Women in Engineering

Like its STEM peers, engineering has often been cast as a male-dominated discipline. But the truth is, engineering is for everyone. And our successful engineering graduates are living and working proof of that. Here, we look at how women in engineering are making things happen – and how you can, too.

A message from our Dean, Professor Elizabeth Croft

Meet our senior women

Professor Elizabeth Croft

Professor Elizabeth Croft joined Monash in January 2018 as Dean of Engineering. Previously, she was with the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she was Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Read Elizabeth’s 2021 IWD speech

Associate Professor Victoria Haritos
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Victoria Haritos research brings together biology and engineering to address future manufacturing needs. She is interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions as isolated bio-catalysts.

Professor Julia Lamborn
Associate Dean (Education)

Professor Julia Lamborn received her BEng (Civil) GradDipChemEng; and MEng and PhD in Environmental Engineering, all from Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD thesis was on landfill gas modelling. Julia is a civil, chemical and environmental engineer.

Associate Professor Nicoleta Maynard
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of Engineering Education

Associate Professor Nicoleta Maynard is the Director of Engineering Education. She has been recognised by a number of national and international awards, including the 2008 Petronas Award for Education and Training, 2013 Australian Office of Teaching and Learning Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and 2016 Caltex Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Read more about Nicoleta’s career.

Other links to explore

  • Made By Me: an innovative campaign that challenges stereotypes and show that engineering can be exciting and relevant to young women.
  • WoW blog: each week, WoW blog features a prominent woman who made significant contributions to engineering or science. Conference Room 4SM (CR4) is a forum for engineers, scientists and technical researches to discuss engineering news, seek technical help and get answers to burning questions.
  • Engineer Girl: turn imagination into reality with a future in engineering! This American site showcases engineering careers for girls.
  • The Futures Channel: founded in 1999 with the goal of using new media technologies to create a channel between the scientists, engineers, explorers and visionaries who are shaping the future, and today's learners who will one day succeed them.
  • Ace day jobs: a series of video episodes of Australians with innovative careers. It’s about people who really love their work and how they got into it. Each episode gives you an insight into different engineering jobs, and there are plenty of suggestions on how to get there. Ace day jobs
  • Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
  • Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM