SHEngineers was founded due to realisation that women remain underrepresented in the engineering sector. The gender gap in the engineering sector may be attributed to a variety of reasons which include the following:
• Lack of exposure to prospective careers in engineering
• Limited number of experienced female role models and mentors working in engineering roles.
SHEngineers is established with a vision to make a difference in the sector by encouraging more women to pursue careers in engineering and to contribute to retention of women in engineering careers through facilitating a virtual supportive mentorship network.
"It is only when I saw people that look like me doing the things that I wanted to do, that I knew what was possible" - Unknown
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
Innocentia Mahlangu (Pr.Eng, PMP, MSc Eng) is a Project Manager and Senior Civil Engineer. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand. Innocentia is a registered Professional Engineer with ECSA and has attained accreditation with PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also an award winning engineer as well as an experienced speaker.
She has since been recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 young South Africans. She was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year award for 2019 by the SAICE Johannesburg Branch and was also nominated for the SAICE National Awards. Owing to her accomplishments, she has since been featured on various publications such as SAICE Civil Engineering, Wits Connect Young Alumni Publication, Engineering News as well as Construction World, amongst others. She was recently recognised as a finalist in Accenture's Rising Star Awards.
Innocentia is the founder of SHEngineers and seeks to see more women in the engineering sector.