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.
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.