Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering

The university joined the Science in Australia Gender Equity pilot program to support the promotion, hiring, participation and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

We are dedicated to ensuring our female students are aware of scholarship and internship opportunities, prizes and events aimed towards them.

Women in Engineering Committee

Women In Engineering

It is the goal of the School of Engineering to be an equitable and inclusive place to work, research and study. Our aim is to promote a society in which the decision to pursue a career in Engineering is not limited by gender. The School of Engineering has established a Women in Engineering Committee, which aims to support women studying Engineering at Macquarie University and increase the representation of women in STEM. The group of academics, staff and students work to:

  • Provide additional networking opportunities for female students
  • Support academics, tutors and students address the issues related to diversity and equity
  • Proactively address potential causes of unconscious bias
  • Support other Women in STEM and Women in Engineering organisations, such as IEEE WIE and Engineers Australia WIE.

The current chair of the Women in Engineering Committee is Dr Yijiao Jiang.

Our Inspiring Female Leaders

Dr Sudipta Chakraborty

Dr Sudipta Chakraborty is currently working as a Lecturer in the School of Engineering, MADTRL group, Macquarie University (MQ).  Her research interests include microwave and millimeterwave circuit design in different process technologies like Silicon Germanium (SiGe), GAllium Arsenide (GaAs) and Gallium Nitride (GaN). She is also actively involved with IEEE activities in NSW section. Currently she is the Chair of IEEE NSW Education Chapter and Australia Council WIE Liaison Officer.

Dr Sara Deilami

Dr Sara Deilami received her M.S and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Curtin University, Perth. Prior to joining Macquarie University, she was a lecturer at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University for 6 years. She was a female in power engineer academic representative at the Australian Power Institute for three years and has over ten years of industry experience.

Her research interests lie in Smart grid, Electric Vehicle Charging, Renewable Energy, Power Quality, and Power System Protection. She has published over 40 papers including high citation journal articles and peer reviewed conferences. She also secured two industry grants in 2017 on feasibility study for hybrid diesel and solar generation system in remote aboriginal communities.  Sara has been actively involved in voluntary participation in Engineers Australia, IEEE, EESA, PES, WIE organisations and conferences. She has also been involved in many conferences as technical chair (CMD, ICPES 2019), publication chair (ICPES 2019, ISGT 2020) and WIE chair (AUPEC 2014).

Dr Shujuan Huang

Dr Shujuan Huang joined School of Engineering, Macquarie University as an Associate Professor in 2019, with an adjunct position at School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW Sydney. Shujuan Huang received her BE and ME in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and PhD in Material Engineering from Hiroshima University, Japan. From 2001 to 2004 she was a Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Advanced Science of Matter, Hiroshima University, Japan. She joined the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW Sydney in 2006. Her research has been focused on developing nanomaterials for future generation low-cost and high-efficiency opto-electronic devices, with particular expertise in solution-based processes, fabrication and advanced characterization of semiconductor thin film quantum dot and perovskite solar cells. She has supervised 40 HDR students and 10 Post-doctoral Fellows.

Associate Professor Yijiao Jiang

Associate Professor Yijiao Jiang is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Chair of Women in Engineering Committee at Macquarie University. After completing her PhD at University of Stuttgart, she worked as postdoc at ETH Z├╝rich between 2008 and 2010. Yijiao was awarded UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship in 2010 and ARC DECRA in 2011, which was jointly hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Since joining at MQ in 2014, she has secured over AUD$4.3m in research grants from the ARC Research Hub with industrial partners (Rio Tinto and JITRI), ARC DP, the EU H2020 etc. Yijiao is currently leading a research group with 1 ARC DECRA, 1 visiting professor and 7 PhD students. Her research interests mainly focus on the development of better thermal-, photo-, and electro-catalytic systems for green chemical processes, renewable energy production and environmental protection.

Professor Candace Lang

Professor Candace Lang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Macquarie University

Dr Ming Li

Dr Ming Li is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Macquarie University (MQ), Australia (2018-present). She completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wollongong, Australia in 2013. Before joining MQ, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, USA (2013-2014); and at the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2014-2017). She has consistently been at the forefront of advanced biotechnologies in the field of microfluidics and photonics, especially for cell and molecular manipulation, detection and analysis.

Dr Noushin Nasiri

Dr Noushin Nasiri’s research lies at the intersection of science, technology and engineering as she is focusing on developing fingertip-sized sensors for health, energy and environmental applications. She is a passionate science communicator presenting her research at high-profile events such as TEDx Sydney Salon, TEDx Macquarie University, ABC Ockham’s Razor, the Sydney Spark Festival and the Scientists vs Journalists Forum. Her eloquence and passion for science communication have been recognized with several awards including first prize in 2017 AMP Amplify Ignite, runner-up in the 2016 Famelab Australia Grand Final and the People’s Choice Award for the ANU 3MT Grand Final.

Dr Ruth Oliver

Dr Ruth Oliver is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Macquarie University

Dr Fatemeh Salehi

A photo of Fatemeh

Dr Fatemeh Salehi is a lecturer at the School of Engineering. She received her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2015 and then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney before joining Macquarie University in 2018. Dr Salehi’s research aims to develop physical models for computational fluid dynamic simulations of turbulent flows that form the basis for improving efficiency and creating new clean energy technologies which are better for the environment. She is currently a Chief Investigator at $329 million Blue Economy Cooperative Research Center (CRC).

Dr Supriya Pillai

Dr. Supriya Pillai is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Engineering, Macquarie University and worked in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney for more than 10 years prior to that. She has a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and her passion for Renewable Energy Technologies brought her to UNSW, to undertake a PhD under the guidance of Prof. Martin Green. Her research area includes light harvesting and management in solar cells, plasmonics, light matter interactions in the nanoscale, nanophotonics and module cooling with recent efforts focused on developing a contactless diagnostic tool to screen new photovoltaic materials for possible commercial applications.

Associate Professor Sorn Vimonsatit

Associate Professor Sorn Vimonsatit obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Kasersart University, Thailand, her Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and PhD from University of New South Wales, Australia. Sorn has a broad range of experience in research and engineering practices in the construction industry. Sorn worked as a practicing structural engineer for over 10 years, then worked as an academic at Curtin University for 12 years before joining Macquarie University.

Sorn’s research areas are mechanical characterisation of materials, multiscale link models, materials development and structural applications, special structural design elements such as slab-to-wall connections, integral sustainability of civil engineering materials, silo dynamics and monitoring, and building information modelling.  She has published over 100 articles, received several grants and awards, including an ARC Discovery Project. Sorn serves as a Regional Representative for Australasia, for International Structural Engineering and Construction Society, USA, and a Director of Bridge Engineering Institute, USA.

Dr Shuying Wu

Dr Shuying Wu is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA fellow in the School of Engineering, Macquarie University. Her research interests encompass design and fabrication of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites, flexible and stretchable sensors and conductors, and carbon-based nanomaterials, etc. She received her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Deakin University. After that, she worked as a Research Associate for six months at Deakin University, a Research Fellow for three years at RMIT University. In 2017, she secured ARC DECRA fellowship and moved to UNSW. She joined Macquarie University as a Senior Lecturer in Oct 2018. She is also a recipient of Australia Endeavour Fellowships in 2017 and UNSW-Tsinghua Collaborative Research Fund Seed Grant in 2018.

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