Dr Elpida Makrygianni
Engineering Education Developer and Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London, UK.
50:50 Participation in Pre-19 Engineering Education
Parallel: Interventions to improve participation, retention, and leadership
Dr Elpida Makrygianni is the Engineering Education Developer and Coordinator at UCL Engineering. She is responsible for the development, support and management of Pre-19 engineering engagement programmes and activities for young people aged 5-19 years old in the UK. Elpida received her PhD in computer science and electrical engineering before working as a project lead, consultant and research fellow for the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has led and contributed to UK and US funded projects with a focus on primary, secondary and higher education at Cambridge University, the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Lottery, UK Department for Education, Google UK, Dyson UK and the James Dyson Foundation. She is the London University Advisor for the Capital Physics Teacher Network for Institute of Physics, member of the Royal Academy of Engineering STEM Network, board member of the UK Volunteering Services Unit, member of the Women in Engineering Society UK and ScienceGrrl.
Elpida is passionate about conceiving, implementing and evaluating the impact of strategies that increase diversity in every sense, especially in STEM subjects. She works in partnership with government, industry and organisations to promote inclusiveness in the design and delivery of the engineering education and engagement programmes for students. Her work focuses on considering the diversity of young people and enabling participation of students for a broad range of abilities, backgrounds and levels of understanding to ensure inclusiveness, equality and real choice.