Top 50 Women in Engineering on Twitter

The United Kingdom has Europe's lowest proportion of women in engineering. Prospect, with other organisations, is sponsoring WE50, the Top 50 Women in Engineering campaign.

Coordinated by the Daily Telegraph, the campaign aims to inspire a new generation of women engineers. The top 50 women in engineering will be revealed on National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) 2016.

Women in Engineering Day 2016

Who are the most influential women in engineering on Twitter?

To tie in with National Women in Engineering Day and the WE50 announcement, we've looked at the top 50 women in engineering on Twitter. Twitter is a powerful proxy for social influence. We've considered women who are active on Twitter and who are working in - and promoting - engineering in the UK.

How can we measure influence?

As with our Top 60 UK #WomenInSTEM influencers, we've measured Twitter influence using an established online analytics tool, Followerwonk. We ranked Twitter users using a Social Authority score from 1 to 100, based on the proportion of retweets from a user's few hundred most recent tweets.

Our Top Ten

Dr Sue Black

#1 Dr Sue Black OBE


Claiming the top spot with the highest social authority, most followers and most tweets is Dr Sue Black, OBE, author, tech tweeter, and founder of BCSWomen.

OOna Windytan

#2 Oona Räisänen


In second place is Oona Räisänen. Programmer, signals hacker, blogger, and one of only 3 women in our Top 50 with over 10,000 followers on Twitter.

Vinta M

#3 Vinita Marwaha Madill


At #3 is STEM advocate Vinita Marwaha Madill, Space Station Operations Engineer and founder of Rocket Women, encouraging women in space and technology.

Kate Bellingham

#4 Kate Bellingham


Our fourth most influential woman in engineering on Twitter is Kate Bellingham, BBC TV presenter, President of Young Engineers, and patron of WISE.

Leonie Watson

#5 Leonie Watson


Completing the top half of our top ten is Leonie Watson, blogger, writer, accessibility engineer, and accessibility consultant for the UK Government.

Dr Heather Williams

#6 Dr Heather Williams


In joint sixth place is Dr Heather Williams, Director at Science Grrl, STEM Ambassador, and Senior Medical Physicist at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Dr Lucy Rogers

#6 Dr Lucy Rogers


Also in joint sixth is our second most prolific tweeter, Dr Lucy Rogers. Writer, blogger, maker, engineering consultant, and space and science tweeter.

Rachel berry

#8 Rachel Berry


Rachel Berry is eighth. Blogger, software engineer, and CAD, cloud and virtualization expert.

Fiona Gleed

#9 Fiona Gleed


In ninth place, Chartered Structural Engineer and PhD Researcher Fiona Gleed has the second most tweets in our table.

Jaz Rabadia

#10 Jaz Rabadia MBE


Completing our Top 10 is Jaz Rabadia, MBE, STEM Ambassador and Energy Institute Board Member.

The Top 50

Here's our full Careersmart league table of women in engineering Twitter influencers.

