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University of Sheffields 100 years of Mechanical Engineering

University of Sheffield's 100 years of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Sheffield Department of Mechanical Engineering is celebrating 100 years of inspirational teaching, ground breaking research & amazing students with centenary celebrations taking place throughout the year.

The department’s innovative teaching and cutting-edge research over the last century has made it one of the leading mechanical engineering departments in the country.

Outstanding achievements in engineering

When the Department first opened in 1917, there was a mere 6 academic staff, all of which were men. Now, 100 years later, the department has over 60 academics with the first woman, Dr. Rachel Tomlinson joining in 1998

The Department has shown itself to be adaptable to industrial needs, particularly during the first and second World Wars. In the First World War it trained 1000 men to make shells and later produced aircraft and gun components and trained hundreds of munitions workers, many of them women, in the Second World War.

A creative and diverse workplace

The University of Sheffield aims to be the number one place for women to study and work in engineering.

Its Women in Engineering team is dedicated to increasing the numbers of female staff and student engineers and following recent promotions, 10.6 per cent of the professors in our Faculty of Engineering are female, significantly higher than the national average of six per cent.

Recognised as one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times, there are some excellent engineering roles available now at the University of Sheffield.
 

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