Dr Tosin Somorin, a Research Fellow at Cranfield University, was highly commended at the Women Leaders Milton Keynes Awards on Saturday night. The awards aim to replicate the national CBI First Women awards and champions the work of female leaders in the Milton Keynes area.

Dr Somorin picked up her highly commended award in the ‘Environment and Engineering’ section for her research and her active involvement in supporting girls into engineering careers. Her research is currently focused on the Nano Membrane Toilet project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to solve sanitation problems for the 2.5 billion people without access to clean and safe sanitation solutions. Her role in the project is to develop a micro-gasifier that will treat solid human waste safely and efficiently, while providing power for the toilet’s other functions.

Professor Feargal Brennan, Director of Energy and Power at Cranfield University, said: “This award is highly deserved and I am delighted for Tosin that her work has been recognised in this way. As well as her research tackling one of the world’s greatest challenges, she is an incredible advocate for girls and women who are thinking about careers in engineering.”

Commenting on her award Dr Tosin Somorin, added: “I’m deeply honoured to receive this award. There are so many incredible women conducting outstanding work in the Milton Keynes area, it is very special to be recognised among them. I’d also like to thank my Cranfield colleagues who have supported me in my work.”

Women Leaders MK 2017 winners
Women Leaders MK 2017 winners

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