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15 Most Powerful Engineer Women In The Tech Industry

Did you know that when it comes to technical jobs, women are outnumbered to men by 3:1? However, don’t let it lead you into believing that they are not doing so well in the tech industry. We have compiled a list of 15 females who are doing considerably well and are at the top of their game right now. Check out the list below and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

15. LinkedIn, Erica Lockheimer

She is working as the Director of growth engineering at LinkedIn and has transformed the growth engineering team of the respective firm into a strong force within the company. The team works independently within the organization with the aim to come up with technologies that results in more people opting for LinkedIn. Apart from that, she is a board member for the Anita Borg Institute.

14. Facebook, Rachel Peterson

She enjoys the post of Director of data center strategy and development at Facebook and we all know how proud Facebook is of building these ‘green’ data centers. Well, say hello to the person who is in charge for the location and energy strategy for these data centers. Oh and in case you’re wondering, the data centers employ 2 million sq. ft. in order to cater for the 1.2 billion monthly users on Facebook.

13. Kabam, Holly Liu

Say hello to the Co-founder and chief of staff, Kabam that is responsible for coming up with free games such as ‘Kabam’s Kingdoms of Camelot’ that has grossed more than $250 million in about 4 years. She is in charge of the HR team for above 800 employees worldwide.

12. Yahoo, Yoelle Maarek

She is working as the VP of Research at Yahoo and also as head for the research teams in India and Israel. She also works on the academia research projects and has a number of papers to her name simultaneously tackling the engineering and product teams in order to solve scientific challenges.

11. Google, Avni Shah

This person is Director, product management at Google and is one of the two females who gave presentation at the Google’s recent Developer’s conference I/O. She is an MIT graduate and is working with Google since 2003.

10. Google Nest, Yoky Matsuoka

She is the person who tackles the user interface and the aspects that pertain to self learning for Nest’s thermostat and is Vice president of technology at Nest. Nest is in fact one of the most watched tech companies of the Valley that was co-founded by ex-Apple exec. Tony Fadell and later bought by Google for $3.2 billion. Apart from this, she is also known for her previous work with robotics and neuroscience where she was involved in development of realistic prosthetics.

9. Pinterest, Nadine Harik

Say hello to this web Engineering manager at Pinterest who says that the usual reaction of people to knowing that a female works in a tech company is that she must be doing a non-technical job and that is why when she says; ‘now, I tend to always preface with, ‘I work at Pinterest and I’m an engineer at Pinterest.’ Before Pinterest, she was working with Google on AdWords, ads for YouTube and Google Apps.

8. Intel, Mauri Whalen

Vice president of the software and services group at Intel is also a female and she works from the Open Source Technology Center as a software engineering director for a team that she founded. She has been awarded the Intel Achievement Award twice for her contributions towards the company in the last 18 years.

7. Facebook, Delfina Eberly

Facebook has huge data strings to take care of and someone must be in charge; meet Vice president of infrastructure data center operations, Facebook. She runs the operations teams that are responsible for powering up Facebook computer systems so that they can handle the huge load that is coming in.

6. Yahoo, Merline Saintil

She is the Head of global engineering operations at Yahoo. Yahoo is busy in shifting paradigm and adapting to mobile and this female right here is running the global engineering for Yahoo’s Mobile & Emerging Products team.

5. WiTricity, Katie Hall

This female is the CTO at WiTricity, a startup that aims at providing wireless electricity. She has stated that the company isn’t putting the electricity in the air, rather it is making use of magnetic fields to transfer the energy and is currently being used mostly for charging devices. She is the owner of 11 US patents.

4. IBM, Tal Rabin

This person sure is rocking the stage while enjoying the post of Manager and a research staff member of the cryptography research group at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. She kicked off when she was able to solve a math problem during her studies that was considered to be impossible to solve. Right now she is leading a team at IBM that is working to come up with new ways to secure computer data.

3. Arista Networks, Jayshree Ullal

Say hello to the CEO, Arista Networks that is competing with Cisco by making use of superfast network equipment for data centers. She has led Arista into a fabulous IPO and has made herself and the company successful.

2. Intel, Carolyn Duran

This female is working as that Conflict minerals program manager and supply chain director at Intel. She is basically combating slavery in some of the most violent places. She has helped Intel into making chips that are composed of 100% conflict-free minerals. Apart from that, she also heads a team that is responsible for ensuring that the minerals meet the chemical laws.

1. SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell

We have been seeing Elon Musk as the front guy but do you know that President of Space Explorations Technology Corporation (SpaceX) is a female? She is responsible for taking care of daily basis operations and has helped in the manufacturing of Falcon family of rockets. She also enjoys a spot on the SpaceX’s board of directors.

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