Women Engineers

Throughout history, there have been many women engineers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female engineers such as Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Emily Warren Roebling, Edith Clarke, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney, Kate Gleason.The women engineers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 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.

 2 Lisa Nowak

Lisa Nowak
Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer
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.

 3 Julie Payette

Julie Payette
Famous As: Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: October 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Canadian engineer and astronaut Julie Payette has been the Governor General of Canada from 2017 to 2021. She was initially a research scientist and then joined the Canadian Space Agency, eventually completing two spaceflights. Payette resigned as governor general after a workplace review accused her of workplace harassment.

 4 Zoe Quinn

Zoe Quinn
Famous As: Video Game Developer
Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States

 5 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.

 6 Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik
Famous As: Engineer
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.

 7 Loni Love

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

Loni Love is an American comedian, actress, television host, and author. Love won the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category in 2018 for her work in the popular syndicated talk show, The Real. A former electrical engineer, Loni Love has worked in popular companies like Xerox Holdings Corporation and General Motors.

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 8 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

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.

 9 Anousheh Ansari

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

 10 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.

 11 Jade Raymond

Jade Raymond
Famous As: Known for helping create the Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs franchises
Birthdate: August 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canadian video-game creator and former Ubisoft executive Jade Raymond is best known for creating the Assassin’s Creed game franchise. Also known for her Watch Dogs games, she has announced the creation of a Montreal-based personal studio, Haven Studios. She has previously worked with Google’s Stadia Games streaming service.

 12 Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa
Famous As: Engineer
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.

 13 Magdalen Berns

Magdalen Berns
Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 13, 2019

Magdalen Berns was a British YouTuber, software developer, and boxer. She is credited with co-founding a nonprofit institution named For Women Scotland, which aims at bringing about changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. Magdalen Berns was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She died from glioblastoma in 2019 at the age of 36.

 14 Roberta Williams

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

 15 Edith Clarke

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

 16 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

 17 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

 18 MiMi Aung

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

 19 Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey

 20 Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti
Famous As: Astronaut, Aviator, Engineer
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan

 21 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portsea Island, England
Died: August 26, 1923

Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer,  physicist, mathematician, and inventor. She is remembered for her work on electric arcs and ripple marks in sand and water, for which she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. As a woman in the 19th century, she had to face innumerable struggles in her career. She was also a passionate suffragist. 

 22 Karen L. Nyberg

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

 23 Radia Perlman

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

 24 Anna Murphy

Anna Murphy
Famous As: Musician and audio engineer
Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

 25 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

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.

 26 Xeni Jardin

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

 27 Marie Bashir

Marie Bashir
Famous As: Engineer, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher
Birthdate: December 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Narrandera

Marie Bashir created history when she became the first female governor of New South Wales. A doctor, too, she was initially associated with children’s hospitals and later focused on psychiatry. She also worked for the mentally ill and homeless people from the Aboriginal community of Australia.

 28 Catherine Coleman

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

 29 Vilma Espín Guillois

Vilma Espín Guillois
Famous As: Cuban Revolutionary
Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: June 18, 2007

 30 Susan Helms

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

 31 Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is a French engineer, advocate, and public figure. A former politician, Kosciusko-Morizet was a member of parliament and also served as the mayor of Longjumeau. In 2012, she also served as Nicolas Sarkozy's spokesperson during the latter's presidential reelection campaign.

 32 Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima
Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda

 33 Yūko Miyamura

Yūko Miyamura
Famous As: Actor, Engineer, Seiyū, Director of audiography, Audio engineer
Birthdate: December 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kōbe

 34 Betty Holberton

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

 35 Keren Ann

Keren Ann
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Engineer, Singer, Audio engineer, Guitarist, Pianist, Record producer, Producer
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea Maritima

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

 36 Fionnghuala O'Reilly

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

 37 Jessica Fridrich

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

 38 Margaret Calvert

Margaret Calvert
Famous As: Graphic designer
Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: South Africa

Graphic designer Margaret Calvert has created quite a name for herself, working with Jock Kinneir on projects such as the design of the road-signing system of the UK. She has also worked on signs at railway stations and airports, and the typeface on the website of the UK government.

 39 Florence Devouard

Florence Devouard
Famous As: Wikimedian co-founder
Birthdate: September 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles, France

Florence Devouard is a French engineer who served as the chair of the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation from 2006 to 2008. Since July 2008, Devouard has been serving on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation. Devouard is also credited with co-founding Wikimedia France for which she received a knighthood in the French National Order of Merit.

 40 Marsha Ivins

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

 41 Elise Andrew

Elise Andrew
Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: England

 42 Elsie MacGill

Elsie MacGill
Famous As: Aerospace Engineer
Birthdate: March 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: November 4, 1980

 43 Asuman Özdağlar

Asuman Özdağlar
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: December 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turkey

 44 Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel
Famous As: Sculptor, Ceramist
Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: December 30, 2011

 45 Claire Barratt

Claire Barratt
Famous As: Archaeologist, Mechanical Engineer
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: England

While she initially studied engineering, Claire Barratt later gained fame as an industrial archaeologist. She has a degree in conservation of industrial heritage. She also has a parallel career as a TV presenter and has been part of shows such as Salvage Squad and Britain's Secret Treasures.

 46 Marina Popovich

Marina Popovich
Famous As: Colonel
Birthdate: July 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Western Oblast, Russia
Died: November 30, 2017

 47 Ruzena Bajcsy

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

 48 Yvonne Brill

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

 49 Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou

Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Maine Soroa, Niger

 50 Kathryn P. Hire

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