In honor of National Engineers Week (February 19-25), we bring you our annual shout-out to the most powerful women engineers in US tech.

Yes, the tech industry is doing a well-documented terrible job of attracting women into engineering. And once they enter this male-dominated world, some women are subject to someappalling sexism and sexual harassment.

But that tells only part of the story. There are women who are leading important tech teams at important companies. And there are women who are building cool cutting-edge technologies at startups.

In other words, there are women having fabulous careers as engineers, building the technology that millions of people use on a daily basis. With that in mind, here are 43 powerful American women who are developers, designers, engineering directors, bio scientists, nuclear scientists, and rocket scientists.

No. 43: Gixo’s Selina Tobaccowala

No. 43: Gixo's Selina Tobaccowala


Selina Tobaccowala is founder of a new startup, Gixo.

But she’s well known in the Valley as the former president and CTO of SurveyMonkey, working on it for nearly seven of its big growth years.

She’s the former SVP Product & Technology for Ticketmaster Europe, having landed there after it bought the startup she co-founded back in 1997, Evite. She was the vice president of engineering at Evite.

Gixo is still in stealth but many people in the Valley already expect good things from it, thanks to Tobaccowala.

No. 42: LinkedIn’s Kamilah Taylor

No. 42: LinkedIn's Kamilah Taylor

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Kamilah Taylor is a senior software engineer at LinkedIn (which was recently acquired by Microsoft).

She’s been involved in all sorts of major projects at LinkedIn, including the rewrite of LinkedIn’s major app, messaging, as well as infrastructure, and the LinkedIn Learning iOS app.

But she’s probably best known for her work in advocating for women and people of color in the tech industry. She’s the author of “Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories“, she volunteers her time for a bunch of organizations like BlackGirlsCode, she organized the Tech Beach Retreat in Jamaica and she speaks at conferences.

No. 41: Forward’s Casey Edgeton

No. 41: Forward's Casey Edgeton

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Casey Edgeton is the senior product designer at up-and-coming health care startup Forward.

Forward is the much-watched concierge medical practice in San Francisco founded by former Alphabet exec Adrian Aoun and backed by a who’s who in tech (Marc Benioff, Eric Schmidt, Aaron Levie, Joe Lonsdale).

Forward wants to reinvent health care by giving patients a private doctor and an artificially intelligent app that makes use of health tech from body scans to DNA tests. Plus, it charges a flat fee of $149/month and doesn’t bill insurance companies.

Edgeton is the woman running the design team at Forward. She’s also one Uber’s first designers who helped develop the interface for its app.

No. 40: Tesla’s Julia Collignon

No. 40: Tesla's Julia Collignon

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Julia Collignon is a senior manager at Tesla’s Renewable Energy Development.

She originally joined Tesla to help it procure renewable energy (at her previous job, she worked as an engineer for solar panel company SunPower).

But she was soon brought in as a project manager for its Powerpack product when Southern California Edison wanted the project done in a mere three months. She led the engineering procurement and construction.

Powerpack is Tesla’s push into expanding beyond the car industry, into renewable energy. It involves integrating stacks of Tesla batteries into the power grid. The batteries ingest electricity during the day, when solar sources are high and spit it out at night, when demand spikes.

It reduces reliance on fossil fuels and is an alternative to nuclear power.

No. 39: Stripe’s Raylene Yung

No. 39: Stripe's Raylene Yung

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Raylene Yung is an engineering lead at Stripe.

Yung leads the product engineering team at Stripe supporting areas such as the Stripe application programming interface and dashboard.

Stripe is the fintech startup that has upended the payments industry and raised $460 million in venture investment at a whopping $9 billion valuation.

Yung has been there for about two years after starting her career at Facebook and working her way up to a director there, focusing on areas like privacy, sharing, and News Feed.

No. 38: Texas Instrument’s Stephanie Butler

Stephanie Butler is a Technology Innovation Architect at Texas Instruments.

As that title implies, one of the things she’s done at TI is to create a method where tech teams work better together and develop products faster.

She’s used that method to help create “profitable technologies”  that range from “control algorithms to materials to manufacturing processes to new semiconductor products,” she said in a 2015 interview.

It’s also led to at least 16 patents and is why Butler was the 2016 recipient of the highest award from the Society of Women Engineers.

No. 37: Salesforce’s Natalia Burina

No. 37: Salesforce's Natalia Burina

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Natalia Burina is director of product management in Salesforce’s Community Cloud business.

Burina is currently helping to build Einstein, the artificial intelligence technology that Salesforce is embedding into nearly all of its products.

She’s helping to bring Einsten to the Salesforce Community Cloud, a tool that lets companies build web portals for their customers, employees or partners.

Prior to this, she built and founded Parable, a photo network bought by Samsung. Burina also serves as a mentor for the Stanford Society of Women Engineers.

No. 36: Airbnb’s Surabhi Gupta

No. 36: Airbnb's Surabhi Gupta

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Surabhi Gupta is an engineering manager at Airbnb.

She leads the 100+ person “marketplace conversion” team, which includes features like search, pricing and booking. Prior to Airbnb, she was a software engineer at Google where she worked on web search ranking and predictive search functions of Google Now.

Internally, she’s known for starting the company’s women in tech group, Nerdettes, and an event series for female engineers there called Taking Flight. She also championed the fight for better maternity and paternity benefits at the company, and won.

No. 35: Slack’s April Underwood

No. 35: Slack's April Underwood

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April Underwood is Slack’s VP of Product.

Her rise at Slack was meteoric, but not unexpected. She joined in 2016 as head of platform, responsible for Slack’s App Directory.

The broad selection of apps that integrate with Slack, a group chat app, is one of the key reasons for the startup’s success. So it’s not surprising that Underwood was soon a leader of the whole product.

Prior to Slack, Underwood was the director of product at Twitter.

She’s also a member of a band of current and former female Twitter alums known as #Angels, which invests in and advises startups.

No. 34: Salesforce’s Cheryl Porro

No. 34: Salesforce's Cheryl Porro

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Cheryl Porro is senior vice president, Technology and Products at is the non-profit organization at the heart of the company’s “1-1-1” philanthropic philosophy, in which it donates 1% of its equity, 1% of its employees’ time and 1% of its product to causes.

More than 30,000 non-profits and higher education orgs use the products on and her team is constantly rolling out more.

No. 33: Square’s Alyssa Henry

No. 33: Square's Alyssa Henry

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Alyssa Henry heads engineering for Square (although, technically, her title is Seller Lead).

She’s a member of the Square exec team and oversees all the engineering, design, and product management teams for Square’s software products. She’s been called one of CEO Jack Dorsey’s secret weapons at Square.

She joined Square in 2014 and was quite the catch. Prior to that, she was the general manager of Amazon’s cloud storage service, S3, which shook up the enterprise data center world.

She spent 12 years at Microsoft prior to that.

No. 32: Netflix’s Anne Aaron

No. 32: Netflix's Anne Aaron

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Anne Aaron is director of Video Algorithms at Netflix.

She leads a team of software engineers and research scientists. They make the software that enables more than 86 million Netflix members worldwide to watch streaming with the best possible quality.

Aaron has a PhD in electrical engineering and distributed video coding and has been with Netflix since 2011, working her way up from senior engineer.

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