Yvonne Brill

Yvonne Brill wanted to study engineering but had to settle for science and mathematics as the dean wouldn’t allow women in that department-but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the world’s leading designers of jet propulsion systems.

Susan Margulies

As a leader in the field of head and lung trauma and their impact on the human body, Dr. Susan Margulies is making great strides in understanding how our bodies respond to trauma.

Danielle George

Since their inception in 1825, the Christmas Lectures have been presented by the Royal Institution of Great Britain in an effort to introduce a young audience to subjects through spectacular demonstrations. In the 189 years of this lecture series only a handful of women have been asked to present, with the sixth of these being Dr. Danielle George whose lecture on how to hack your home was given in 2014.

Beatrice Hicks

At a time when less than 1% of engineers employed in the United States were women, Beatrice Hicks forged her own path and then helped to usher in the next generations of engineering women.

Treena Livingston Arinzeh

Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh has always had a passion for math and science. But when her high school teacher suggested she pursue engineering, she couldn’t picture it because she had never met an African American engineer. Luckily for medical science, she gave engineering a try.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is a fighter pilot, engineer, and holder of the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.

Kalpana Chawla

Born in Punjab, India, Dr. Kalpana Chawla was always interested in flying. Three years after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, she was among the 15th class of potential astronauts and she was the first Indian-American women to travel to space.

Vandi Verma

The Curiosity Rover on Mars had a two-year mission and has surpassed that time frame functioning for over four years now and some of the credit for its long life can be given to its careful “drivers” like Dr. Vandi Verma.

Limor Fried

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Mary Engle Pennington

Near the end of her career Dr. Mary Engle Pennington founded the Household Refrigeration Bureau in 1923 to educate consumers in safe practices in domestic refrigeration which she had earlier shown as an integral part of food safety.

Ann Dickson

Ann Dickson wanted to become an astronaut, and she passed all of the tests but was kept from space because of her gender. So she became an aerospace engineer.

Megan Leftwich

The principle investigator of the Leftwich Lab at GWU, Megan Leftwich leads a team of students and postdoc researchers in exploring biologically inspired fluid flows and using what they learn to inspire engineering solutions to problems.

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