As much as the contributions of male civil engineers are concerned, female civil engineers have made great contributions too. Some of the famous female civil engineers have helped develop the society around us and abolished gender prejudice.
Here are some of the famous female civil engineers.
1. Nora Stanton Barney
Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was an English-born American architect and civil engineer, she was the granddaughter of American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Nora immediately got accepted as a junior member of the American Society of Civil Engineers after she graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1905.
As Nora was the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, she was denied the advancement to an associate member. However, she was posthumously advanced to ASCE Fellow status in 2015.
2. Sarah Guppy
Sarah Guppy was an English inventor who helped design Britain’s infrastructure; she contributed to the design of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. She is also famous for several of her inventions, including a method of making safe piling for bridges – her first invention which she filed a patent for.
Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford appealed for permission to use her patented design of suspension bridge foundation which she granted for free.
3. Elsie Eaves
Elsie Eaves was an American Civil Engineer and the first female associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1920, Elsie Eaves earned her civil engineering degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Some of her notable achievements include the Award of Merit from the American Association of Cost Engineers, Honorary Life Membership Award from the American Association of Cost Engineers, etc.
4. Mary Fergusson
Mary Isolen Fergusson was a British Civil Engineer who was the first female fellow at the Institution of Civil Engineers. She earned her degree in Civil Engineering in 1936 from the University of Edinburgh.
Mary Fergusson made contributions to a number of engineering works, such as the well-known River Leven Purification Scheme in 1952. After retiring from full-time engineering work, Fergusson became a consultant and helped engineering students financially through a fund. She also encouraged women to pursue engineering career for which she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Heriot-Watt University.
5. Magdalena Matte
Magdalena Matte Lecaros is a Chilean Civil Engineer and politician. She majored in Civil Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Magdalena was part of Chile’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development from 2010 to 2011.
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