Our final blog to celebrate International Woman in Engineering is written by Dr Maria Papathanasiou, who tells us about her journey into engineering and how she combines her two loves: science and acting. She wants to empower female engineers to be themselves, regardless of whether or not they fit the stereotype, and help ensure that engineering is an accepting and welcoming environment.
Dr Florence Gschwend is a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She has won several awards for her research in recent years, so for International Women in Engineering Day we asked her to tell us about her experience and the advice she would give other women interested in following a similar path.
Engineering student Marine writes about her experience of anxiety prior to International Women in Engineering Day, to raise awareness of mental health on campus, and share some of the techniques she has found useful for managing it. She believes in the importance of talking about anxiety because it helps others realise they’re not alone in managing it, and that it doesn’t have to define a person’s life.
Chemical Engineering PhD student Humera Ansari has worked in both industry and academia, experience which has raised her awareness of some of the challenges female engineers can face. She shares this experience as she believes it’s an important part of ensuring that chemical engineering is an inclusive and diverse environment.
As part of our blog series for International Women in Engineering Day, Hannah Moran, a Doctoral Researcher in Matar Fluids Group/Clean Energy Process, explores the reasons for the gender gap in science subjects beyond GSCE. She makes the case for raising awareness of engineering as a career option to encourage more young people, particularly girls, into the profession.
My career in higher education has spanned over 20 years and has been positively influenced by my undergraduate personal tutor Dr David Faraday, who has continued to inspire and empower me since we first met.
Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell is a Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. As part of our celebrations for International Women in Engineering Day we asked her to tell us about what sparked her interest in chemical engineering, and the importance of raising the profile of female engineers in order to inspire the next generation.