Girls in aeronautical engineering in India

I am an Indian girl. Is there any scope for girls in aeronautical engineering? Can we do a specialization in aeronautical engg from any other branch like electronics, mechanical, electrical or computer? Please help me. I really want to do aero engg but my parents are against it.

posted by kavitha, madurai on December 25, 2012

Answer by Dr Seetha Raghavan

Dear Kavitha, 

I am glad you’re interested in Engineering and in Aerospace Engineering – I think it’s an amazing field and most of us who are part of it have so much passion for the science and technology of flight. From Sally Ride, the first US woman to fly to space to Marta Bohn-Meyer, a chief engineer in NASA and the first woman crewmember to fly in the SR-71, there are so many excellent women aerospace engineers who have inspired us all. It has only been a little more than a 100 years since we achieved flight and we have come so far, imagine where we will be in the next 100 years and we need people who are excited about the field to bring us forward to meet the engineering challenges.

The best part about Aerospace Engineering is that it involves the expertise of many different kinds of engineers like Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial and more. I myself did my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering while taking senior level Aerospace classes because we did not have an Aerospace engineering department in my hometown. I then worked to find opportunities to do my masters and PhD in Aerospace Engineering elsewhere. What you need is passion for the field and the drive to excel. You will eventually find your way to what interests you the most and you will be successful in it!