Supporting Women in Engineering

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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.


    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 engineers
    Three 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 creativity
    The 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

Darshana D Dhabale
Darshana D Dhabale

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.

Lavanya N
Lavanya N

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.

Claire Abrahams
Claire Abrahams

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.

Erin Mortenson
Erin Mortenson

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.

Dame Ann Dowling
Dame Ann Dowling

Curiosity, imagination and creativity

The personal qualities at the heart of engineering says Dame Ann Dowling.

Daisy Ibarra with wall of hand-prints
Daisy Ibarra

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.

Mackenzie volunteering STEM
Mackenzie Tannhauser

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.

Tracy Cai at desk
Tracy Cai

Make the impossible possible!

Tracy Cai describes her journey to becoming a successful senior engineer – through sheer determination and being “crazy about learning”.

Jiao Yang

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.

Christie Twist

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.

Libby Alexander

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.

Kanza Amanullah

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.

Rachael DiGrazia

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.


Michelle L'Heureux

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.

kristi korkowski

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.