Prof. Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education,
Faculty Director of Communications and External Relations at Sheffield University

Elena became a lecturer at  the University of Sheffield in 2001, having previously worked in industry for seven years in project management, product development and quality control. In the last thirteen years Elena has developed degrees which aim at embedding enterprise in engineering. She is the founder of the Enterprise-lab, which was the model for the White Rose CETLE Enterprise Zones, now known in Sheffield as University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) .

Elena is world renowned for her passion and activity in matters of gender and equality in engineering. In 2014 The Guardian named her as one of the six most influential women engineers who stand out from the crowd in promoting their profession. In the same year, Elena was Highly Commended by the Princess Royal for her work promoting women in engineering.

Similarly, Elena has figure headed the Twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnLGBTEngineer through her blog, which was then picked up by The Guardian (article).

Until 2008, Elena was also Director of Learning and Teaching Development for one of the four Institutional Learning Priorities of the University: Inclusive Learning and Teaching.

In 2011, Elena became the University of Sheffield’s Director of Enterprise Education and also the Faculty of Engineering’s Director of Women in Engineering. Late 2014, Elena stepped down from these roles to take on the role of Director of Communications and External Relations for the University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Elena has been awarded the status of Principal Fellow at the Higher Education Academy – one of the first twelve in the UK.

Elena lectures on enterprise and business planning, using innovative teaching techniques which have merited recognition by the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) and as a Northern Champion by the Institute of Public Policy Research in 2012.

In 2015, her Alma Mater, the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico, awarded her a Doctorate Honris Causa in recognition of her career in engineering education.