Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in engineering


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Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in STEM

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in STEM

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Ada Lovelace Day is a fabulous initiative aimed to increasing the profile of women in STEM and encouraging more girls into STEM careers.

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, Where Women Work asked women working in the STEM sector who is a pioneering woman who has inspired them and why?

Catherine Butler from GKN Aerospace says

"Helen Sharman has been a big inspiration to me since childhood. She was the first British Astronaut and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station. She was a Chemist who responded to a radio advertisement asking for applicants to be the First British Astronaut. I've always been fascinated by Space and Helen’s achievements brought the impossible dream much closer to reality and this has certainly motivated me to pursue a career in Science and Engineering. In an interview, Helen once said that she doesn’t do anything because of or in spite of her gender, but rather because she wants to - an approach I also naturally take."

Dr Xiaoli Chu, Lecturer in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University of Sheffield says

"Professor Andrea Goldsmith is Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. I admire her because her publications have got nearly 55,000 citations according to Google Scholar and she is also an inventor on 28 patents. She founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of two companies, one of which went public in 2016. Professor Goldsmith has received several awards for her work including the IEEE Communications Society Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award, and Technical Achievement Awards in Communications Theory and in Wireless Communications. She has served in various leadership roles in the IEEE and in professional organizations aimed at diversifying STEM fields."

Himanshi Kaushik, Assistant Manager in Talent Management & Development at AECOM in India says

"A pioneering woman who has inspired me is Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo where there are many women engineers involved in the manufacturing and product chain. Indra Nooyi truly inspires me because she appears to effectively balance the role of CEO and motherhood. Her work on ‘Performance with Purpose’ at PepsiCo is fantastic because it’s not only the bottom line financials that matter, but Indra Nooyi believes that organisations and employees must have a purpose - a purpose to positively impact people's lives."

Francesca Stone, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Schneider Electric says

"Living in a world where social media is so prevalent, how could I not be inspired by the impressive COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. Not only is she running the hugely successful social media platform, but she is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion and is often recognised in publications like Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful women in business. As a woman who works to improve the diversity within a STEM business myself, I am continually impressed with Sheryl's ethics and ambition and look to her for inspiration."

We'll be adding more inspiration on Ada Lovelace Day so check back soon. Or send us your pioneering female inspiration.

Here are just a few of the many impressive women engineers working on amazing projects:
AECOM's Roma Agrawal loves the technical challenge of engineering
- GKN Systems Engineer Asha Koshy inspired by father
- Claire Dowsett's brilliant Schneider Electric career
Saheela Mohammed's outstanding contribution to University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering
- Rio Tinto's Hannah is a mechatronics engineer and Anne Wittmeyer is a research scientist
- I’m a Barbie Girl in an Engineering World says Rachel Elder
- No day is the same for AECOM's Bridget Ssamula

Inspired by women working in STEM? Why not research the range of roles available - especially in engineering - with prime employers?

 

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