If you compare with other countries, the role of women in science and engineering in India is meek. The only sector where women dominate men in numbers is the IT sector. Though many women pursue science and engineering only half of them go to jobs related to their field while other half stay at home or pursue other jobs.
In this beautiful day, June 22, International Women in Engineering day, let us shine some light on 5 Indian women who highly succeeded in engineering in international level and encouraged other women to pursue science and engineering.
1. Tessy Thomas, Scientist at Defense Research and Development Organization
She received her B.Tech degree from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, and M.Tech from Institute of Armament Technology, Pune. She is the project director of AGNI-IV missile. Agni- IV is the brainchild of India. It is lightweight and has numerous new technology for long-range attack as far as 4000 Km. Because of her contribution in this project and other similar projects she is called as “Missile Women” of India.
2. Padmashree Warrior, NIO, US
She completed her B.E Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1982. She was raised in Vijayawada, AP. She is CEO of NIO, a car company specialized in developing electrical mobility with 4000 employees. Prior to Nio, she served as Vice President in Motorola Energy system and Semiconductor Product Sector.
In 2004 she was awarded “National Medal of Technology” by U.S President. She was portrayed as “Raising Star” “Young and powerful” by Fortune Magazine in different occasions. Economic Times ranked her as an 11th most influential women in 2005. In 2015 she is ranked as 75th most powerful women by Forbes. Some of her other awards are World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Excellence in Engineering, Science and Technology Award, Innovator Award for Women in Technology, Visionary Award, World of Difference Award, GenFlux Leader, Global CTO Award, Leadership in Science and Technology Award,Top 10 Women in Cloud Award,Most Innovative People Award- Women Mavericks,Women Elevating Science and Technology Award
3. Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President, Platform Engineering, Adobe
She was born in Delhi and graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delhi in 1988. She is now the vice president of Platform Engineering at Adobe Digital marketing, San Francisco Bay. Her job involves big data, databases and analytics. Her speciality is to launched technology ventures and developing into them in the global level with high profit.
Anjul Bhambhri is driving business across the industry, academia, and government. Because of her excellent work, she was featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Silicon Angle, and more. In 2009, she received the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s “Tribute to Women in Technology” Award.
4. Prachi Gupta, Head of Engineering, LinkedIn Feed
She did her UG and PG in Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Indore, MP. She is the Director and Head of Linkedin feed and research division for about 8 years. She built many engineering teams and help many startups to become successful. She is an innovator a problem solver and great team leader.
Prachi Gupta is often praised for her ability to complete the complex project successfully and natural leadership. she is an active supporter of diversity in the STEM and co-founded LinkedIn’s Women in Technology initiative.
5. Aanchal Gupta, Director, Security at Facebook
Aanchal Gupta completed her B.Tech in Computer Science in National Institute of Technology, Haryana. She is the director of Cyber Security wing at Facebook with more than 20 years of experience. She is also responsible for promoting the trustworthy products in Facebook, messenger and Instagram to all the users around the world based on their preference. She is the board member of “Silicon Valley Women”