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7 engineers you need to follow on Twitter

2 Mar 2018

To round off Engineers Week, we’ve compiled a list of a few fantastic engineers you should be following on Twitter.

This week, we took a closer look at the different career paths available to engineers. There are so many different avenues available and many of them aren’t down the traditional routes of mechanical, chemical or structural.

More and more, we are seeing software engineers, data engineers, network engineers and many other options as the world of technology advances. For those looking to pursue a career in engineering, check out some of the top companies looking for you right now.

To finish off our coverage of Engineers Week, we thought we’d direct your attention to a few fantastic engineers to follow on Twitter.

Roma Agrawal (@RomaTheEngineer)

Roma Agrawal is a chartered structural engineer based in London. She has worked on several major engineering projects, including the Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, designing the foundations and the iconic spire.

Agrawal is also an active diversity campaigner, championing women in engineering. Her book, Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures, was published earlier this year.

Bobak Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud)

Bobak Ferdowsi, also known as NASA’s Mohawk Guy, is an American systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Ferdowsi served on the Cassini-Huygens and Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity missions, where he gained notoriety for his unusual and fantastic hairstyle.

Poornima Vijayashanker (@poornima)

Former Inspirefest speaker Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, a start-up that seeks to “guide future tech leaders toward fulfilling careers and personal freedom” through globally accessible courses, workshops and resources.

Vijayashanker has a degree with a double major in electrical engineering and computer science. She was also the founding engineer at Mint, where she helped build, launch and scale the product until it was acquired by Intuit.

Jeffrey Roe (@Jeffrey_Roe)

Jefferey Roe is an engineer, hackerspace member and maker of all sorts of contraptions, according to his Twitter bio.

He is a council member of Engineers Ireland and a STEPS outreach volunteer, promoting engineering as a career.

Roe is also the CEO of Tog, a hackerspace company in Dublin that gives members 24/7 access to work on projects or just hang out.

If that wasn’t enough, he’s also currently the general manager of communication and mobile payment service provider TelClic Ltd.

Ayah Bdeir (@ayahbdeir)

As the founder of LittleBits, Ayah Bdeir is one of the leaders in the maker movement and a proponent of the open internet of things (IoT). LittleBits makes technology kits that encourage children to create inventions.

Bdeir has degrees in computer engineering and sociology from the American University of Beirut. She is considered a leader in IoT and has spoken at conferences such as TED and SXSW about the maker movement, the importance of democratising technology and IoT.

Dr David McKeown (@dj_mckeown)

Dr David McKeown is a research engineer in the University College Dublin School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, where he lectures on kinematics.

McKeown is also a co-founder of Dublin Maker, Science Hack Day Dublin and Artek Circle.

McKeown is a very active science communicator and regularly speaks at Dublin’s Ignite talks and Electric Picnic music festival.

Abbie Hutty (@a_hutty)

Mechanical engineer Abbie Hutty has worked as the lead structures engineer on the ESA ExoMars rover vehicle. In 2016, she was elected as the youngest ever fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Hutty is now a lead spacecraft structures engineer at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage.

She is also a strong advocate for STEM education, and promotes careers in the space industry.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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