Dr Elpida Makrygianni is the Engineering Education Developer and Coordinator at University College London. She is responsible for conceiving, delivering and implementing UCL Engineering’s 50.50 Engineering Engagement Strategy, creating a step change in the representation of girls as well as black and ethnic minority pupils on Pre-19 STEM Engagement programmes. The strategy has enabled participation of children and young people who would otherwise be excluded from STEM due to invisible social structures. Elpida works in partnership with government, industry as well as organisations to promote effective design and delivery of STEM education and engagement programmes for young people. Her work focuses on considering the diversity of young people and enabling participation of pupils from a broad range of abilities, backgrounds and levels of understanding to ensure inclusion, equality and real choice in STEM careers and degrees.
Elpida received her PhD in engineering and computer science before working as an academic, research fellow and consultant for the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has led and contributed to educational projects at the European Commission, UNESCO, the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, Google, IBM, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Lottery, the UK Department for Education and many more.
In 2019, she was appointed as an honourary member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). This honour was awarded by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of Elpida’s services to education.