Dr Priyanka Dhopade, Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Osney Thermo-Fluid Laboratory, is breaking down barriers in more ways than one.
Dr Dhopade works in partnership with Rolls-Royce, and her work focuses on the aerodynamics of jet engines (specifically controlling the temperature inside the engine). She is in the top 72 candidates for space travel.
Many female scientists now have inspiring stories to tell, but all the science disciplines still need to make progress on gender equality. With the lowest percentage of female professionals of all the STEM areas (9% in UK universities), engineering is one of the most scrutinised specialisms.
The University can only benefit from diversity in all forms – ethnicity, class, gender, disability and sexual orientation. Given the current political climate, I think it’s important for educational institutions, especially those as prestigious as Oxford, to set an example of an open, diverse and inclusive community.
Her interview with Oxfords ‘Science Blog’ can be read below and covers her work, issues around equality in Engineering, her experience at Oxford and how you can unwind from Engineering.