, supporting members through the process to become professionally qualified as Chartered Chemical Engineers.
Chartered Chemical Engineer and IChemE Honorary Fellow Dr Marlene Kanga, was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the late Queen’s 2022 Birthday Honours List in Australia for distinguished service to engineering, particularly as a global leader and role model to women, to professional organisations and to business.
While President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Marlene led the proposal for UNESCO member states to declare 4 March as World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, with the first day being held in 2020.