Supporting Women in Engineering
Smiths engineers are heroes. They help us solve the world’s challenges. They’re the heart of Smiths. We believe a diverse and inclusive team brings a broader perspective. And delivers better innovation and superior solutions.
At Smiths we have many talented female engineers. But we need more. We want to inspire future generations of women to pursue engineering and technology as a career.
Check out the stories of some of our talented women. Why they chose engineering. The different paths they took. And how today they’re helping Smiths create the future.
MEET SOPHIE PASZYNSKA, MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER
Sophie reflects on her career at Smiths Detection and on the theme of International Women in Engineering day 2021: Engineering Heroes.
Inspiring the next generation of engineersThree of our engineers share their experiences and discuss the opportunities there are for women in engineering.
“My career gives me the chance to solve tough problems!”Three engineers from our John Crane division share their experiences.
Curiosity, imagination and creativityThe personal qualities at the heart of engineering says Smiths Non-Executive Board Director Dame Ann Dowling.
“The culture here is fantastic – there’s a real focus on learning through doing.”
Allyssa Skidmore, Director of Research, Development and Technology explains why the culture at Smiths makes it such a great place to learn.
It matters to society to have more women in engineering
We are very lucky to have such talented female engineers across our business and on our Board of Directors. They’ve self-recorded these messages in which they reflect on what it means to be a woman in engineering and science, the path they took and why we need more women to pursue this fulfilling career.
meet our engineers
Seek inspiration from everything around you
John Crane gives me the space to take the visions that come from dreams and apply the magic of science and mathematics. I feel so powerful – an engineering hero - to be able to add the expertise of my profession and my knowledge of nature's materials to create a design that is not just unique, but also sustainable.
Be better than yesterday
Smiths provides an environment where I am encouraged to constantly learn, put forward my creative ideas, and apply my skills for professional and personal development. We often go through the security and screening process in our everyday life which makes understanding and solving the problems interesting and more enjoyable.
Behind every great product is an even greater Quality Engineer
Claire talks about the core function of a quality engineer, the importance of having people skills and her role in our response against COVID-19.
Destined for a career in medical device engineering
While many other kids grow up playing with Lego or dolls, Erin loved playing with the sample devices her Engineer mother would bring home.
Curiosity, imagination and creativity
The personal qualities at the heart of engineering says Dame Ann Dowling.
An engineer can change the world
Daisy Ibarra talks about the important work she and her team do, and how a work-life balance is achievable in engineering.
Why listening is so important
Do you need to be a good listener to be an Engineer? The answer is a definitive yes – according to Mackenzie Tannhauser.
Make the impossible possible!
Tracy Cai describes her journey to becoming a successful senior engineer – through sheer determination and being “crazy about learning”.
Engineering: the solution isn't always technical
Whilst studying to be an engineer, Jiao Yang focused on her technical abilities but when she began solving real-world problems it became apparent that her soft skills were just as important.
Making an impact as an engineer
Christie Twist is a specialist in a relatively new field of engineering but one that pervades our everyday lives. Even if we don't know it.
Engineering is a form of art
Libby Alexander studied Art A-Level before becoming an engineer. She believes it’s helped her become a more creative problem solver.
The feminine side to STEM
Kanza Amanullah is proud to be a woman in engineering and doesn’t believe it means giving up her femininity.
Why engineering needs more women
Women will think, act or approach problems differently and it’s this diversity of perspective that will help solve the world’s most challenging problems, says Rachael DiGrazia.
From engineer to massage therapist: why taking a career break can be beneficial
After leaving the engineering sector to become a massage therapist Michelle L’Heureux decided it was time to return.
An unconventional route to engineering
Kristi Korkowski believes that nothing is ever out of reach if you have a goal you want to achieve, even if the route to get there is a little unconventional.