María González Fajardo
Civil engineer/ Master in structures/ Acciona S.A.
Maria is a female STEM pioneer with two decades of experience in one of the largest infrastructure companies, a leader in sustainability. Acciona has been developing sustainable projects around the world for more than 100 years, taking care of the environment. Maria has developed her great capacity for leadership, organization and teamwork in large engineering projects. She is a clear example that women can make an excellent career in the engineering field, where for many years there has been little female presence. In Maria’s words “I believe that I am an example of a hard-working woman in a male-led industry and I can serve to encourage other women to strive for their own goals”. Maria worked for five years as a professor of numerical analysis in the civil engineering degree program at Alfonso X University in Madrid. Since she was a child, Maria was very good at mathematics and enjoyed teaching her classmates who had more difficulties. Maria dedicates part of her time to volunteer activities with underprivileged families. It should also be noted that Maria has raised a large family and has three wonderful children. Her two passions in life are her work and her family. Maria’s main hobbies are traveling and discovering different places. Among her favorite sports are mountain climbing and sailing.