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Women in Engineering Case Studies

To celebrate Women in Engineering, we have produced some case studies to inspire future generations of female engineers. See below to find out more.

In order to succeed, you need a pallet of resources - the ability to understand a situation is for sure one of my preferred one, because then you can plan to act and progress with relevant people.

Nadine Leclair began her career at Sligos as a research engineer before joining Renault in 1984 as a CAD engineer. Her first experience in bodywork engineering was on the Safrane project in 1989, then on the Mégane 1 project.

"The mobility eco-system is increasing because of new technologies being embarked upon all along the value chain: we need more "vertical” skills: connectivity, internet, power electronics, battery, cyber protections, ethernet network etc."

Click here to read Nadine's full interview, with advice and guidance for students and aspiring young engineers.

The automotive field offers the particularity of being multidisciplinary and needs several skills (mechanics, chemistry, electricity, computer science, mathematics, ...).

Dr.-ing Ouafaé El Ganaoui-Mourlan, Chair on Electric, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicle for Smart Mobility, Centre motorisations et mobilité durable, IFP School/ENSPM, France

"Today's students must not rely solely on their degree, they must make themselves visible via social networks and show that they have added value for tomorrow's mobility, they must be concerned about environmental issues, they must also be convinced by their choices and ready to question themselves in the service of innovation."

Click here to read Ouafae's full academic and career timeline, along with lots more advice and guidance for students and aspiring young engineers. 

Whichever specialism within the automotive industry I take, I would like to not only be an expert but also a leader in that field.

By Kim Everitt, Engine Management Systems Integration Engineer at Aston Martin.

"From watching different motorsport applications on the television to driving myself, my interest in cars has solidified over the years and led to the career path I want to pursue. In addition to this my mum always encouraged that anything is possible with work, dedication and to follow my dreams."

Click here to read Kim's full article.

I think that any industry should involve more women because they often have a different vision of processes, products and technologies

By Anca Iordache, Digital Mockup Pilot at Renault, a FISITA Corporate Member.

"I think that any industry should involve more women, because they often have a different vision of processes, products and technologies. Female influences are visible in the automotive industry, particularly in design. I think that the more films and TV shows that represent successful women in automotive, the more women will be attracted into the sector."

Click here to read Anca's full article.

The possibility to create, shape and define future vehicles is the most inspiring motivation I could dream of

By Friederike Philipsenburg, Vehicle Architecture Engineer at Ford Motor Company, a FISITA Corporate Member.

"The possibility to create, shape and define future vehicles is the most inspiring motivation I could dream of. Being able to work in a global team in different work fields makes your everyday life exciting and interesting. Nowadays young people have a great chance to develop as an automotive engineer - I highly recommend taking this path!"

Click here to read Friederike's full article.

It's great to be a woman in automotive engineering

By Saskia Monsma D.Sc (Tech)
Research Associate and Senior Lecturer, HAN Automotive | HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands 

"To start with an understatement; being a woman in automotive engineering is great. Despite not being very practical, my interest in what I later found out was called ‘science and engineering’, was raised by my brother’s example and inspired me in my future engineering career."

Click here to read Saskia's full article.

 My journey in engineering and advice to female engineers

By Sarah Haslam
C520 and V408 PVT Manager, Ford Motor Company, Spain

"There are lots of diverse engineering roles in the design and manufacture of vehicles and very few these days require you to get your hands dirty!  They all give a positive feeling and sense of contribution and, if I can give that insight to young girls, that's good."

Click here to read Sarah's full article.


By Jodie Howlett
Undergraduate Integrated Master’s Mechanical Engineering Student, Sheffield Hallam University | Manufacturing Engineer Intern, Rolls-Royce.

"As a Mechanical Engineering student, I have already enjoyed many exciting opportunities that have allowed me to gain invaluable experience. From interning at Rolls-Royce and Siemens to gaining two scholarships totalling £14,000; my early career in engineering is proving to be more interesting and rewarding than I could ever have imagined. However, I am one of a minority of women that choose engineering as a career."

Click here to read Jodie's full article.

Being a female engineer at Jaguar Land Rover

By Lucia Perea del Olmo
Environmental Test Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

"My main piece of advice for aspiring young engineers? Do not let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough to be an engineer. Don’t lose motivation because someone says 'engineering isn’t for girls'."

Click here to read Lucia's full article.

Women leaders are reshaping General Motors

Over in the United States, a recent article in the Detroit Free Press highlights how a generation of female leaders is reshaping General Motors – a Corporate Member of FISITA.

GM’s Mary Barra became the first woman to be appointed Chair and CEO of a global manufacturer. The article highlights that she is “part of a generation of women leaders reshaping General Motors from the plant floor to the C-suite, jobs historically denied to them in the male-dominated auto industry”.

Click here to read the full article.

One step at a time!

By Adina Sorostinean
Master’s in Mobility and Electric Vehicles student, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France

"People are driven by stereotypes and even if it doesn’t seem obvious the fight for gender equality is far from being over. You might find yourself referred to as the pretty one or advised to buy a ‘women’s car’. I know I had. But I also know that one day we will get there: one female engineer at a time! "

Click here to read Adina's full article.

We need more women in engineering

By Prof. Harry Watson
Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

"Getting women into engineering begins by changing attitudes at school and home. School visits and unprecedented opportunities worked in the past. Maybe some of the ideas here can be used again."

Click here to read Harry's Watson full article.

 Life as an engineering student in Hong Kong

By Oi Man Leung
Mechanical Engineering Student, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

"Although engineering had never been on my mind during my childhood, growing up in a buzzing, cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong meant that technology would always be constantly revolving around me."

Click here to read Oi Man's full article.

We would like to see greater participation by women

By The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE)

"We expect that an increase in the number of JSAE female members would make it possible to incorporate the fresh perspectives of women, invigorate the Society, and lead to advances in automotive engineering as a whole."

Click here to read the full article.

Why are there fewer women in engineering?

 By Meenakshi Rajamani
Automotive Engineer, Intel Corporation, UK

"Children at a young age need to be exposed to the basics of engineering to understand what 'engineering' really is. 40 years ago, engineering meant building bridges and houses. A decade later, it was all about the greasy engines and motors. Now, engineering is much more than that."

Click here to read Meenakshi's full article.

Use every possible opportunity

By Olga Merzliakova
Mechanical Engineering Master’s student, Moscow Polytech, Russia

"The main rule of my life is to use every possible opportunity; take part in competitions, internships and events to showcase your skills. If something is going wrong, don’t get upset and don’t give up, because it would be worse if you hadn’t even tried."

Click here to read Olga's full article.

Building professional careers for women engineers in India

On 20th February 2017 our colleagues at SAEINDIA delivered the Eminent Speaker Series Lecture on “Building Professional Careers for Women Engineers” at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, DAVV, Indore.

Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director at Automotive Research Association of India (ARIA) delivered an engaging speech at the event which was attended by women engineers and engineering students and academics who gained valuable insight on how to progress their careers in engineering.

Rashmi took over as Director at ARAI on 1st July 2014.  Before taking over this senior position, she has built a career that spans over 30 years at ARAI.  Having graduated in 1981 from VRCE, Nagpur, she has completed Masters in Electronics Engineering from COEP, Pune and obtained a Diploma in Corporate Directorship from WCCG (World Council for Corporate Governance).