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10 Successful Women Engineers of India

Successful Women Engineers
  • Maniprabha
  • 15 Sep, 2021

According to the Society of Women Engineers, the percentage of women among the engineering qualifying graduates is 20%. Only 11% of the women continue in the Engineering field. 

Two of the biggest challenges Women Engineers face in their careers are:

  • Workplace Bias
  • Shortage of Mentors

Around 40% of women leave the field after the age of 30!

 Anika Gupta's MIT Computer Science Story

As a new generation of promising Women graduate in Engineering and STEM and get ready to face the workplace (see Anika Gupta's story above), there are women engineers who have overcome obstacles and have become successful.

Here are 10 successful women engineers in India that we want to highlight: 

1. Ruchi Sangvi

  • Career Profile- Founder of South Park Commons, She has contributed to different world-famous organizations, such as Dropbox, Facebook and more. Her career started with Oracle and continuously moving ahead on the ladder of success.
  • Educational Qualification- Ruchi Sangvi has earned a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Major Success- She is the first Indian woman hired by Facebook.

2. Priya Balasubramaniam- VP at Apple

  • Career Profile- Recently working as the vice president of Apple’s iPhone operations, she is responsible for the manufacturing of Apple’s iPhones. She has started her career as an Engineer at ABB and never turned back.
  • Education- Priya Balasubramaniam has attained a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University.
  • Major Success- She is now representing our country in the most renowned organization in the world. She believes in leading life on own terms.

3. Raji Arasu (Ms. Venmal Arasu)- Sr. Vice President at Intuit

  • Current Profile- With 3 decades of experience, Raji Arasu is recently working as the Sr. Vice President at Intuit. She has also worked as a Vice President of Engineering at Marketplaces at eBay.
  • Education- She has obtained a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University. She started her career with Oracle.
  • Major Success- eBay entitled her as a "role model for women". She is a real inspiration for young women who want to make a career in technology. In a mere 12 years, she has reached to the member of boards. She believes that her alignment with technology is the reason for her success.

4. Anjul Bhambhri- Vice President, Platform Engineering, Adobe

  • Career Profile- With 25+ years of experience, Anjul Bhambhri is now working as the vice president in platform engineering at Adobe. She has also contributed her skills at IBM while working as VP engineering on Big Data and Platform Engineering.
  • Education Qualification- She has obtained a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.
  • Major Success- She is featured in various online and print publications such as Forbes, Information Week, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Silicon Angle, and more.

5. Nandini Ramani, Chief Operation Officer at Outcome Health

  • Career Profile- With 27+ years of experience, Nandini Ramani is now working as the Chief Operating Officer at Outcome Health. She has started her career with Satellite Imaging Group in 1993. She has worked with most popular organizations such as Twitter, Oracle Corporation, Makers Women and more.
  • Education Qualification- She has obtained a master’s in electrical engineering from IISc, Bangalore

Her career journey was challenging but she has worked hard to list herself in the most successful women. As per her vision, the world has plenty of options for technical women but only 08 percent of women become successful. She has faced many ups and downs in her life but finally achieved her goal.

6. Aanchal Gupta, Director of Security at Facebook

  • Career Profile- Working as the Director of Security at Facebook, she is leading multiple teams in charge of protecting Facebook from hackers. She also actively participating in safeguarding the company's corporate infrastructure. She has more than two decades of security experience. She has also worked as Chief Information Security Officer at Microsoft for Skype.
  • Educational Qualification- She has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and Technology from NIT Kurushetra in 1988 and a Master’s degree from San José State University.

She actively contributes to encouraging the young women of her team to "attend conferences, just go, participate and share their stories. You can encourage more women."

7. Kirthiga Reddy, Managing Global Client Partner at Facebook

  • Career Profile- With more than 3 decades of experience, Kirthiga Reddy is now working as the Managing Global Client Partner at Facebook. She has gained this position in 2016. She is working with Facebook’s most strategic global advertisers to expand their business in Mexico, India, Brazil, Indonesia, the Middle East, and South Africa.
  • Educational Qualification- She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from MGM'S College of Engineering and completed an M.S. in computer engineering from Syracuse University and Master's in Business Administration from Stanford University.
  • Major Success- In 2011, she has been listed in the Fortune India's Top 50 Most Powerful Women and has reserved a place among India's 25 most influential women.

8. Prachi Gupta, Director of Engineering at LinkedIn

  • Career Profile- With almost 16 years of experience, Prachi Gupta is currently contributing her skills to LinkedIn while working as Director of Engineering. She has completed almost 08 years in the organization, starting from May 2010.  She has worked with Garmin International, Women’s Audio Mission, Intellicus Technologies and more.
  • Educational Qualification- She has attained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Applications from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya.
  • Major Success- She is an entrepreneurial engineer at heart and has co-founded [in]cubator program of LinkedIn.

9. Padmasree Warrior– CEO of NIO

  • Career Profile- With more than 3 decades of experience, Padmashree Warrior is currently working as the CEO for NIO U.S and Chief Development Officer for NextEV Inc. She has gained this position in December 2015. She has also worked with Microsoft, Spotify, Gap Inc., CISCO and more.
  • Educational Qualification- She has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi and completed an M.S. in Chemical engineering from Cornell University.
  • Major Success- In 2011, she has been listed in the Fortune India's Top 50 Most Powerful Women and has reserved a place among India's 25 most influential women.

10. Komal Mangtani, Senior Director at Uber

  • Career Profile- With around 16 years of experience, Komal Mangtani is currently working as the Senior Director at Uber. She has joined the organization in July 2015. She has also contributed her skills to Oracle, VMWare, Box, Women who code and more.
  • Educational Qualification- She has completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Dharamsinh Desai Institute of Technology and completed an Executive MBA from UC Berkeley.
  • Major Success- She has a patent of High Availability Architecture for a Cloud-Based Concurrent- Access Collaboration Platform.

Women engineering aspirants should take inspiration from these successful women as they carve out a career in Engineering or broadly in STEM. 

Here are 3 inspiring personal stories to inspire you, as you make your college plans in STEM:

Good Luck!

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