Rank Social
Name Twitter
Followers Tweets Quick Biography
1 69.0 Dr Sue Black OBE @Dr_Black 19,036 107,437 Software Engineer, founder of BCSWomen, TV mentor on Girls Can Code
2 66.9 Oona Windytan @windyoona 10,389 3,982 Signals hacker, programmer, blogger
3 63.0 Vinita Marwaha Madill @Rocket_Woman1 3,072 4,396 Founder of Rocket Women, Space Station Ops Engineer
4 61.6 Kate Bellingham @KateBellingham 2,380 3,048 TV presenter, patron of WISE, Public Promotion of Engineering Award
5 58.1 Leonie Watson @LeonieWatson 4,937 8,659 Accessibility Engineer, W3C Web Platform WG co-chair
6 58.0 Dr Heather Williams @alrightPET 5,485 20,546 Director at Science Grrl, Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine
6 58.0 Dr Lucy Rogers @DrLucyRogers 11,562 59,838 Engineering consultant, WES role model, BBC Robot Wars judge
8 56.9 Rachel Berry @rhbBSE 2,809 17,079 Software Engineer, Data Centre Solution Architect at NVIDIA, blogger
9 55.3 Fiona Gleed @FiDaisyG 1,269 46,293 Chartered Structural Engineer, studying PhD at Bath University
10 54.7 Jaz Rabadia MBE @JazRabadia 1,368 5,102 Chartered Energy Manager, Energy Institute Board Member, STEM Ambassador
11 53.6 Reema Harfoushi @ReemaHarfoushi 7,992 9,536 Safety Engineer in the oil and gas industry
12 53.0 Jenny Griffiths @JennySnapTech 2,052 6,514 Software Engineer, founder and CEO of Snap Fashion
13 52.8 Roma Agrawal @RomaTheEngineer 5,633 4,061 Chartered Engineer, Structural Engineer on The Shard
14 52.0 Abbie Hutty @a_hutty 1,465 3,121  Spacecraft Structures Engineer, 2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year
15 50.6 Elena Rodriguez-Falcon @ElenaRF 1,876 13,329 Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education at Sheffield University
16 50.0 Wendy Hall @DameWendyDBE 5,036 4,119 Professor of Computer Science, past president BCS and ACM
17 49.7 Dr Amy Sarah Gandy @amy_flanagandy 815 5,925 Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering at Sheffield University
18 49.4 Alison Watson @ClassofYourOwn 3,442 12,687 Creator of Design Engineer Construct!, MD of Class Of Your Own
19 49.1 Jenny Cooke @treadlightly08 1,411 6,301 Civil Engineer, ICE Council Member
20 48.7 Rabeb Othmani @Rabeb_Othmani 3,060 21,824 Software Engineer, STEM Ambassador
21 47.3 Carol Long @fixing_projects 945 5,881 Chartered Engineer, Women's Engineering Society Council Member
22 46.3 Melissa C. Lott @mclott 2,724 12,115 Energy Systems Engineer, writer at Scientific American
23 44.8 Jude Robinson @GWRFasteners 5,169 9,848 Director at multi-award winning manufacturers GWR Fasteners
24 44.7 Ellie Cosgrave @elliecosgrave 1,929 1,898 Director at Science Grrl, Research Associate at UCL STEaPP
25 44.0 Dawn Fitt @fittdr 1,440 6,291 Past president of Women's Engineering Society
26 43.4 Fabiola Stein @fabiola_stein 1,215 2,128 Global Director of Product Management at Sage
27 43.2 Anne Nortcliffe @anortcliffe 597 4,509 Industrial Collaborative Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University
28 43.0 Michelle Oyen @michelleoyen 1,474 6,430 Oyen Lab  at Cambridge University Engineering Department
29 42.5 Gabriela D'Ávila @gabidavila 922 3,443 Software Developer and Data Engineer
30 42.2 Marta Palau @martpalau 185 1,137 Electronics Engineer, euRathlon robotics project manager
31 41.9 Laura James @LaurieJ 1,641 7,598 Co-founder of Field Ready, 3D printing humanitarian supplies
32 41.7 Penny Lancaster @GeoPennyL 119 3,012 Geochemist at Portsmouth University, STEMNET ambassador
33 41.5 Anthi Valavani @Anthi_Valavani 605 1,944 Architectural Engineer and Sustainability Consultant at ECDA
33 41.5 Joy Furnival @joyfurnival 1,444 6,417 Chartered Engineer, Healthcare Engineer, PhD Researcher
35 41.3 Christine Townley @Christine_CYT 1,740 10,829 Director at Construction Youth Trust
36 41.1 Elaine Hickmott @ElaineHickmott 701 4,751 Leadership development services for scientists and engineers
37 41.0 Claire Gott MBE @ClaireLGott 1,066 1,472 Chartered Civil Engineer, ICE Council Member
38 40.7 Nahla Nasser @NahlaNasser89 404 2,032 Tech Engineer at Capgemini
39 40.3 Lucy Ackland @LucyAckland 458 932 Manufacturing Engineer, STEM Ambassador, WES Prize 2014
40 40.0 Philippa Jefferis @PJJefferis 604 3,984 Civil Engineer at Amey, past ICE President’s Apprentice, STEM Ambassador
40 40.0 Ruth Amos @RuthAmos 1,888 12,151 StairSteady inventor, Young Engineer for Britain 2006
42 39.3 Monica Messaggi Kaya @monicams 545 4,068 Web Software Engineer at Elsevier
43 38.5 Dr Helen Meese @HMeese_IMechE 1,012 2,446 Head of Healthcare at IMechE
44 38.0 Philippa Oldham @Philippa_IMechE 1,780 2,365 Chartered Engineer, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at IMechE
45 36.6 Dr Helen Reeves @BGS_Helen 731 2,165 Director of Science Engineering Geology at BGS
46 36.3 Najwa Jawahar @Najwa_Jawahar 666 1,027 Structural Design Engineer at WSP
47 36.0 Natasha Watson @Natasha_EngD 428 1,216 Structural Engineer at BuroHappold Engineering
48 35.6 Liz Meddings @lzmddngs 472 1,295 Mechanical Engineer at Arup
49 35.3 Susan Scurlock @susan_scurlock 346 904 Founder and CEO of Primary Engineer
50 34.8 Christina King @ChristinaEKing 758 1,641 Sports engineering at Sheffield Hallam University


Are there other women engineers who should have made our Twitter top 50? Let us know!