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Students and staff share their engineering heroes for International Women in Engineering Day

Students and academics from Kingston University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing shared some of the influential female engineers who have inspired them as they marked this year’s International Women in Engineering Day on June 23. Lecturer in building surveying Zoe Almazan spoke about Emily Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 1800s after her husband fell ill, while Dr Malcolm Claus outlined his admiration for the then-13 year old Hazel Hill, who helped her father solve the problem of how to incorporate eight guns on to the wings of the Spitfire fighter plane, proving age is no barrier to making a difference in the world. The achievements of Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian descent to go into space, were celebrated by Monica Chandran, an MSc Structural Design and Construction Management student currently working on placement as an industrial engineer.

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