At Quintas, we are proud to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (IWED) by recognising the remarkable women in our company who are essential to our success.
Why IWED is so important
IWED is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the valuable career opportunities available to girls and women in this exciting industry.
INWED originated in the UK as a national initiative by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 but gained more and more momentum each year and became an international campaign in 2017.
Did you know? According to recent studies, approximately 16% of engineers are women.
Girls and women are systematically tracked away from science and maths throughout their education, limiting their access, preparation, and opportunities to enter these fields as adults. The IWED campaign is working hard to address this systemic challenge.
As a global platform that promotes the energy of the future through optimising sustainable assets, we champion our female engineers and encourage a culture of inclusivity across the business. Our company culture reflects a clear commitment to equality with a 50/50 gender split of female and male workers.
Quintas Energy: powering positive change
We are dedicated to supporting the mission of IWED to raise the profile of women in engineering and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, gender equality and inclusion.
To mark IWED, we asked some of our female engineers to share their thoughts on their experience in the engineering industry.
Cristina Serrano Canalejo, Quintas Advisory Project Manager
“Some girls still grow up thinking that engineering and science are not career pathways for women. It is important to remember that women can thrive in the engineering world. The realm of engineering is constantly evolving. I chose to study engineering because I wanted to join an industry where I could make a positive difference in the world. Becoming an engineer has given me the best opportunity to help towards preserving the planet and allowed me to dedicate myself professionally to working on solutions to help reduce environmental issues.
At Quintas, I have the opportunity to specialise in photovoltaics and work for an organisation with a company culture that is truly committed to sustainability.”
Alicia Gomez Salmeron, Quintas Advisory Senior Project Manager
“Let me introduce myself as a woman, mother, daughter, and engineer. Please do not underestimate the fourth position, despite the previous three being vital roles.
We all are coetaneous within a society full of changes, unfortunately not always aligned in looking for general stability. We must deal with the almost impossible (let's say a new virus) and the problems that we know exist and will not disappear unless we fight against them.
The energy transition is as real as needed. I feel extremely proud to be part of an industry where I can make real changes to help optimise the energy of the future. I cannot conceive of working in any other sector.
About being a woman, surrounded by exceptional ones, I can say that this sector would not have any kind of future without women involved.”
Laura Azcona, Quintas Advisory Senior Project Manager
"As a student engineer, I remember being one of the only women in my class. I am glad to see that the number of women engineers has significantly increased in recent years.
I studied engineering and specialised in renewables as I wanted my daily work to contribute towards taking care of our planet and improving life for future generations.
I enjoy working as an engineer at Quintas as I believe that women and men have similar opportunities within the company. It is motivating to work for a business where 75% of our leadership team is female. I feel valued working for Quintas. I am grateful for the development opportunities that champion my skills and the chance to gather new knowledge daily through managing different types of projects."