Why are there so few female engineers? Oriel DPhil candidate in Engineering Science Gladys Ngetich talked to BBC Science about what inspired her interest in Aerospace Engineering.
Fewer than one in ten engineers in the UK is female, which is the lowest percentage of any country in Europe. Gladys and her colleague Priyanka Dhopade talked to Helen Briggs at BBC Science about what drew them into this male-dominated field of study.
Gladys was born and grew up in Kenya, and completed her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology before coming to Oxford (and Oriel) on a Rhodes Scholarship to study for her DPhil. Gladys's focus is on aerospace engineering, and she is currently a member of the Thermofluids and Turbomachinery group at Osney Laboratory, researching on novel and advanced cooling technologies for jet engines. Gladys recently filed her first patent, and has said that her interest in engineering was first inspired by her father, who is also an engineer, and the desire "to work and to come up with something which is significant, that is going to have uses in the world in terms of making intercontinental travel safe and efficient so we use less fuel, we have less emissions, and just generally helping people all over the world".