Celebrating women in engineering

How engineers are making a difference — stories, opportunities and resources


As a strong supporter of women in STEM, sponsoring National Women in Engineering Day was a natural match for Elsevier.

To celebrate, we created this page, which will be continually updated with stories and other resources:

At Elsevier, we work with engineers in many fields to develop tools and content they can use in their research and product development. These include the Engineering Village research platform for engineering literature and patents, Knovel engineering information and data analytics, and more than 130 Engineering journals and 4,300 engineering books titles on ScienceDirect.

Video: Women in Engineering — Solving real-life problems today for a better tomorrow

Tackling the grand challenges of the 21st century

Elsevier's Sumita Singh in EngineerLive

Sumita SinghSumita Singh, who oversees Elsevier's Engineering products as Managing Director for Reference Solutions, writes about how engineers are tackling some the world's greatest challenges:

Thinking about how engineers might begin to solve such huge issues, one overarching theme quickly becomes apparent – cross-disciplinary innovation, data analytics and collaboration will be at the heart of any solution. As such, the role of the engineer is evolving significantly ...

Read her article in EngineerLive.

Proportion of women among researchers in engineering

This chart is from Elsevier's analytic report Gender in the Global Research Landscape.

Proportion of women in engineering (Source: Gender in the Global Research Landscape, Elsevier 2017)

Video: Engineers and chemists share their thoughts on being a woman in science

June 23, is International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED17). To celebrate, we are sharing a video from our Reaxys team. We asked a few chemists and engineers to share their thoughts on being a female and scientist. Here is a quick compilation of their video submissions.

Report: Gender in the Global Research Landscape

Elsevier gender report imageDrawing upon its global data sources and analytical expertise, Elsevier is developing a comprehensive report titled Gender in the Global Research Landscape. With an anticipated release in mid-March, this will be an "evidence-based examination of the outputs, quality and impact of research worldwide through a gender lens." It will cover 20 years, 12 geographies and 27 subject areas, providing insight and guidance on gender research and gender equality policy for governments, funders and institutions worldwide. In addition to global results and trends, the report will include comparisons among research disciplines.

Elsevier has partnered with expert stakeholder organizations and individuals around the world to advise on the report’s development.

Report more about the report — and sign up for the Report Symposium March 31, 2017, in Washington, DC — on Elsevier's Research Intelligence website.

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Gearing up for the Engineering Academic Challenge

By Marilynn Larkin | September 15, 2016

Photo of students for Engineering Academic Challenge

The Hollywood movie, “The Martian,” opens with a dust storm. How long do such dust storms usually last?

As an R&D engineer with Autodesk, you are developing a CAD system to algorithmically optimize mechanical performance of a 3D-printed metal-lattice structure? Which machine learning technique best avoids the problem of deception?

These are just two examples of the real-world questions thousands of engineering students from hundreds of institutions around the world will face in the upcoming Knovel/Engineering Village Academic Challenge (EAC). The answers are in multiple-choice format, and each contains a hint. That should make it a bit easier for participants to come up with solutions after delving into the databases. Read more on the Engineering Village blog.

In Memoriam: Honoring Dr. Molly Macauley

Molly Macauley, PhDDr. Molly Macauley, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) and a member of the Space Policy journal’s Editorial Board since 1993, was tragically murdered July 8 while walking her dog.

In her honor, we present this collection of her Space Policy publications and tributes written by her friends and colleagues.

Awards to honor women's contributions to engineering, innovation and technology

Read about the Elsevier Foundation Awards — and why women's innovations so important in the developing world

By Tonya Blowers, PhD | June 22, 2016

Elsevier Foundation wordmarkFor the first time, the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World are honoring women's contributions to engineering, innovation and technology. If you know an outstanding women scientist who has received her PhD in the last 10 years and is from one of the 81 eligible countries in these fields, you can nominate her here. The deadline is September 15, 2016.

Going through the ranks to a top job

Grundfos Pumps' Heidi Berger on the route to her directorship

World Pumps | June 23, 2016

There are few women in the engineering sector and fewer still in its top jobs. One of those high achievers is Grundfos Pumps' Heidi Berger. She began her career as a secretary and is now the company's business director, Dosing & Disinfection. Read an interview with her in World Pumps.

Revealing the secret to engineering success

Katie Jones, project manager at SPP Pumps, discusses the company's approach to growing business and meeting customer needs

World Pumps | June 22, 2016

Staying competitive is not easy, particularly in the oil & gas industry, where big customers are few and suppliers are in fierce competition with each other. In this 2014 interview, Katie Jones discusses SPP Pumps' strategies for success. Read the full story.

