I came across an article in the IEEE transmitter about 5 women who have shaped modern technology.
- Marissa Mayer
If you only know Marissa Mayer as the president and CEO of Yahoo!, you’re probably not alone.
That said, Mayer’s star shines well beyond her c-suite role. Her business savvy has roots deep roots in engineering. Mayer, who earned an MS in computer science from Stanford, holds many patents in the field of artificial intelligence.
- Carla Meninsky
Carla Meninsky is the OGG – the original gamer girl. Meninsky picked up programming in high school, and even if you’re too young to remember Atari and its infamous joysticks, it’s hard not to be impressed by the fact that Meninsky was one of two female engineers at Atari who developed the 1980s game cartridges.
- Evelyn Boyd Granville
Evelyn Granville’s legacy is inspirational on many levels. In addition to being one of the first African-American women to receive a PhD in Mathematics, she was a professor at Fisk University, later leaving to work as a computer programmer at IBM. In 1989, Granville was the first African-American woman to receive an honorary doctorate from an institution (Smith College).
- Beatrice Hicks
Beatrice Hicks is a great role model for aspiring engineers, because like them, she set her sights on the industry at a young age. She graduated from Newark College of Engineering, representing 50% of the female class makeup – that’s right, there were only two women, Hicks included. Hicks held senior engineering roles at various New Jersey-based companies, and played a big role in the creation of engineering societies for women. Hicks was a founding member of the Society for Women Engineers, and was Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s first female recipient of an honorary doctorate. Oh, and did we mention she was also a member of IEEE?
- Edith Clarke
Brilliant is just one word that applies to Edith Clarke, and the mark she left on engineering. She spent the majority of her career at General Electric, later going on to teach at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was the first female professor of electrical engineering. Many years after her death, Clarke was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Which other women have helped shaped modern technology? Lets increase this list. Share your thoughts.