Royal recognition for Sheffield professor

Elena Rodriquez-Falcon.
Elena Rodriquez-Falcon.
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A Sheffield University professor has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to promoting female talent in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, professor of enterprise and engineering education, was highly commended in the Women into Science and Engineering champion category at this year’s Wise awards.

The awards recognise those who work to encourage and support women in science careers.

Prof Rodriguez-Falcon said: “Encouraging more women to study engineering is not only the right thing to do, but the responsible thing to do.

“I am truly honoured to receive this award, but the work is far from over.

“I will continue to champion women in engineering under the leadership of Dr Rachael Elder.

“Hopefully one day we will be able to evidence that our work has made a true difference.”

Trudy Norris-Grey, chairman of the Wise campaign which is now in its 30th year, added: “Most girls never think about being an engineer or a computer scientist because they have never met a woman who is one.

“The Wise awards change how people think about science and engineering by showcasing examples of girls and women who love what they do to inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.”