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. 

Jill Tietjen, Series Editor, Women in Engineering and Science

As the series editor of Women in Engineering and Science and an international advocate for recognizing women's accomplishments in the field, we reached out to Jill Tietjen to get her perspective on the field & her motivation for starting the series. Watch the video now: 

Daniela Thrän, Editor-in-Chief of Energy, Sustainability and Society

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Thrän, Editor-in-Chief of our open access journal Energy, Sustainability and Society talked with us about her life as a female environmental engineer. She told us why she chose to follow this career, provided insights into her daily life as an engineer, scientist & mother, offered some advice for young women interested in engineering and more. 

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Springer's Women in Engineering

Learn more about the stories behind our women engineers, why they chose engineering & their advise to other women pursuing a career in engineering:  

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Dr. Susan M. Agar

Leader in Technology

Aramco Global Research Center, Houston, USA

Springer Series Editor, Petroleum Geoscience

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Lesli-Banks-Sills © SpringerDr. Leslie Banks-Sills

Professor Emerita 

Tel Aviv University

Author, Interface Fracture and Delaminations in Composite Materials (Springer, 2018)

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Reese

Full Professor

RWTH Aachen University, Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Applied Mechanics

Associate Editor and Co-Author, Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences

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Dr. Ayanna Howard

Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair,
School of Interactive Computing  at the Georgia Institute of Technology​​​​​​​

Guest Editor & Journal Author

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Dr. Marilyn Wolf

Rhesa “Ray” S. Farmer Distinguished Chair of Embedded Computing Systems and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Author of Multiple Books in Circuits & Systems Research

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Dr. Elisabete Arsenio

Leader, ECTRI Transport Economics & Policies Group 

Ambassador member, Association for European Transport, LNEC, Portugal

Editorial Board Member and Author, European Transport Research Review

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Dr. Lucienne Blessing

Co-director 

SUTD-MIT International Design Center (IDC) and Professor at the Singapore University of Technology

Book Editor & Journal Author

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Historical Women in Engineering

© Springer Mary Somerville and the World of Science

"Mary Somerville (1780-1872), after whom Somerville College Oxford was named, was the first woman scientist to win an international reputation entirely in her own right, rather than through association with a scientific brother or father."

Read a chapter: "Conclusion: A Career in Retrospect"  on SpringerLink

© SpringerAdmiral Grace Murray Hopper in Giants of Computing 

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was the first individual women to be awarded the National Medal of Science in 1991. Read a chapter on her in this book:  


Read "Grace Murray Hopper"on SpringerLink

© Springer Laura Bassi and Science in 18th Century Europe

"This book presents Bassi within the context of the century when she lived and worked, an era where no women could attend university anywhere in the world, and even less become a professor or a member of an academy. Laura was appointed to the Chair of experimental physics in 1776 until her death. Her story is an amazing one."

Read the chapter:  "‘Querelle des femmes’ and Debates on the ‘Woman Question’" on SpringerLink​​​​​​​

Research on Women in STEM

The discussion on women in the STEM fields has been widely picked up by the scientific community, both within the engineering disciplines and, going to what some see as the root of the issue, the education system. Enjoy reading the selected articles, chapters & blog posts free* through June. 

Gender gaps in STEM



Women’s career motivation



Cultural aspects affecting women in STEM


*Open access articles and blog posts are freely available online on a permanent basis.

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