Celebrating Women in Engineering

June 23, 2018 is International Women in Engineering Day. In honor of this day, we asked our authors & editors to share their experiences as women in the engineering fields. Read on to find exclusive interviews & explore the research on women in the STEM fields. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Reese

Reese © SpringerAssociate Editor, Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences and Co-Author

Full Professor at the RWTH Aachen University, Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Applied Mechanics

Tell us about your background. 
My parents strongly encouraged me to pursue a university degree, although they did not follow this career themselves. Nobody in my family came to the idea that studies of engineering could not be suitable for a woman. 

Why did you become an engineer? 
I was always many-sided and had multiple talents. Two of my main interests were mathematics and architecture. I finally chose the hybrid between the two: civil engineering. 

What advice would you give to young women interested in engineering? 
If they are interested in engineering, be it mechanical, electrical or civil engineering, they should definitely study this field and pursue a career. To be an engineer offers extremely many possibilities, also for women and men who wish to spend a decent amount of time with their families. The working conditions in engineering, for instance in terms of salaries and stress level, are much better than in many other professions.

Discover Stefanie's work published in Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences© Springer​​​​​​​

On the use of reduced integration in combination with discontinuous Galerkin discretization: application to volumetric and shear locking problems 

by Hamid Reza Bayat, Stephan Wulfinghoff, Steffen Kastian and Stefanie Reese

Displacement-based multiscale modeling of fiber-reinforced composites by means of proper orthogonal decomposition 

by Annika Radermacher, Brett A. Bednarcyk, Bertram Stier, Jaan Simon, Lei Zhou and Stefanie Reese  

Effect of reinforcement volume fraction and orientation on a hybrid tissue engineered aortic heart valve with a tubular leaflet design​​​​​​​

by Scott E Stapleton, Ricardo Moreira, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela and Stefanie Reese

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Find 6 more stories by Springer authors & editors, access 3 chapters on historical women who paved the way for modern engineers & the research behind the status of women in the STEM fields. 

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