NTU researcher professor Eiman Kanjo has been named among the Top 50 Women in Engineering by The Women’s Engineering Society (WES).The WES has revealed the list as part of International Women in Engineering Day 2022 to celebrate women who demonstrate the creation or improvement of a product or process that makes a difference. Eiman, professor of Pervasive Sensing and head of the Smart Sensing Lab in NTU’s School of Science and Technology, researches topics including mobile sensing, edge computing, data science and technology for wellbeing. Under the leadership of Professor Kanjo, her team at NTU won a 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Research Award. Professor Kanjo is also the award lead of the new NTU-Turing Data Science Network funded by the Alan Turing Institute. For 2022, the WES, in association with The Guardian and Ball Corporation, a global supplier of sustainable packaging, invited nominations on numerous factors, including their ability to support and combat climate change, work as an advocate for women in STEM, their drive to make a difference within the engineering industry and achieving beyond what would normally be expected. The number and standard of nominations were high, emphasising the exceptional achievements made by women in this field. The WE50 awards were judged by a panel of industry experts. This year more than ever, female engineers are applying themselves to sustainability and creating a built environment that is kinder to the natural world. Female engineers are working hard to combat global CO2 emissions by creating products that monitor, capture and reduce carbon emissions, as well as developing energy solutions to decarbonise entire countries. At the heart of many of the projects featured in this year’s list are those that help us to be more eco-friendly, whether it be infrastructure, transport systems and all types of equipment that help us to be more sustainable.
Professor Kanjo said: “My hope is that engineers and technologists, female and male, play a more prominent role in shaping the world’s future. We design and develop systems that respond to local communities’ needs and we work hand in hand with end users’ organisations to understand what we can do.“I am so grateful to WES for this award, and to my family and my late father who always believed in me and encouraged me to be the engineer I am. Also thank you to all the people who have supported me over the years, including my brilliant Smart Sensing team and colleagues at NTU, without whom this would not have been possible.” Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO of WES, said: “Once again WES is delighted to celebrate the achievements of women engineers. It’s a joy that so many innovative women are making a difference to our everyday lives and working to mitigate the impact that engineering has on the environment.”