INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award

Purpose of the Award

To recognize and honour deserving women engineers, every year, who have made outstanding contributions to any field of engineering and technology in India and may serve as role models to budding women engineering professionals in the future.


Woman engineers working in India, between the age of 40 to 60 years. The award is to be bestowed on an individual only, who should be citizen of India. In case the nominee is an INAE Fellow, she should not be a member of the INAE Governing Council during the year of the award.


Contributions by a woman engineer, who has made a significant difference in any branch of engineering and technology by way of breakthrough innovation and disruptive change in different fields of engineering and have helped to advance the knowledge and competence to the benefit of the profession and people in India.

Number of Awards

INAE will honour three women engineers, each year – one from each of the three categories, (i) Academia (ii) Industry and (iii) R&D.


Nominations will be invited from INAE Fellows and the nominations may be sent on plain paper with a brief statement of outstanding and distinguished contributions of the nominee as per Nomination Format. Self-nomination of a person shall not be considered. The nominations will remain valid for three years. The nominees can be re-nominated after a cooling period of two years. The nominations for the award will be invited every year. The nominations for the award should be nominated and seconded by the Fellows of the INAE only.

Last date of Nomination (extended for 2020)

The date of receipt of nominations is 15th day of May each year.

Nominations for this award are now closed.

In view of the unprecedented global crisis due to the pandemic caused by SARS-Covid-19 virus and subsequent lockdown (social distancing) period prevailing in the country since March 25, 2020 rendering the postal service inoperative, a decision was taken that submission of duly signed nomination by email (to from the INAE Fellow proposing the nomination will be accepted this year with all necessary documents attached with the mail as a combined or separate document(s) in pdf format. A letter in this regard can be viewed by clicking here

Keeping in view the present lockdown and disruption of postal and courier services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last date for the receipt of nominations for the INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2020 has been extended to June 15, 2020. A notification in this regard can be viewed by clicking here

Selection for the Award

The Selection Committee for Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering/ Prof Jai Krishna and Prof SN Mitra Memorial Awards and INAE Outstanding Teachers Awards under the Chairmanship of President with three Vice-Presidents as members will recommend one Woman Engineer from each of the three categories, (i) Academia (ii) Industry and (iii) R&D to the Governing Council.

Value of the Award

The award carries a cash award of Rs. 2 lakhs and a citation

Presentation of the Award

The awards will be presented during the Academy Annual Convention.

Forwarding of Nominations:

The nominations should be forwarded only by INAE Fellows by Speed Post/Courier to:

Executive Director
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)
6th Floor, Unit No. 604-609, SPAZE I-Tech Park, Tower A,
Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon – 122018
Phone: 0124-4239480, Fax: 0124-4239481
E-mail:, INAE website:


Recipients of INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2020

Academia – Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
R&D – Dr. Lalithambika V.R., Director, Directorate of Human Space Programme, ISRO.
Industry – Dr. Dheepa Srinivasan, Chief Engineer, Pratt and Whitney, R&D Centre United Technologies Corporation India Pvt.Ltd, Bangalore.