Prof Lisa Looney from DCU discusses how we can transform the way we teach students about engineering at Inspirefest 2017.

Prof Lisa Looney, executive dean at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Dublin City University (DCU), has been a “woman in tech” for 30 years. She has been studying, working in and teaching engineering for a very long time, and she thinks it’s time for a change – particularly to the number of women in her field.

The problem with change, however, is it means trying and failing to get things right. And, if things are ticking along well enough to begin with, why rock the boat?

Fixing the engineering gender gap won’t happen without a change of course, however. And Looney has connected the dots between the known challenges, the new technology coming to bear and our overall approach to engineering education.

Words by Elaine Burke