Navy officer recognised for Engineering role

A Royal Navy engineer has been recognised for her work in managing complex engineering projects for the Senior Service.

Lieutenant Commander Hannah West was nominated for the Royal Aeronautical Society’s (RAeS), 2013 Karen Burt Award which is presented annually to a high calibre newly chartered female engineer, applied scientist or IT professional by the Women in Engineering Society (WES).

Currently the Requirements Manager in the Air Platform Systems Project Team for MOD Defence Equipment and Support, Lt Cdr West is responsible for ensuring that the military requirements are correctly defined and delivered in support of the Mode 5 and Mode S Maritime Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Project and the NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff Project.

After completing a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, Hannah served as Air Engineering Officer at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose before deploying to Afghanistan in 2008 as SO3 Civil Effects Plans and part of the Military Stabilisation Support Group.

Returning to the UK she performed the role of Chinook Mk 4 Test and Evaluation Manager within MOD Defence Equipment and Support before taking up her current post.

Of her nomination she said,

“Achieving Chartered Engineer status has provided me with a recognised benchmark which demonstrates to those I work with my experience as a professional engineer. 

“Working alongside colleagues from the military, civil service and industry with diverse education, training and experiences, CEng is a universal language which is understood by all.

“I take pride in and draw confidence from having achieved this prestigious status which assesses and recognises the competence I have gained throughout my career in professional standards which range from engineering problem solving to leadership and personnel management.”

The overall winner of the 2013 Karen Burt Award was a representative from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Achieving Chartered Engineer status has provided me with a recognised benchmark which demonstrates to those I work with my experience as a professional engineer.

Lieutenant Commander Hannah West