THE INSTITUTION of Engineers Papua New Guinea (IEPNG) has recognised Telikom PNG’s specialist manager switching & next generation network planning and design, Margaret Abel, as the ‘Outstanding Female Engineer’ for 2015.

Ms Abel’s role at Telikom is to plan and design the IP-Multi-media Sub-system (IMS) an all-IP based soft switch which will be implemented to replace the current Next Generation Network (NGN) and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) voice/telephone systems.

Her peers at Telikom nominated her in tribute to her level of commitment, length of distinguished service and outstanding contributions to engineering in Papua New Guinea.

Ms Abel is the first to win the award, launched by IEPNG’s Women In Engineering (WIE) Group to recognise distinguished service by women in the industry.

In an announcement, Ms Abel said it was sometimes a challenge working in a male dominated field, and having to prove that a female engineer is as good as her male counterpart.

“A female engineer wanting to excel in her profession must be confident in working in a male dominated organisation like Telikom,” she said.

“It requires hard work, commitment and respect to excel as a female engineer.”

She added that telecommunications technologies kept changing and one must be up to speed to gain recognition.

Ms Abel holds a Masters Degree in engineering studies, majoring in telecommunications engineering and networking, from the University of Sydney.

The Young Female Graduate award went to Eunice Dalton from Ok Tedi Mining and the Outstanding Young Female Engineer award was picked up by Rose Kaiulo of PNG Ports.