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Congratulations to Dr Priyanka Dhopade, Senior Research Associate at the Department of Engineering Science, who has just been awarded a place in the Top 50 Women in Engineering. Organised by the Women’s Engineering Society and sponsored by a range of industry partners, the Top 50 Women in Engineering under the age of 35 was recently published in a special supplement of the Telegraph. Dr Dhopade received her award at a prestigious ceremony in London on 23 June, which marked International Women in Engineering Day.

The top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 initiative aims to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector. The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), features the UK’s top rising female stars of engineering chosen from more than 500 nominations.

Dr Priyanka Dhopade’s research expertise is in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of jet engine internal flows. She is currently contributing to various projects in collaboration with Rolls-Royce plc to research and develop innovative heat transfer methodologies in jet engines. Priyanka joined the Department’s Osney laboratory in 2013.

Dr Dhopade said: ‘Aerospace engineering has always appealed to me because it's a clever solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem. As humans, we did not evolve to fly; so we built our own flying machines! Jet engine design in particular, has progressed significantly over the years to satisfy the increasingly demanding operational design criteria of the aircraft industry such as high efficiency, high reliability and availability. My goal is to contribute to the ongoing research effort to improve the performance and reliability of these engines even further.’

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), the organisation that founded International Women in Engineering Day, said: ‘We had a very high response to the campaign this year and were hugely impressed with the entries. This list of inspirational younger women shows the breadth and depth of talent and innovation across all engineering sectors. It is a great way of encouraging the next generation to enter the engineering and allied sectors and for women to succeed there. Currently women make up less than 10% of the engineering sector in the UK, and with a large skills gap looming and the need for a more diverse workforce, it has never been more important to celebrate women in engineering, raise their profile and inspire future generations to choose a career in engineering.’ 

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Story courtesy of the Department of Engineering