The true pioneers of engineering are trailblazers, improving people’s lives, shaping the future, and making a difference. In this new series of films, our engineering heroes share how they overcame adversity to reach the top of their fields.
Arriving in the UK as a child refugee, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE FREng was determined to lead a ‘life worth saving’. She turned an IT company founded on her living room table into a multi-billion-pound company, and today continues to share her expertise to transform the lives of others.
Growing up in poverty, Ursula Burns FREng joined Xerox as an engineering intern in 1980, and worked her way up to becoming CEO in 2009. The First African American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, she remains an active campaigner for diversity in boardrooms today.
Dropping out of school at aged 16, fleeing a violent marital homelife and becoming a single mother, Professor Sue Black OBE defied the odds to rise to the highest ranks in academia. Then subsequently founding multiple industry-leading initiatives to help women get into technology roles.
These films are the first in a new This is Engineering series entitled ‘Engineering Heroes’, which has been made possible by a partnership between the Royal Academy of Engineering, Amazon and BecomingX.