Laura Webber is in pole position to encourage girls to consider a job in engineering.

The former pupil of Dr Challoner's High School will be taking up a permanent job as an aerodynamicist with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team when she graduates this summer.

Having just completed a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Laura is keen to encourage girls to think seriously about training for a career in engineering.

Today (Thursday June 23) is Women in Engineering Day.

Laura said: "Engineering is an industry in which women are often underrepresented but they have just as much to offer as their male counterparts.

"I really encourage girls who have a passion for science and maths at school to consider a career in engineering where they can get involved in hands-on and creative work using state of the art tools.

"Engineers design everything in the world around us from buildings to computers to race cars, so there's such a wide variety of jobs that cater to any interest."

Laura collecting her award

Laura spent a year on work placement with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and recently won an award from Loughborough University for her work during that time.

She said: "I had an amazing time on placement working alongside the talented engineers within the Aerodynamics Department at Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

"I loved being able to come up with concepts, test them on the wind tunnel model and then, if they were good enough, see them go out on the cars during a race.

"It was a real privilege to be able to contribute to the design of the 2014 and 2015 championship winning cars and I am looking forward to getting stuck back in with the team when I graduate."

Click here to find out more about National Women in Engineering Day .