Today is National Women in Engineering Day (NWED), a day dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.
As a publisher with a strong portfolio of engineering journals we are committed to supporting the development and wider outreach of NWED.
Therefore as a way to celebrate this day, we have been speaking to a number of female engineers, including some of our journal editors and board members, about the importance of encouraging more girls and women to consider a career within the field.
We are delighted to share their thoughts about the opportunities for research development, the contributions that women have made within the field and some top tips on choosing a career in engineering.
Read the full inspirational accounts from women in engineering here, featuring:
Dr. Heather F Driscoll, Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University:
“My career advice is to simply find an area that you enjoy and pursue it as far as you can, without worrying about who else is doing it or whether you fit the stereotype.” Read more >
Prof. Ille C. Gebeshuber, Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology:
“We have creative inquisitive minds in both boys and girls. The school system needs to support them, and empower them ….” Read more >
Gemma Hatton, Data Engineer for Paras Racing, Race Car Engineering:
“Engineers are behind some of the most incredible achievements of mankind; building NASA rockets, the fastest racecars on Earth, aircrafts, prosthetic limbs, oil rigs – the list is endless!…” Read more >
Prof. Simone Hochgreb, Professor of Combustion, University of Cambridge:
“I got into engineering because I loved the reassurance that questions have an answer. ” Read more >
Abbie Hutty, Senior Structures Engineer, Spacecraft Structures Engineering Group:
“I was inspired to find out more about engineering when I saw a mission to Mars on the news- and that British engineers had built it! .” Read more >
Dr. Helen Meese, Head of Engineering in Society, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE):
“I think we are on the cusp of a real change in the way women see engineering as a profession…” Read more >
Philippa Oldham, Head of transport and manufacturing, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE):
“Engineering is great career choice as it gives you the ability to make a difference to the society within which we live.” Read more >
Jenny Smith, Senior Product Definition Engineer, MBDA UK:
“Engineering is a fantastic subject to study and enjoy a career in as you can find the bit of engineering that inspires you most. Read more >
Dr Irina Trendafilova, Reader, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of Strathclyde:
“My advice towards young female engineering students is to try this very challenging and exhilarating career …” Read more >
Prof. Kathryn Uhrich, Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Rutgers University:
“A career in science/engineering has meant that I can fulfil my curiosity and pursue problems that impact people’s lives…” Read more >
Ya Wang, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, State University of New York at Stony Brook:
“ …raising the successful profile, celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and raising awareness of young females in society, are critical factors in getting more women to consider a career in engineering.” Read more >