Women Engineers

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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.
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Kalpana Chawla
(Indian-Born American Astronaut Who Was the First Woman of Indian Origin to Go to Space)
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.

 3 
Julie Payette
(29th Governor General of Canada Who Served from 2017 to 2021)
Julie Payette
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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 
Margaret Hamilton
(American Computer Scientist, Systems Engineer, and Business Owner)
Margaret Hamilton
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Birthdate: August 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paoli, Indiana, United States

Credited with coining the term software engineering, computer scientist and systems engineer, Margaret Heafield Hamilton served as the Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, overseeing the development of the on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo program.  A prolific writer, she is also the founder of two software companies; Higher Order Software and Hamilton Technologies.

 5 
Zoe Quinn
(Video Game Developer)
Zoe Quinn
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Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States
 6 
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.

 7 
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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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.

 9 
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
 10 
Anousheh Ansari
(American-Iranian engineer)
Anousheh Ansari
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Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mashhad
 11 
Ellen Ochoa
(The First Hispanic Woman to Go to Space)
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.

 12 
Edith Clarke
(Electrical Engineer)
Edith Clarke
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Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29, 1959
 13 
Samantha Cristoforetti
(Astronaut, Aviator, Engineer)
Samantha Cristoforetti
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Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan
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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
 15 
Hertha Ayrton
(British Engineer, Mathematician, Physicist and Inventor Known for Her Work With the 'Electric Arcs')
Hertha Ayrton
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Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, 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. 

 16 
MiMi Aung
(Engineer)
MiMi Aung
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Burma
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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
 18 
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
 19 
Radia Perlman
(Computer Network Engineer)
Radia Perlman
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Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
 20 
Vilma Espín
(Cuban Revolutionary, Feminist, and Chemical Engineer Who Helped Organize the '26th of July Movement')
Vilma Espín
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Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: June 18, 2007

Vilma Espín Guillois was a Cuban revolutionary, chemical engineer, and feminist. She is best remembered as an adamant feminist who helped organize a vanguard revolutionary organization called 26th of July Movement, which later became a political party. Vilma Espín also helped establish the Federation of Cuban Women. She also advocated equal rights for women in all aspects of life.

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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.

 22 
Anna Murphy
(Musician and audio engineer)
Anna Murphy
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Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

While she gained recognition with the folk metal band Eluveitie, which she joined at age 16, Swiss musician Anna Murphy later also led the 3-member folk rock band Cellar Darling. Born to opera singer parents, she was never a stranger to music. Proficient in hurdy-gurdy, she also plays the flute at times.

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Xeni Jardin
(journalist)
Xeni Jardin
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Birthdate: August 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richmond
 24 
Marie Bashir
(Engineer, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher)
Marie Bashir
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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.

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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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Susan Helms
(Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)
Susan Helms
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Birthdate: February 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlotte
 27 
Winnie Byanyima
(Engineer, Politician)
Winnie Byanyima
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Birthdate: January 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mbarara, Uganda
 28 
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
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Margaret Calvert
(Graphic designer)
Margaret Calvert
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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.

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Florence Devouard
(Wikimedian co-founder)
Florence Devouard
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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.

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Elsie MacGill
(Aerospace Engineer)
Elsie MacGill
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Birthdate: March 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: November 4, 1980
 33 
Marsha Ivins
(Astronaut, Engineer)
Marsha Ivins
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Birthdate: April 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore
 34 
Elise Andrew
(Blogger)
Elise Andrew
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Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: England
 35 
Claire Barratt
(Archaeologist, Mechanical Engineer)
Claire Barratt
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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.

Fionnghuala O'Reilly
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Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States
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Asuman Özdağlar
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Birthdate: December 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turkey
 38 
Ruzena Bajcsy
(Engineer)
Ruzena Bajcsy
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Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
 39 
Marina Popovich
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Birthdate: July 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Western Oblast, Russia
Died: November 30, 2017
 40 
Kathryn P. Hire
(Astronaut)
Kathryn P. Hire
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Birthdate: August 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
 41 
Yvonne Brill
(Rocket Scientist)
Yvonne Brill
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Birthdate: December 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: March 27, 2013
Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou
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Birthplace: Maine Soroa, Niger
 43 
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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Aleksandra Pivec
(Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia)
Aleksandra Pivec
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Birthdate: March 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ptuj, Slovenia

Aleksandra Pivec is a Slovenian politician and chemical engineer. She is best known for her service as the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia from 13 March 2020 to 5 October 2020. A prominent politician, Aleksandra Pivec also served as the Minister of Agriculture from 13 September 2018 to 15 October 2020.

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Betelhem Dessie
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Birthdate: 1999 AD
Birthplace: Harar, Ethiopia
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Habiba Alsafar
(Geneticist)
Habiba Alsafar
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: United Arab Emirates
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Ilya Espino de Marotta
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Birthplace: Panama
 48 
Aisha Mohammed Mussa
(Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation and Lowland Areas Development)
Aisha Mohammed Mussa
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Derg, Ethiopia

A qualified civil engineer, Ethiopian politician Aisha Mohammed Mussa is the country’s current minister of irrigation and lowland areas development. She has previously led the country as its first female defense minister and has also been Ethiopia’s minister of urban development and construction.

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Carolina Cosse
(Intendant of Montevideo)
Carolina Cosse
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Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Carolina Cosse is a Uruguayan politician and engineer best known for her service as the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining from March 2, 2015 to January 23, 2019. She also served as the Senator of Uruguay for nine months in 2020. Carolina Cosse is currently serving as Intendant of Montevideo.

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Sara Akbar
(Chemical engineer, Businesswomen)
Sara Akbar
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Unknown