Women Engineers You Should Know: Ellie Cosgrave

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This article is part of SWE Magazine’s Spring 2018 Issue.

Women Engineers You Should Know: Ellie Cosgrave
Ellie Cosgrave, Ph.D.

An innovative and creative thinker, Ellie Cosgrave, Ph.D., is deputy director of the University College London’s City Leadership Laboratory, a UCL lecturer in urban innovation and policy, and a lecturer in the university’s department of science, technology, engineering, and public policy. A civil engineer, Dr. Cosgrave focuses on understanding how cities across the world are dealing with the challenges of climate change, urbanization, technical advancements, and inequality. The lab’s goal is to develop applied research and training to support city leaders in making decisions that will positively shape the futures of cities and their inhabitants.

Dr. Cosgrave joined the university as a postdoctoral researcher on the Liveable Cities research program, a five-year effort to develop realistic
and radical solutions for achieving low-carbon, resource-secure U.K. cities in ways that also maximize personal well-being.

She also takes great pride in her role as a co-founder and director of Science Grrl, an orga- nization that supports girls and women in science and engineering careers. Founded five years ago in response to a misguided and poorly developed effort on the part of the European Commission to encourage girls to study STEM subjects, Science Grrl has nearly 20 chapters across the U.K. and has published a report, “Through Both Eyes,” which outlines the hurdles young women face in entering science and engineering. The organization also offers training programs to companies, outlining actions they can take to better support the women in their organizations.

Who Are the Women Engineers We Should Know?

women engineersQuite often, those who are behind the scenes and out of the limelight make real change in the workplace and in our communities. It is our intention to recognize such women and make their efforts better known in our SWE Magazine series “Women Engineers You Should Know.”

Casting a wide net, SWE Magazine staff and editorial board members seek contemporary women whose lives have embodied the Society’s mission to: “Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force for improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.”

Through a variety of means, including fielding suggestions and conducting archival research, we will examine the stories of many women who have made a difference in these critical areas. Determining a final list is a daunting challenge, and our selections are in no way meant to be definitive. While some names you may recognize, many are not recognizable to most people. From a variety of perspectives, in different environments and moments in time, these women represent “ordinary” when doing “extraordinary” things. In saluting them, we are saluting all the women, known and unknown, past and present, who have advanced our mission.

Nominate women engineers to know for our next article. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 28, 2018. Submit nominations here.

With each submission, please include the following.

  • Nominee info: name, why her, links supporting your nomination, areas of expertise, where is she located
  • Nominator info: name, email, how you know the nominee

Thanks for your help, and look for the Spring 2019 issue of SWE Magazine.