Lady Irish at Work: What's Next in Tech

Author: Jennifer Pavlick

Meet some of the next generation of innovators — the women of Notre Dame engineering. These faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and alumnae are applying their dedication and drive to creating sustainable energy technologies, designing novel biomedical devices, developing novel cancer therapies, and more.

From fashion to finance, literature to law, and everything in between, society’s eyes are focusing on the exciting paths women are pioneering, especially in technology. Call it “girl power.” Label them “women warriors.” Whatever term you choose, the fact is that women like the faculty, students, and alumnae of the College of Engineering are applying their experience, expertise, and empathy toward solving many of the world’s most challenging issues.

An all-male school for 130 years, Notre Dame first admitted women in fall 1972. Since then it truly has been a whole new world. We’ve shared some of their stories and achievements here, but there are so many more.

The bottom line for all of these Notre Dame women, and others like them, is that they love what they do. They chose engineering because of its scope and the career options available, the ability to chart their own paths and make the world a better place in which to live.

And, they are making a difference. 

This article is originally posted on the College of Engineering’s website.  Click here to view the entire article.

The following women engineers are members of the ND Energy affiliated faculty. Please join us in congratulating them for their many outstanding contributions to energy research at Notre Dame.  

Brennecke, Joan

JOAN F. BRENNECKE  is a pioneer in ionic liquids and is using them to address specific energy problems across a variety of industries. Read More.


Ruilan Guo

RUILAN GUO is creating gas separation membranes that are capable of selecting gas molecules by their size, for cleaner, more effective processes in energy and environmental applications. Read More.



Ashley Thrall

ASHLEY THRAL Origami meets engineering: From bridges to housing, Ashley Thrall is developing portable modular structures that can be used for disaster relief, military applications, and more. Read More.



Originally published by Jennifer Pavlick at on May 09, 2016.