Gathering Stories: Women in Mechanical Engineering: Energy and Environment

One of the most challenging and promising questions that has grown out of the wide-reaching upheavals of recent months amidst the painful realities of the Covid-19 pandemic is the question of what we, as individuals, communities, scholars, and societies would like to preserve and transform in the months and years to come, knowing that these events will have lasting impacts on so many dimensions of our lives that were previously taken for granted.

RIT faculty Margaret Bailey and Laura Shackelford are editing a unique and timely new book that is called, “Women in Mechanical Engineering: Energy and the Environment”.  The book will be one volume in the impressive Springer Publishing Women in Engineering Series” with Jill Tietjen, P.E. (SWE Fellow and Past-President) as editor-in-chief (read more about this series at Their vision for this edited collection is to gather new visions, transformational work, and address pressing challenges in the areas of energy and the environment in Mechanical Engineering. The book will highlight the contributions of diverse women engineers who are at the forefront of these changes and addressing them daily, while also navigating research and professional domains that are historically gendered. Individual chapters will highlight areas such as renewable energy, batteries and energy storage, indirect energy conversion, power generation and distribution, sustainability, engineering and public policy, acoustics, climate change, combustion and emissions, externality analysis, and thermodynamic education.

Exploring scholarly research, professional trajectories, disciplinary shifts, proven methods, personal insights and attitudes, or a combination of these, the book's chapters tell an important story about the field of Mechanical Engineering in the areas of energy and the environment, as seen from the perspective of remarkable contemporary women engineers (with degrees in ME and other engineering disciplines – civil, chemical, nuclear, electrical, environmental, material science, systems, etc.) and from within academe, industry, government, etc.