Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives.
These women are influential both behind the scenes and very visibly so in the public and private sector, where they’re changing the game in the fields of Internet technology, automotive, robotics, green initiatives, and other key areas of innovation.
Click on the photo below to take a look at 10 of the most interesting women (in no particular order) who are making a difference today.
Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook
When you become frustrated at changes to some of the features on your Facebook page you can partially blame Jocelyn Goldfein. Goldfein is the director of engineering at the social networking giant who drives new product design and architecture. Like Mayer, Goldfein is another powerful young woman in the technology sector who came out of Stanford University. She holds a degree in computer science. Goldfein has been outspoken about the need for more female engineers in important positions, encouraging women not to be afraid of entering the engineering and computer-science fields.
Elizabeth, coming up with the list if the top female engineers are a commendable job! My greatest inspiration is Jocelyn Goldfein who has clearly proved that women engineers are as smart as the male engineers. At the moment, I am undertaking an engineering course and the fact that there is an increase in the number of female engineers really inspires me. I think that more females should be given a chance to venture into the male dominated fields. I look forward to a time when we will have a list of the top 100 female engineers.
Bobjengr, no doubt initially it was a mind set that usually those girls end up doing engineering whose fathers were engineering and I myself is one of them :). These days only those engineers are successfull who not only have advanced degrees from well recognized Universities but also have good hands on .
@Andy i totally agree with you and its really very good to see women engineers moving so far ahead and making space for themselves in the industry. There was a time when if any women entered into engineering or showed their concern towards this field it was considered to be very odd but thank God these days these stereo types and thinkings have changed alot.
Back in time everyone always believed that engineering was only for men. In fact women even shied off from taking engineering as a course. In most engineering classes 70% of the attendants are mostly male students. It is good to see that women have stepped up and joined this field and not scared to put up their input. It is amazing that women are even better engineers than there male counterparts. Women engineers have more passion in their job input and they deliver a much better product in the long run.
Thanks for your compliment, bobjengr. That's a really interesting story, and it's good to see how far we've come. Yes, a parent's career seems to have a big influence on a child's choice of study as well. It's interesting that these young ladies wanted to be like their fathers; I think if more young women go into engineering because they are emulating their mothers, then we will know we've really come far with getting women into the field. It does seem to be changing, though, and that's a very positive thing.
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