Dr Gwen Reilly appointed Faculty Director of Women in Engineering

Congratulations to Dr Gwen Reilly, appointed the next Faculty Director of Women in Engineering (FDWiE).

Succeeding Dr Rachel Rothman, Dr Gwen Reilly will fulfil the role for the next 3 years, until August 2020, championing gender equality in the Faculty to lead, develop and coordinate equality and diversity activities.

Dr Gwen ReillyI'm delighted to be able to succeed Dr Rachel Rothman, who has worked tirelessly to build a more inclusive community within the Faculty. I look forward to continuing her success, attracting a range of people to Sheffield, supporting staff and students to achieve their potential.


Dr Gwen Reilly joined the University of Sheffield in 2004. Based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, she is Senior Lecturer in Bioengineering looking after both undergraduate and PhD students as well as completing research.
Originally trained as a biologist, she received her DPhil in Biology at the University of York, she had a strong interest in bones and realised that most tools needed to understand bones were engineering tools thus studied engineering during her PhD, helping her to better understand the mechanical properties of the human body.

She undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in cell biomechanics, biomaterials and bone structure respectively. Subsequently moving to a position as Research Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago specialising in tissue engineering.

Previously President of the European Society of Biomechanics, in which she was the first female president of that organisation, Dr Gwen Reilly is also a member of the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine and Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.