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Women in Engineering

See yourself as an engineer!

We know how important it is to have faculty role models to mentor and encourage you, as well as lively peer activities to help you grow professionally and personally.

At Santa Clara we have one of the largest percentage of women engineering faculty in the United States, so you'll find lots of shining examples of success in your professors.

Outside of the classroom, organizations such as Society of Women Engineers, ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery-Women), Women in STEM, and Engineers Without Borders offer inspiring speakers, informative workshops, and lots of opportunities for outreach, travel, networking, and social engagement.

You'll not only see yourself as an engineer, you'll become one!

Life Invented


Women in Engineering at Santa Clara University

Dr. Tonya Nilsson, Department of Civil Engineering
Cynthia Le, ‘17, Computer Science and Engineering

As we look with fresh eyes at how we nurture gender bias and the barriers women face in education and beyond, we are now able to consider new possibilities and solutions already in action. In this episode, we invite you to imagine what it’s like to learn in an environment with one of the highest percentages of female engineering faculty in the country. Listen in as we chat with Dr. Tonya Nilsson and 2017 graduate Cynthia Le, two women who are here to share their experience as Women in Engineering at Santa Clara University.


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          Santa Clara, CA 95053

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          Women in Engineering 17-18 Graphic: 967 Undergraduates, 29% female; 951 graduates, 38% female.

          Notable Women Engineering Alumni

          Jayshree Ullal '86image

          Jayshree Ullal '86

          President & CEO at Arista Networks, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2013

          Renee Niemi '86image

          Renee Niemi '86

          Head of Smart Home Business at Logitech

          Pam Rissmann '86image

          Pam Rissmann '86

          mBlox, Former Executive VP Operations

          Robin Beck '77image

          Robin Beck '77

          Project Engineer and Engineering Manager at Aerotherm Corporation, Lead Engineer at NASA AMES Research Center, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2016

          Sheryl Staub-French '93image

          Sheryl Staub-French '93

          Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2015

          Sylvee Proehl '15image

          Sylvee Proehl '15

          System Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin

          Allison Kopfimage

          Allison Kopf

          Co-founder and CEO at Agrilyst