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Professor Eleanor Stride makes top 50 Women in Engineering List

An inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering has been published today (23 June 2016) in the Daily Telegraph for the first time to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day. Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Stride, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, who is included in the top 50 Women in Engineering!

The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society features the UK’s top influential female engineers chosen from almost 900 nominations.

Dawn Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society who is also the founder of National Women in Engineering Day commented: ‘We had a very high response to this campaign and were hugely impressed with the entries. This list of amazing role models is a great way of raising the profile of our talented women engineers and making them more visible both within the industry and to the next generation.’

The list includes many familiar senior engineers’ names such as Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, former Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and now Chair of EEF the Manufacturers’ Organisation. It also includes some names that may come as a surprise, including Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast, a former engineer who continues to do a huge amount to encourage the next generation into engineering, and Chi Onwurah MP – the only female engineer in Parliament.

Professor Eleanor Stride joined the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford in 2011 when she also became a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. She holds a B.Eng. and Ph.D. from University College London. Following the completion of her PhD in 2005, she was appointed to a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC Research Fellowship and subsequently a Readership in 2010. Professor Stride’s research is focused in two complementary areas namely, drug delivery systems engineering and biomedical ultrasonics.

The candidates on the list represent the broad range of engineering roles available including industrialists from the traditional built environment, energy and transport sectors, but also including names from the Hilton Group of Hotels, the Merlin entertainment group and many representatives from academia. The list also includes women who are no longer working as practicing engineers but are nevertheless still influential in the sector.

Judge Allan Cook CBE, Chairman of Atkins commented: ‘I was really impressed with the calibre, quality and quantity of the submissions. Reading through the entries it was incredibly exciting to see the breadth of talent we have in our engineering community.’

Brief biographies of each one of the 50 engineers on the list is printed in the Telegraph today (23 June). This was accompanied by a breakfast launch at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.

Sponsors of the campaign were Scottish Power, Mars Petcare, Jaguar Land Rover, SEMTA, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and BAE Systems.

Judges of the competition were: Dawn Bonfield MBE Chief Executive, Women's Engineering Society; Allan Cook CBE Chairman of Atkins, Chairman of SEMTA, Non-Executive Director of BIS; Professor John Perkins CBE FREng Previously BIS Chief Scientific Adviser; Michelle Richmond Membership and Professional Development Director of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; Fiona Tatton Founder and Editor of Womanthology.

About National Women in Engineering Day

  • National Women in Engineering Day is now an International awareness campaign sponsored by UNESCO to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It takes place annually on 23 June and in 2016 NWED is celebrated for the third year. It is coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society and was established in 2014 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Society. For more information please visit:

Many other events are taking place across the UK and internationally to mark National Women in Engineering Day and these can be found here:

The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity which was established in 1919 to promote diversity in engineering. It is a membership organisation and supports women engineers; encourages the engineering education; and supports corporate engineering diversity and inclusion. For more information please visit: