Women in Engineering

Find out how the Faculty of Engineering supports women students, and read the stories of women who have studied Computer Science and Engineering.

The Wellington Faculty of Engineering is committed to supporting the development of future female scientists, technologists, and engineers. A more diverse workforce in these areas will help New Zealand's social and economic prosperity, as well as benefiting individual women.

We support the student group, VUW Women In Tech, which was founded at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in 2018. We encourage our senior undergraduate and postgraduate female students to act as mentors and tutors for first- and second-year students, to ensure they flourish at university.

Through our outreach programme, we visit girls' colleges around the Wellington region to encourage young women to study Engineering and Computer Science.

Lecturers and researchers

Lecturer - Artificial Intelligence
School of Engineering and Computer Science

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Associate Professor of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Associate Professor
School of Engineering and Computer Science

Senior Lecturer
School of Design Innovation

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Robinson Research Institute

Principal Engineer
Robinson Research Institute

Deputy Head of School, Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Computational Media Innovation Centre

The Wh‘Y’ Factor

We asked female academics in the School of Engineering and Computer Science about their experiences—both the challenges and rewards—of working in a traditionally male domain.

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Student and former students

Divya Patel at her desk at Xero.

Divya Patel

With an interest in technology, problem solving and creativity, Divya knew software engineering was perfect for her—now she’s a graduate data scientist at Xero.

Steph Dean at Westpac.

Steph Dean

As an information security analyst for Westpac, Steph Dean is using what she learnt during her degree to keep customers' information safe and secure.

Lily Holder-McFlinn sits at a table in the hub with a pen in hand.

Lily Holder-McFlinn

Lily Holder-McFlinn (Rongowhakaata) came to Victoria University of Wellington in 2018, and is doing a conjoint degree in Law and Computer Science.

Portrait of Monash University professor Rashida Hoda in front of a blurred background.

Rashina Hoda

Recently named as one of Science & Technology Australia’s #SuperstarsofSTEM, alumna Rashina Hoda is an Associate Professor at Monash University.

Amber Joseph

Amber Joseph

An undergraduate paper led Engineering student Amber Joseph to build her own app during her Honours project—and then to an exciting graduate role at Salesforce.

two women, one with black hair and dark rimmed glasses, one with blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses

Lana Cleverley

Software Engineering student Lana Cleverley enjoyed support from the Āwhina programme, and being mentored by former IBM NZ CEO Jennifer Moxon.

PhD student Qurrat UI Ain with Wellington in the background.

Qurrat Ul Ain

“Inside each of us, cancer cells are growing,” says PhD student Qurrat Ul Ain, who is developing a computer-aided diagnostic system for skin cancer.

Smiling woman stands in front of screen of code.

Aleisha Amohia

New alumna Aleisha Amohia tells us how she conquered a conjoint degree, a job as a developer, and being president of the University's Women in Tech group.