International Women In Engineering Day 2020

International Women In Engineering Day 2020

Today is International Women in Engineering Day 2020 (INWED20), and we are celebrating women in engineering who are helping to shape the world. 

At Energy Jobline we are proud to have a history of promoting and driving diversity and inclusion in the energy industry, including our annual 'Women In Energy' whitepaper release, our longstanding partnerships with Society Of Women Engineers (SWE), POWERfulWomen, and our brand new partnership which we can announce today with The Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

This is reflected in our database of energy professionals. 30% of our registered candidates are female. 43% of these are aged 25-34 which shows a real surge in younger women who are taking roles in the energy industry. A further 19% are aged 35-44. We are working hard to improve these statistics year on year.

Let’s help to #ShapeTheWorld and support women engineers for #INWED20


Profiles Of Women Engineers Who Are Helping To Shape The World



Alicia Boler Davis [square]

Alicia Boler Davis spent her childhood fixing broken items in her home. She attended a high school program at the General Motors Institute and decided she wanted to work there. She completed her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Northwestern University and was the first generation of her family to attend college. She followed this with a master's degree in engineering science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Boler Davis began her General Motors (GM) career in 1994 as a manufacturing engineer at the Midsize/Luxury Car Division and she steadily climbed the ladder. She became the first black female engineer to become a plant manager, then to run multiple plants and then hold multiple vice president roles.

In 2016 she was promoted to lead GM’s global manufacturing operations and its manufacturing engineering and labor relations organizations. GM built a record 10 million vehicles. After the promotion Boler Davis earned the prestigious 2018 Black Engineer of the Year, award. And ‘Automotive News’ named her its 2017 All Star in Manufacturing. She has championed and mentored women in the automotive industry, and serves as the Executive Liaison for the GM WOMEN leadership board.

In April 2019 Boler Davis became the Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon, responsible for the worldwide network of over 175 Fulfillment Centers across 16 countries. In addition, she leads the worldwide network of Customer Service operations and technology, as well as the Sustainability, Product Safety, Security and Product Compliance teams.



Meradith Westafer [square]

Meredith Westafer is a senior industrial engineer at Tesla who manages the design and layout of the company’s Gigafactory. Located in Reno, Nevada, it produces the batteries that run Tesla vehicles. A work in progress, it is currently producing large numbers of batteries for Tesla’s electric cars. When the Gigafactory is completed, it will have the largest footprint in the world and will be powered entirely by renewable energy.

Westafer developed the models that determined how much space the factory needed and how materials flow within the factory. She also designed an automated material delivery system that uses a fleet of autonomous mobile robots to deliver goods to and from the production line.

"Sometimes when I drive into work and see this huge building, I'm a little blown away by how big the challenge is, but it's so fun," she said.



Ying Wan Loh [square]

Ying Wan Loh is a civil aerospace manufacturing engineer at Rolls-Royce plc, where she is working with a special group involved in improving aerospace products in collaboration with the company’s suppliers. In 2019, she won the Institution of Engineering and Technology Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.

She joined the company’s graduate scheme in 2015 after her time at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge. During her time at the IfM, she co-founded a technology startup which won the CSSA UK High-Tech Entrepreneurship Bronze Award.

As a manufacturing team leader at Rolls-Royce, she has led a team to reduce non-conforming parts in the factory and is responsible for £3 million worth of inventory. She is also responsible for the recruitment, health and safety, performance review and professional development of team members. In this role, she has successfully released cash value of £2 million from slow-moving parts and supported the plant to achieve 40% more parts delivered.

Outside work, Ying represents the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Young Members Board on the Professional Development Standards Committee which sets the global standards for professional chartership accreditation. A STEM ambassador, Ying wants to use her passion in arts and engineering to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers.



Ayanna Howard [square]

Dr. Ayanna Howard is an American roboticist and the School Chair for Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an educator, researcher, and innovator. Her academic career is highlighted by her focus on technology development for intelligent agents that must interact with and in a human-centered world, as well as on the education and mentoring of students in the engineering and computing fields.

As a little girl Howard was interested in robots, and her favorite TV show was The Bionic Woman. She received her B.S. in Engineering from Brown University in 1993 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Her career began at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2008 she received worldwide attention for her SnoMote robots, designed to study the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelves. In 2013, she founded Zyrobotics, which has released a suite of therapy and educational products for children with special needs.

Dr. Howard has made significant contributions in the technology areas of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics. Her published research, currently numbering over 250 peer-reviewed publications, has been widely disseminated in international journals and conference proceedings. She has over 20 years of R&D experience covering a number of projects that have been supported by various agencies including: National Science Foundation, Procter and Gamble, NASA, ExxonMobil, Intel, and the Grammy Foundation.

