Women in Engineering: Shaping the World

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Prof. Dipl. Ing. Magdalena Stoeva

Magdalena Stoev © SpringerEditor in Chief - Health and Technology journal - Springer Nature - IUPESM- WHO

Officer International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine IPESM

Chair IOMP Women Subcommittee

Translational Neurosciences Centre, Medical University – Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Tell us about your background: 

I hold Master’s degrees in Medical Physics, Medical Engineering, Computer Science, a PhD in Diagnostic Radiology and over 20 years of academic experience. Currently, I am an elected member of the governing bodies of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP), chairing the IOMP Women Subcommittee. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health and Technology, jointly published by Springer and the IUPESM (International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine) in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Part of my professional activities include: delegate of the World Science Forum 2019, Budapest, Hungary; delegate in the WHO 3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices, Geneva 2017; delegate in the 32nd ICSU General Assembly, Taipei 2017; delegate at the ICRPM, Vienna 2017; delegate in the European Parliament Interest Group on Biomedical Engineering meeting, Brussels 2018; reviewer of the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report as a nominee of a member organization of the International Science Council (ISC); Co-coordinator of the IUPESM Medical Engineering and Physics Workshops. I am an active participant in several international projects under TEMPUS, Leonardo da Vinci EU, COST, and other EU programs.
My work has been recognized at various levels, including the inaugural EU Leonardo da Vinci award,the IUPAP Young Scientist Award for Medical Physics,the Award of the Mayor of Plovdiv and the IOMP Fellow award.

Why did you become a professor in Engineering? 

Being an engineer is more than just a job, this is the way we see the world - I would even call it a vocation. I always knew I would become an engineer. Combining the interdisciplinary knowledge of the basis sciences, the logical thinking of mathematics, the wide scope of physics and the flexibility of contemporary R&D is probably the strongest tool an engineer has in their hands.

What advice would you give to young women interested in science and engineering? 

Historically, women have made a huge progress in STEM. Women’s role in science can be traced back to the ancient times. We, contemporary women in science and engineering are the better part of the world - we are gifted & talented, emotional & practical, strong & gentle, mothers & teachers, wives & scientists… in other words, we can do anything. Therefore, if you feel that your vocation is to become an engineer - just go ahead and do it!


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