American Female Engineers

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 1 Lisa Nowak

Lisa Nowak.
Famous As: Naval flight officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Test pilot
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

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.

 2 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty.
Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty was named to the World's Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018. She led IBM through its conversion to a leading data company. The Northwestern University alumna has also earned the Edison Achievement Award. She became part of Time 100 in 2012.

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 3 Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari.
Famous As: American-Iranian engineer
Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mashhad

 4 Loni Love

Loni Love.
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

 5 Lisa Su

Lisa Su.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
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.

 6 Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York

Ursula Burns made history when she became the CEO of Xerox, becoming the first African-American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Raised by a working-class single mother, Burns grew up to graduate as a mechanical engineer. She has led the American STEM Education Coalition and served various corporate boards.

 7 Roberta Williams

Roberta Williams
Famous As: Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Verne
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 8 Stephanie Sheh

Stephanie Sheh
Famous As: Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer, Television producer, Photographer, Singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalamazoo

 9 MiMi Aung

MiMi Aung
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Burma

 10 Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey

 11 Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Lillian Moller Gilbreth.
Famous As: Mother of Modern Management
Birthdate: May 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: January 2, 1972

 12 Ellen Ochoa

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

 13 Karen L. Nyberg

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

 14 Judith Resnik

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

 15 Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman.
Famous As: Computer Network Engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

 16 Xeni Jardin

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

 17 Emily Warren Roebling

Emily Warren Roebling.
Famous As: Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Birthdate: September 23, 1843
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cold Spring, New York
Died: February 28, 1903

 18 Susan Helms

Susan Helms
Famous As: Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: February 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlotte

 19 Catherine Coleman

Catherine Coleman
Famous As: Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston

 20 Fionnghuala O'Reilly

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

 21 Betty Holberton

Betty Holberton
Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: December 8, 2001

 22 Edith Clarke

Edith Clarke.
Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29, 1959

 23 Marsha Ivins

Marsha Ivins
Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: April 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore

 24 Ruzena Bajcsy

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

 25 Yvonne Brill

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

 26 Kathryn P. Hire

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

 27 Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney.
Famous As: Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists
Birthdate: September 30, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Basingstoke
Died: January 18, 1971

 28 Kate Gleason

Kate Gleason.
Famous As: Mechanical Engineer
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.

 29 Olive Dennis

Olive Dennis.
Famous As: Civil Engineer
Birthdate: November 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: November 5, 1957

 30 Elmina Wilson

Elmina Wilson.
Famous As: First Lady of Structural Engineering
Birthdate: September 29, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 2, 1918

 31 Jessica Fridrich

Jessica Fridrich
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czech Republic

 32 Sara Landry

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