She continues to produce novel research and ideas focused on applications that span from assistive robots in the home to therapy gaming apps to remote robotic exploration of extreme environments. By working at NASA before entering the academic world, she brings a unique perspective to the academic environment.



Gwynne Shotwell [square]

Gwynne Shotwell is an American businesswoman and engineer. She is the President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX, an American space transportation company, where she is responsible for day-to-day operations and company growth. As of 2020, she is listed as the 55th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

Shotwell originally planned to work in the automotive industry and was enrolled in Chrysler Corporation's management training program but desired a more hands-on engineering role. In 1988, she began work at the El Segundo research center of The Aerospace Corporation, and did technical work on military space research and development contracts. During a ten-year tenure she worked in thermal analysis while writing dozens of papers on a variety of subjects including conceptual small spacecraft design, infrared signature target modeling, space shuttle integration and re-entry vehicle operational risks.

Wanting to "build, and put spacecraft together", in 1998 she left the Aerospace Corporation to become Director of the Space Systems division at Microcosm Inc., a low-cost rocket builder in El Segundo. There, she served on the executive committee and was responsible for business development.

Shotwell was employee No. 11 when she joined SpaceX in 2002, a company founded to lower the cost of space travel and enable the colonization of other planets. Today, SpaceX has grown to more than 6,000 employees and has contracts valued at $12 billion. Shotwell runs day-to-day operations and customer relationships, but her official title might as well be rainmaker. She takes CEO Elon Musk’s seemingly outlandish ideas (and idealistic timelines) and makes them happen. Achievements include the successful launch in February of SpaceX’s powerful, reusable Falcon Heavy rocket. Next up is a project to deliver high-bandwidth Internet via satellites; and the BFR, a next-generation rocket designed to whisk crew and cargo to Mars and reach any city on Earth in under an hour.



Priya [square]

Priya Balasubramaniam is an engineer with a background in mechanical engineering, supply chain management, marketing and software engineering. She is currently the vice president of Core Technologies Operations and iPhone Operations at Apple Inc where she oversees Apple's massive supply chain for manufacturing iPhones, and quality and repair operations for the iPhone and its core components.

Priya joined Apple Inc. in 2001. In June 2006 she became Director for Core Technologies Procurement which included touch panels, LCD and batteries. In July 2010 she became a Senior Director in the company. Since October 2014, she has worked as Vice President of Core Technologies & iPhone Operations. She is responsible for overseeing quality and repair operations for the iPhone device and its core components such as the microprocessor and battery.

While working at Apple she has been instrumental in negotiating a new deal to have Apple products manufactured in India, one of the worlds fastest growing smartphone markets and diversify its supply chain beyond China.

Last year, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering from Michigan State University, where she earned her MBA in supply chain management in 2001.

In her commencement speech, she described her early years as an engineer struggling to get a job. Hiring managers told her flat out "Being a girl, managing a factory, was not something I could do," she told the audience. Lucky for the tech world, she didn't listen.



Cristina Foretti [square]

Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, former Italian Air Force pilot and engineer. She holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours), and until June 2017 held the record for the longest single space flight by a woman. She is also the first Italian woman in space.

She studied and graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She then graduated in Aeronautics Sciences at the Accademia Aeronautica in Pozzuoli, becoming one of the first women to be a lieutenant and fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force. As part of her training, she completed the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot training where she has logged over 500 hours and has flown six types of military aircraft.

On 23 November, 2014 Samantha was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur in Kazakhstan and she returned to Earth on 11 June 2015.

After completing her post-flight tasks, while waiting for assignment to a second spaceflight, Samantha has been given technical and management duties at the European Astronaut Centre, which include serving on technical evaluation boards for exploration-related projects. For several years she led the Spaceship EAC initiative, a student-centred team working on the technological challenges of future missions to the Moon. She is now crew representative for ESA in the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway project.

Samantha is also part of a working group tasked with working with Chinese counterparts to define and implement cooperation in the field of astronaut operations. In 2017, together with fellow ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, she participated in a sea survival exercise organised by the Astronaut Center of China in the Yellow Sea. This was the first joint training of Chinese and non-Chinese astronauts in China.

In July 2015 Samantha was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian president.



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We hope you enjoyed our 'Profiles Of Women Engineers Who Are Helping To Shape The World'.

Energy Jobline encourage you to support The Women's Engineering Society (WES), a charity whom we partner with:


Empowering your female engineers with the strength of over 100 years’ heritage of inspiring and supporting women in engineering.

The Women's Engineering Society is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders; we encourage the education of engineering; and we support companies with gender diversity and inclusion.

Our vision is a nation in which women are as likely as men to choose to study and work in engineering, and one in which there are enough engineers to meet a growing demand

Our mission, to inspire and support girls and women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders and to work collaboratively to assist educators, employers and influencers in creating a diverse engineering community.


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