First Female Professor in Electrical Engineering and Electronics

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A picture of Professor Ivona Mitrovic
A picture of Professor Ivona Mitrovic

In a historic moment for the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, Ivona Mitrovic has been promoted to become the first female Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics. This achievement marks a significant step in advancing gender equality and diversity plans in the department.

Professor Mitrovic has been a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics for over a decade, during which time she has made outstanding contributions to the field of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. Her research has focused on novel high-k materials that facilitated an unprecedented level of scaling of silicon chips, with applications to power electronics that contribute to Net Zero through the development of electronics for sustainable societies.

Her colleagues and peers have praised her for her dedication to research and teaching, as well as for her commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. Speaking about her promotion, Professor Mitrovic expressed her gratitude and said she hoped it would inspire more women to pursue careers in Electrical Engineering and Electronics.

"I am honoured to have been promoted to Professor and to be the first female Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics. I believe that this achievement will encourage more women to enter this field and contribute their talents and perspectives to the advancement of science and technology," she said.

The School of EEECS has also applauded Professor Mitrovic's appointment, describing it as a significant milestone towards achieving greater diversity and representation within the School. In a statement, the Dean of the School of EEECS, Professor Katie Atkinson, said that the School was committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and equality and that Professor Mitrovic's promotion was an important step in this direction as well as a personal achievement for her.

"We are proud to have Professor Mitrovic as a member of our team, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion and recognise the important milestone it represents in our EDI work. Professor Mitrovic’s promotion celebrates her important research contributions to modern-day electronics developments and I must also applaud the work that she has done in her role as School Director of Postgraduate Research – her dedication to ensuring that we provide our PhD students with a supportive development environment is recognised by both staff and students. " the statement read.

The School of EEECS holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award and its EDI action plan aims to develop a diverse staff and student body at all levels.