Wendy Hall, head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University, has been named an Inspiring Woman in 2005 by the Fawcett Society.
The Fawcett campaign celebrates women's contributions to science and other areas of public life, giving them a platform to talk about the women they have found inspiring and the challenges that face women today.
Professor Hall said: 'I want to see women getting more involved in science and technology. For example, in engineering, products are often designed purely from a male perspective due to women being under-represented in the industries.'
Professor Hall, who this year was appointed senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is one of only three UK members of the new Scientific Council of the European Research Council.