American Female Engineers

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Kalpana Chawla
(Astronaut)

Kalpana Chawla
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Birthdate: March 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karnal, Haryana, India
Died: February 1, 2003
Astronaut Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian-origin woman to go to space in the 1997 STS-87 mission. She and the other crew members of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 mission died when the shuttle exploded before reaching Earth. The Indian weather satellite MetSat-1 was renamed Kalpana-1 in her honor.

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Lisa Nowak
(Flight Engineer on Sts-121 and Former NASA Astronaut)

Lisa Nowak
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Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Former NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy captain Lisa Nowak was part of the STS-121 mission. She made headlines when she apparently attempted to kidnap Air Force captain Colleen Shipman, who was getting into a relationship with astronaut William Oefelein, who had previously dated Nowak. Nowak was subsequently dismissed from NASA.

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Zoe Quinn
(Video Game Developer)

Zoe Quinn
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Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States

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Judith Resnik
(Engineer)

Judith Resnik
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Birthdate: April 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

Judith Resnik was an American software engineer, electrical engineer, pilot, biomedical engineer, and NASA astronaut. She was the fourth woman and the first Jewish woman in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. Resnik, who died during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, received several posthumous honors. Judith Resnik’s life and career inspired the 1990 TV movie Challenger.

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Lisa Su
(Entrepreneur)

Lisa Su
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Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tainan, Taiwan

Born in Taiwan, Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, moved to the US at age 3. Lisa eventually earned a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT. Named to the Forbes America’s Self-Made Women 2020 list, she is also the first woman recipient of the IEEE Robert Noyce Medal.

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Anousheh Ansari
(American-Iranian engineer)

Anousheh Ansari
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Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mashhad

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Stephanie Sheh
(Voice actress known for notable voice roles include Hinata Hyuga in the Naruto franchise, Orihime Inoue in Bleach)

Stephanie Sheh
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Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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 8 
Ellen Ochoa
(Engineer)

Ellen Ochoa
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Birthdate: May 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer and classical flautist. A former astronaut, Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in space. In 2012, she became the first Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center. Ochoa has won several prestigious awards including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal and Space Flight Medals. In 2017, she was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.

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Emily Warren Roebling
(Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.)

Emily Warren Roebling
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Birthdate: September 23, 1843
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cold Spring, New York
Died: February 28, 1903

Apart from being a socialite, Emily Warren Roebling was also a skilled engineer. She took over the reins of designing the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband, the chief engineer of the project, Washington Augustus Roebling, was rendered bedridden. She went against the grain and earned a law certificate, too.

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Lillian Moller Gilbreth
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Birthdate: May 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: January 2, 1972

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MiMi Aung
(Engineer)

MiMi Aung
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Burma

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Edith Clarke
(Electrical Engineer)

Edith Clarke
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Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29, 1959

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Karen L. Nyberg
(Astronaut, Engineer)

Karen L. Nyberg
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Birthdate: October 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parkers Prairie

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Radia Perlman
(Computer Network Engineer)

Radia Perlman
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Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

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Lynn Conway
(Transgender Activist & Computer Scientist Who Initiated The Mead-Conway VLSI Chip Design Revolution)

Lynn Conway
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Birthdate: January 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States

 16 
Xeni Jardin
(journalist)

Xeni Jardin
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Birthdate: August 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richmond

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Susan Helms
(Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)

Susan Helms
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Birthdate: February 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlotte

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Catherine Coleman
(Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)

Catherine Coleman
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Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston

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Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
(Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists)

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
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Birthdate: September 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basingstoke
Died: January 18, 1971

One of the first female engineers in the US, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was also a leading suffragist and the granddaughter of women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was also the first woman to graduate in engineering from Cornell and sued the ASCE for denying her a full-membership.

 20 
Betty Holberton
(Computer scientist, Programmer)

Betty Holberton
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Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: December 8, 2001

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Jessica Fridrich
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czech Republic

Fionnghuala O'Reilly
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Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States

 23 
Marsha Ivins
(Astronaut, Engineer)

Marsha Ivins
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Birthdate: April 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore

 24 
Ruzena Bajcsy
(Engineer)

Ruzena Bajcsy
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Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 25 
Yvonne Brill
(Rocket scientist)

Yvonne Brill
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Birthdate: December 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: March 27, 2013

 26 
Kathryn P. Hire
(Astronaut)

Kathryn P. Hire
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Birthdate: August 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 27 
Kate Gleason
(Mechanical Engineer)

Kate Gleason
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Birthdate: November 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: January 9, 1933

Known as successful businesswoman, Catherine Anselm Gleason had many firsts to her credit. The first woman to study engineering at Cornell University, she later became the first female to become receiver of a bankrupt company and successfully restored it.  Later, she also became the first female president of a national bank, and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Aisha Bowe
(Aerospace engineer known for Aerospace Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

Aisha Bowe
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 29 
Olive Dennis
(Civil Engineer)

Olive Dennis
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Birthdate: November 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: November 5, 1957

Olive Dennis was an American engineer whose innovations played a huge role in making railways what it is today. The first female member to become a part of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), Olive Dennis is credited with introducing comforts, such as stain-resistant upholstery, ceiling lights, and air-conditioned compartments in passenger cars.  

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Elmina Wilson
(First Lady of Structural Engineering)

Elmina Wilson
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Birthdate: September 29, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 2, 1918

Elmina Wilson was an American civil engineer best known as the first American female to successfully complete a four-year degree in civil engineering. Wilson then went on to become the first female professor to work and teach engineering at the prestigious Iowa State University (ISU) after receiving the first master's degree in civil engineering.

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Sara Landry

Sara Landry
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Texas, United States