UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Professor Rebecca Shipley named one of 2021’s top 50 women in engineering

24 June 2021

Congratulations to Professor Rebecca Shipley on her achievements this last year!

Becky Shipley and Tim Baker at MechSpace

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) revealed its 2021 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Engineering Heroes this week. The awards recognise the substantial contributions of women engineers across the field this past year.

Professor Rebecca Shipley, Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, was among those honoured.

Rebecca was recognised for her efforts co-leading the UCL-Ventura CPAP project – a non-invasive breathing aid for coronavirus patients.

The devices are now helping patients in more than 15 countries including India, South Africa and Mexico. The UCL-Ventura team has also worked with the charity IMET2000 to supply breathing aids to countries such as Palestine and Uganda that were unable to manufacture them locally. 

WES’ CEO Elizabeth Donnelly said, “Engineers have provided PPE which has enabled medical professionals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic to do their jobs safely and have built lifesaving ventilation equipment used to treat critically ill patients.

The impact of engineering is as diverse as the people it benefits, which is why inclusivity is so important. The women represented in this year’s WE50 are a testament to the fact that the more diverse the minds and voices of engineers are, the greater their influence will be.”