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Business Insider Honors the 43 Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2017

We salute our friends at Business Insider for celebrating the 43 most powerful female engineers in U.S. tech, just in time for National Engineers Week (February 19-25).  


While we can all agree that attracting and retaining female top tech-talent is challenging, to say the least, praising our community trailblazers takes on even greater importance in helping to change the tide, and ultimately, history, for future generations of female engineers.

So, hats off to Business Insider for their commendation of these amazing women; take a peek below at this year’s honorees and get ready to feel ALL the feels.

43. Selina Tobaccowala, Founder, Gixo

42. Kamilah Taylor, Senior Software Engineer, LinkedIn

41. Casey Edgeton, Senior Product Designer, Forward

40. Julia Collignon, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy Development, Tesla

39. Raylene Yung, Engineering Lead, Stripe

38. Stephanie Butler, Technology Innovation Architect, Texas Instruments

37. Natalia Burina, Director of Product Management, Community Cloud, Salesforce

36. Surabhi Gupta, Engineering Manager, Airbnb

35. April Underwood, VP of Product, Slack

34. Cheryl Porro, SVP, Technology and Products, Salesforce.org

33. Alyssa Henry, Head of Engineering, Square

32. Anne Aaron, Director of Video Algorithms, Netflix

31. Lili Cheng, Engineer, AI & Research, Microsoft

30. Joyce Tung, VP of Research, 23andMe

29. Bear Douglas, Developer Advocacy Lead, Slack

28. Raji Arasu, SVP of Platform and Services, Intuit

27. Deb Liu, VP of Platform and Marketplace, Facebook

26. Melody Meckfessel, Senior Engineering Director, Cloud Platform, Google

25. Kate Bergeron, VP, Hardware Engineering, Apple

24. Myra Haggerty, VP, Sensor Software and UX Prototyping, Apple

23. Aparna Ramani, Director of Engineering, Realtime Data, Facebook

22. Sophia Velastegui, Head of Product Architecture Roadmap, Nest

21. Jill Wetzler, Director of Engineering, Lyft

20. Komal Mangtani, Head of Business Intelligence, Uber

19. Clara Liang, Director of Product, Airbnb

18. Joy Dunn, New Product Innovation Lead, SpaceX

17. Tamar Bercovici, Director of Engineering, Box

16. Marianna Tessel, SVP of Engineering, Docker

15. Isabel Mahe, VP, Wireless Technologies, Apple

14. Susie Armstrong, SVP, Engineering, Qualcomm

13. Sarah Clatterbuck, Director of Engineering, Application Infrastructure, LinkedIn

12. Anjali Joshi, VP of Product Management, Google

11. Nandini Ramani, VP of Engineering, Twitter

10. Jana Messerschmidt, VP of Global Business Development & Platform, Twitter

9. Jocelyn Goldfein, General Partner, Zetta Ventures

8. Rosa Ramos-Kwok, Managing Director, Shared Services Operations Technology, Bank of America

7. Yanbing Li, SVP and General Manager, Storage and Availability, VMware

6. Regina Dugan, VP of Engineering, Building 8, Facebook

5. Priya Balasubramaniam, VP of iPhone Operations, Apple

4. Reates Curry, Technical Expert, Research & Innovation, Ford

3. Barbara Rusinko, VP of Nuclear, Security & Environmental, Bechtel

2. Jill Hruby, Director, Sandia National Laboratories

1. Peggy Johnson, EVP, Business Development, Microsoft

 

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