The 2022 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Inventors and Innovators (WE50)

In association with The Guardian newspaper and Ball Corporation.

The 2022 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Inventors and Innovators winners are listed below (in alphabetical order):

Hannah Abend, Chief Operating Officer, Wood Thilsted
Dr Tosin Adedipe-Elusakin, Technical Project Coordinator, Cranfield University
Ruth Amos, Inventor, Stairsteady/ Kids Invent Stuff
Mercedes Ascaso Til, Principal Engineer, DLT Engineering Ltd. (formerly Dorman Long Technology)
Eleanor Ball, Co-founder and Director, Graphic Structures
Hani Baluch, Solutions Delivery Manager, bp
Divya Bhanderi, Senior Engineer, Arup
Dr Qianyu Chen, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
Jessica Coldrey, Digital Skills Mentor, Birmingham Open Media
Evelyn Cropper, Technical Manager, Stirling Dynamics
Philippa Davies, Engineering Director, Reaction Engines Limited
Beth Dickens, Director, Quoceant Ltd
Dr Ama Frimpong, Head of Product Development, 52 North Health
Dr Jennifer Glover, Graduate Acoustic Consultant, AECOM
Bethany Hall, Electrical Engineer Aerospace, Rolls Royce/Aerospace Technology Institute
Dr Yiheng Hu, PhD researcher, University of Huddersfield
Rowena Innocent, Group Head of STEM strategy, Spectris plc
Tina Irvine, Engineer, Arup
Dr Ornella Iuorio, Associate Prof., University of Leeds
Prof Caroline Jay, Head of Research, School of Engineering, University of Manchester
Alice Kan, Pharmaceutical Director, Kan Do Ventures
Prof Eiman Kanjo, Professor and head of Smart Sensing Lab, Nottingham Trent University
Natalie Kerres, CEO, founder, NK Technology Ltd. (SCALED)
Palvisha Khan, EMEA Strategy and Transformation Lead, Reliance Worldwide Corporation
Dr Alalea Kia, Research Fellow, Imperial College London
Lucie Killen, Structural Engineer, Price & Myers
Guneet Kohli, Engineer, Arup
Marisa Kurimbokus, Mechanical Engineering Team Leader, Aeristech Ltd
Sarah Lu, PhD Researcher, University of Southampton
Noor Mansur, Senior Electronics Engineer, Dyson Technology Ltd.
Prof Serena Margadonna, Head of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Swansea University
Prof Gabriela Medero, Professor in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Nausheen Sultana Mehboob Basha, Project Manager and Researcher, Imperial College London
Prof Aline Miller, Professor and Associate Dead, University of Manchester
Sophie V Morse, Research Fellow, Imperial College London
Dr Youmna Mouhamad, Royal Academy Enterprise Fellow 2020, Myana Naturals Ltd
Dr Priti Parikh, Associate Professor, Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Head of Engineering for International Development Centre
Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee, Senior Flight SysteEngineer, BAE Systems
Rachel Pether, Director of Water Utilities, Consultancy, Binnies UK
Dr Agnieszka Rutkowska, Electrochemistry Lead, Depixus
Prof Lidija Šiller, Professor of Nanoscale Science, Newcastle University
Radhika Srinivasan, CEO & Founder, EcoTextura
Swati, Director, Anant Biomedical Limited
Sarah Teliani, Project Manager, Arup
Dr Navya Thomas, Research Fellow in Membrane Crystallisation, Cranfield University
Georgia Thompson, Assistant Design Programme Manager, BAM Nuttall
Carolina Toczycka, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Lenz Labs
Georgina Wharton, Director of Technology, Parkside Community School
Jane Wright, Emerging Leaders Scheme (Decarbonisation Strategy and Engineering), Transport for London (TfL)
Nadja Yang, President, European Young Engineers

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The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is delighted to announce the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering awards. Now in its seventh year, the 2022 WE50 winners celebrate women who are older than 18 who can demonstrate the creation or improvement of a product or process that makes a difference.

For 2022, the Women’s Engineering Society, in association with The Guardian and Ball Corporation, a global supplier of sustainable packaging, invited nominations on numerous factors, including their ability to support and combat climate change, work as an advocate for women in STEM, their drive to make a difference within the engineering industry and achieving beyond what would normally be expected.

Even in the current climate, the number and standard of nominations were high, emphasising the exceptional achievements made by women in this field. The WE50 awards were judged by a panel of industry experts.

This year more than ever, female engineers are applying themselves to sustainability and creating a built environment that is kinder to the natural world.

Female engineers are working hard to combat global CO2 emissions by creating products that monitor, capture and reduce carbon emissions, as well as developing energy solutions to decarbonise entire countries.

At the heart of many of the projects featured in this year’s list are those that help us to be more eco-friendly, whether it be infrastructure, transport systems and all types of equipment that help us to be more sustainable.

