Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day, Izzy Penney will talk about her experiences as one of the first RN female submariners.


Izzy Penney MEng, Royal Navy Submarine Service


18:30 - Presentation
19:00 - Q&A
19:30 - Estimated end


As part of the celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, Izzy Penney will talk about her journey to and experiences as one of the first female submariners in the Royal Navy.

Submariners will often light heartedly refer to themselves as ‘underwater astronauts’ or ‘astronauts with a worse view’ due to the similarities in engineering challenges and confined living conditions they face.

Izzy will discuss her route from school to where she is today, what life on a submarine is like including general living questions (there are no windows- spoiler alert). Touch on some of the incredible technology and challenges to sustaining human life underwater, and of returning to ‘normal’ after operating in an unusual environment which I am sure of us may feel coming out of COVID restrictions.

About the speaker

Izzy Penney MEng, Royal Navy Submarine Service

As a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy Submarine Service. She joined the Royal Navy in 2014, which happened to be the same year that the submarine service opened to women. She was selected for submarines during initial training at BRNC Dartmouth, completed her nuclear training and has since spent almost 18 months deployed on Vanguard class submarines in a number of marine engineering roles, including as a Category A Nuclear Watchkeeper. It is fair to say she has learnt a lot about engineering, people and herself in this time.

Her path to engineering was by no means a given, attending an all-girls school with little exposure to engineering careers, it was a chance trawl of UCAS courses during sixth form that led to her discovery of Chemical Engineering as a degree. When applying for jobs prior to completing her Masters, she felt a sense of wanting to do something that was exciting, interesting and important but wasn’t sure what that would look like, until she met the Royal Navy at a recruitment event.

If you’re interested in hearing the rest of the story, please join us on 23 June.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Hampshire branch, BCS Sussex branch and BCSWomen

Webinar: How to become an ‘underwater astronaut’
Date and time
Wednesday 23 June, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
This event is sold out