BT researcher with ‘inspiring’ story scoops engineering award

BT researcher Vidhja Karthikeyan with her First Women Award.

BT researcher Vidhja Karthikeyan with her First Women Award. - Credit: Archant

A BT researcher has scooped a major award – beating some of the UK’s top engineers.

​Judges described 26-year-old Vidhyalakshmi (Vidhya) Karthikeyan’s life story as both “inspiring and humbling” as she was awarded the 2014 First Women Award in engineering.

Vidhya, a senior researcher in BT Technology, Service & Operations, based at BT’s global research headquarters, Adastral Park, near Ipswich, was amazed to win the award, which goes to inspirational female role models.

“I come from a cultural background where women are discouraged from pursuing careers in engineering. It has been crucial for me to be passionate about what I do and where it’s going in order to be successful at my career,” she said.

Vidhya, who was born in India and came to the UK via Malaysia, has become one of the firm’s most prolific female inventors.