As Elizabeth Donnelly CEO of WES says ‘”Once again WES is delighted to celebrate the achievements of women engineers. It’s a joy that so many innovative women are making a difference to our everyday lives and working to mitigate the impact that engineering has on the environment”.

Judges of the WE50 Awards

The WE50 awards were judged by a panel of industry experts as follows:

Dr Bola Olabisi – Founder & CEO of the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GlobalWIIN) (Head Judge)
Lauren Touré – Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA (WE50 Sponsor)
Dawn Childs FREng – CEO, Pure Data Centres (Operations), and President, Women’s Engineering Society
Carl Hayward – Business Excellence Manager, Costa Express
Dr Giorgia Longobardi – CEO, Cambridge GaN Devices
Mara Makoni – Consultant, PA Consulting & Board Member, Association For Black Engineers
Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE – Founder and Managing Director, Equal Engineers, Equal Engineers
Libby Meyrick – Chief Executive, Institution of Engineering Designers
Susan Robson – Principal Consultant, National Grid & Board Member, Women’s Engineering Society
Emily Spearman – Head of PMO, Orsted & Board Member, Women’s Engineering Society
Our top 50 were chosen from 100 Finalists. Those who made the final 100 but not the Top 50 are listed here:

Dr Christelle Abadie, University Assistant Professor in civil engineering, University of Cambridge
Zainab Adigun, Senior Strcutral Engineer, Pell Frischmann
Melissa Ahmed, Managing Director, Techwuman Ltd
Dr Farida Amrouche, Enviroment consultant, CETEC Professional Scientific Solutions
Dr Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Senior Lecturer in Bioresources Science and Engineering, Cranfield University
Dr Marzia Bolpagni, Head of Building Information Modelling – Associate Director, Mace
Dr Delphine Byford, DE&S Environmental Consultant and Deputy Discipline Lead, Science, Defence Equipment & Support
Dr Paula Carey, Chief Technology Officer, Carbon8 SysteLtd
Alison Cartwright, Senior Project Manager, CNG Services
Dr Tessa Charles, Lecturer, University of Liverpool
Dr Katie Chong, Senior Lecturer, Aston University
Blessing Danha, Senior Director, Ankura
Sarah Day, Teaching Fellow, University of Strathclyde
Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
Dr Francesca Donadoni, Co-founder & CTO, The PS Collective
Beccie Drake, Digital Offshore Wind Leader, Arup
Emma-claire Dunning, Automotive Braking Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
Federica Franceschini, Management Consulting Senior Management Level / Founder, CEO and Director., Accenture / Exploring Factory
Dr Cinzia Giannetti, Associate Professor, Swansea University
Chloe Goulding, Structural Engineer, Arup
Claudia Hernandez, Graduate Process Engineer, C-Capture
Prof Louise Horsfall, Chair of Sustainable Biotechnology, University of Edinburgh
Dr Adrienne Houston, Company Director, Eurovacuum Products Ltd.
Leen Jabban, PhD student, University of Bath
Natalia Jawiarczyk, PhD Student, Cranfield University
Hannah K, Analyst, GCHQ
Alexandra Knight, CEO, STEMAZING
Jessica Korzeniowska, Senior SysteEngineer / Requirements Manager, UK Atomic Energy Authority
Jennifer Lake, Director, Fredericklake
Prof Alice Larkin, Head of School of Engineering, University of Manchester
Oana Lazar, Student, University of Southampton
Dr Eluned Lewis, Senior Fellow, Defence Equipment and Support, UK MOD
Dr Zhe Liu, Sustainability Lead of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
Dr Candice Majewski, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sheffield
Kirsten McCormick, SysteEngineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Fiona McIntosh, Product Safety Engineer – Graduate, BAE Systems
Dr Claire MacLeod, Principal Scientist, AstraZeneca
Prof Marcelle McManus, Professor of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Co-Director, Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies, University of Bath
Jessica Nanayakkara, Carrington Facility Operations Supervisor, Air Products
Dr Sofiat Olaosebikan, Lecturer in Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Misha Patel, PhD Student, University of Oxford
Rosanna Plant, Project Engineer, Centrica
Dr Catherine Ramsdale, SVP Technology, PragmatIC Semiconductor
Kirstin Rouse, Senior SysteEngineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Karen Spenley, Technology Sustainability Advisor, Schlumberger
Anna Sutherland, Associate Director – Buildings Digital, Arup
Dr Anupma Thakur, Postdoctoral Researcher, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana, USA
Kate Todd-Davis, Manufacturing Engineering Apprentice, Rolls Royce
Dr Shruti Turner, Postdoctoral Researcher, Imperial College London
Dr Carol Verheecke-Vaessen, Academic Fellow in Applied Molecular Mycology, Cranfield University

Disclaimer: The Women’s Engineering Society has not validated any claims to invention and innovation. Any dispute about the veracity of any claim should be taken up with directly with the claimant.