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.

  • Curiosity, imagination and creativity
    The personal qualities at the heart of engineering says Smiths Non-Executive Board Director Dame Ann Dowling.
  • “My career gives me the chance to solve tough problems!”
    Three engineers from our John Crane division share their experiences. 
  • “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.

  • Inspiring the next generation of engineers
    Three of our engineers share their experiences and discuss the opportunities there are for women in engineering.

meet our engineers

Dame Ann Dowling
Dame Ann Dowling

Curiosity, imagination and creativity

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

Dame Ann's story
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.

Daisy's story
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.

Mackenzie's story
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”.

Tracy's story
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.

Jiao's story
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.

Christie's story
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.

Libby's story
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.

Kanza's story
Karen Bomba

Keep learning, keep pushing: the key to a successful career

Karen Bomba continues to build on her experience and learn new things every step of the way.

Karen's story
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.

Michelle's story
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.

“A diverse team will come up with a different solution – a better solution”
Karen BombaPresident, Smiths Interconnect