The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the country's premier engineering institutes and globally recognized as centers of academic excellence in the fields of science and technology.
IITs are reputed for producing graduates of outstanding caliber. Though women are underrepresented in engineering/technology, there are some female IITians who are inspiring others with their work.
Here are some famous female IITians to know about.
Anjali Joshi is a highly accomplished tech executive who has held several key roles at top global companies, including AT&T Bell Laboratories and Google.
She pursued BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur in 1981.
She worked at Google for over 12 years and was responsible for many important products like search, maps, translation, localization software, network and computing infrastructure, and translation products, etc.
Sarita Adve is a renowned IITian who pursued BTech (Electrical Engineering) from IIT-Bombay in 1987.
She's a Professor of Computer Science at the US's University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and principal investigator of Universal Parallel Computing Research Center at the university.
Adve is known for contributing to fields of memory consistency models for multiprocessors, memory system performance, hardware reliability, and power management among others.
Padmasree Warrior, another well-known name in the tech world, pursued Chemical Engineering from IIT-Delhi in 1982.
She's held senior executive positions at top companies like Motorola, Cisco, and Chinese automobile manufacturer NIO.
Forbes called her a "rising star" on its "Most Powerful Women" list and also lauded her as "Queen of the Electric Car Biz" for her work on autonomous electric vehicles at NIO.
Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally renowned materials engineer, professor, and inventor transforming the sustainable materials and technology world.
The professor at Sydney's University of New South Wales (UNSW) pursued metallurgical engineering at IIT-Kanpur in 1986.
One of her most popular inventions is "green steel", a process that uses recycled plastics and rubber tires in steelmaking. Last year, she launched the world's first e-waste micro-factory.
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