The research by women that’s shaping engineering

A special collection of articles by female engineers

By Lucy Goodchild van Hilten | June 21, 2016

One look at the top downloaded engineering articles on ScienceDirect shows some of the amazing work female engineers are doing to make an impact in research today. Check out 12 research articles by leading women engineers from the 1980s to 2016. You can read them for free until September 20, 2016. Read more and see the special collection.

6 extraordinary women in engineering

Posted on June 9, 2016 (Updated July 7, 2016)

These female engineers, who are contributors to Elsevier's journals, are changing the world for the better. Learn more about their research and what motivates them.

Suzanne Lacasse: Translating the risks of engineering infrastructure design

Susanne Lacasse, PhDSince the mid-1980s, Dr. Suzanne Lacasse, Technical Director at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), has developed and applied statistics, probability and reliability methods to assist in foundation design and decision-making. She is well known for her contributions on hazard and risk assessment and risk management. Here she talks about her geotechnical engineering project on the risk assessment for the Roșia Montană tailings dam for a gold mine in Romania. Read the full interview.

Sarah Bell: Engaging communities in sustainable design

Sarah Bell, PhDDr. Sarah Bell of University College London is an environmental engineer researching sustainable urban water systems. Her research investigates how to engage communities in infrastructure design to meet needs for food, water and energy. She is currently Director of the UCL Engineering Exchange, which aims to improve engagement between local communities and engineering research. Read the full interview.

Erica Kuligowski: Saving lives with engineering design

Erica Kuligowski, PhDDr. Erica Kuligowski, a sociologist and fire protection engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was on the team that compiled a report on the impact of the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, which killed 161 people and generated nearly 3 million cubic yards of debris. Her report made practice-changing recommendations for building design and emergency communications to save lives in the event of another tornado. Read the full interview.

Kimberley E. Kurtis: A concrete plan to improve infrastructure

Kimberly E. Kurtis, PhDDr. Kimberley E. Kurtis, a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship in the College of Engineering of Georgia Tech, was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ prestigious Huber Prize in 2013. Her research into the structure and properties of concrete, the world’s second-most used material after water, is helping us to improve the quality of our roads and buildings as well as making them more sustainable. Read the full interview.

Vivian Loftness: Engineering improved office conditions

Vivian Loftness, PhDDr. Vivian Loftness is on the team behind The Intelligent Workspace at Carnegie Mellon University, a “living laboratory” of components and system innovations and the testing ground for the next generation of building systems integration for sustainability. Her work is based on improving working conditions by building innovations and systems integration for human health and productivity, environmental sustainability, organization flexibility, and technological adaptability. Read the full interview.

Hazel Screen: bioengineering and body parts

Hazel Screen, PhDDr. Hazel Screen is Professor and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering & Materials at the Queen Mary University of London. Her team’s goals are to understand how the different tissues in our body work when healthy and functioning correctly so they can replicate their function and develop rehabilitation aids and prosthetic parts for people. Read the full interview.

Ahead of their time: Doctor Who’s 56 inspiring female scientists

By for SciTechConnect | June 2, 2016

"When I was a little girl, I thought I'd like to be a scientist ..." — Tina Packer as Anne Travers on Dr. Who (BBC)

The issue of gender equity in science has received a lot of attention recently. Governments are throwing money at it, scientists are speaking up about it and news agencies are reporting on it.

Researchers interested in fictional scientists are also concerned about gender inequality in cinema and television, and its role-modelling impact on aspiring scientists. But things are changing there too.

Our research into scientists and gender in Doctor Who over the past 50 years shows there are many reasons to celebrate. Read the full post on SciTechConnect.

NSF report tracks progress in US science and engineering

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsb20161/#/reportAnalyzing 2.2 million peer-reviewed articles can reveal all sorts of interesting things about science and engineering around the world – and it’s something the National Science Foundation (NSF) does every two years. The latest report, Science and Engineering Indicators 2016, reveals that research is becoming more internationally collaborative, global investment in research and development is increasing and China is accelerating in its production of publications at a rate faster than any other country.

The report, based on data from Scopus, delves into topics such as education, academic and industry research and development, and public attitudes and understanding, giving a broad picture of what’s happening in science and engineering in the US and globally. This helps universities, funding bodies and policy makers make decisions to advance research and education. Read more.



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