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

23 June 2022

Montage of the 2022 WE50 L-R in alphabetical order by surname
Montage of the 2022 WE50 L-R in alphabetical order by surname

On #INWED22, The Women's Engineering Society would like to offer its congratulations to all winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering (#WE50) awards in 2022.

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 & 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 & Head of Smart Sensing Lab, Nottingham Trent University
•    Natalie Kerres, CEO & founder, NK Technology Ltd. (SCALED)
•    Palvisha Khan, EMEA Strategy & 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.
•    Professor Serena Margadonna, Head of the School of Engineering & 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 & Associate Dean, 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 & Chief Commercial Officer, Lenz Labs
•    Georgina Wharton, Director of Technology, Parkside Community School
•    Jane Wright, Emerging Leaders Scheme (Decarbonisation Strategy & Engineering), Transport for London (TfL)
•    Nadja Yang, President, European Young Engineers

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 & 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 & Engineering, Cranfield University
•    Dr Marzia Bolpagni, Head of Building Information Modelling - Associate Director, Mace
•    Dr Delphine Byford, DE&S Environmental Consultant & 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 & 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 & Environmental Engineering, Co-Director, Centre for Sustainable & 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 Systems Engineer, 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

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