Join us to celebrate the achievements of women engineers who dared to dream and transformed challenges into opportunities. Through their innovations, discoveries, and dedication, these remarkable women have not only enriched the field of engineering but have also inspired countless others to pursue their passions.
- Hedy Lamarr:
Hedy Lamarr, in addition to her successful acting career, was an inventor and engineer. During World War II, she co-invented a frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology, which laid the foundation for modern wireless communication systems, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
“Probably entirely unknown to her audience, however, were Hedy’s skills as a mathematician and her passion for invention. From an early age she had worked in her spare time on various projects and inventions, developing an improved traffic signal design and a tablet that dissolved in water to make a carbonated soft drink”/ Theheroincollective.com
- Lillian Gilbreth:
Lillian Gilbreth was an American industrial engineer and psychologist. She pioneered the field of industrial engineering. Inventions Gilbreth is perhaps best known for are adding shelves to the refrigerator and adding a foot pedal to the kitchen trash can. She also created kitchen designs for individuals with disabilities.
In 1921 Gilbreth was the first female member inducted into the Society for Industrial Engineers. She was also the first female to receive the Hoover Medal, awarded in 1966 for public service as an industrial engineer. The National Society of Professional Engineers, with support from the American Psychological Association, was successful in getting a 1984 U.S. postage stamp issued in her honor. Gilbreth is the only psychologist to appear on a stamp.
- Rosalind Franklin:
Rosalind Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work played a crucial role in the discovery of the DNA double helix structure. Her X-ray diffraction images provided valuable insights that contributed to the understanding of DNA’s molecular structure.
- Chien-Shiung Wu:
Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American experimental physicist who made significant contributions to the field of nuclear physics. She conducted the famous Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She contributed to the experiments that led to the discovery of the weak force in radioactive decay.
- Mae Jemison:
Contributions: Mae Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. After leaving NASA, she founded several educational and technology companies to promote science and engineering education.
These remarkable women engineers have made substantial impacts in various engineering disciplines, paving the way for future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM fields. Their achievements continue to inspire and empower women around the world to contribute to the field of engineering and make a difference in society.