Episode Nine: Planes, Motorcycles, & Automobiles

Beatrice Shilling was all about speed and efficiency. She modified her Norton M30 (a schmancy motorbike) so she could rip up the Brooklands motor circuit at speeds of 100+ miles per hour, and she fixed a sort of serious little problem the British air force was facing in WWII - a problem which was causing their fighter planes to literally stop working while in mid-air, surrounded by Nazis! I mean, c'mon.

Joining us to talk about Ms Shilling is aerospace engineer Stephanie Evans. Steph is originally from Mascoutah, Illinois and she graduated from Missouri S&T in 2012. Currently, she works as a systems test engineer for SSL MDA in Silicon Valley, and when she’s not doing that, she runs the STEMulus sci comm youtube channel! 

Show Notes, References, and Further Reading

Stephanie Evans


The Stemulus

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Beatrice Shilling


STEM History: Beatrice Shilling. 2017. The STEMulus youtube

The Spitfire’s Fatal Flaw. 2016. Real Engineering Youtube

The Woman who Helped Save the Spitfire. 2017. Tomorrow’s World, BBC One.

Open access to the complete digitized set of “The Woman Engineer” (1919 - 2014), published by the UK Women’s Engineering Society, of which Beatrice Shilling was a member. Includes articles about and by Beatrice Shilling.

Embarking on an Engineering Career in the Twenties. 1969. Beatrice Shilling. The Woman Engineer: The Journal of the Women’s Engineering Society of the UK. Volume 10, No 13, pages 2-4. (Article available on page 326-327/534 in document)

Miss Shilling receives honorary degree from Surrey University. 1969. WES. The Woman Engineer: The Journal of the Women’s Engineering Society of the UK. Volume 10, No 16, page 10. (Article available on page 438/534 in document)

Beatrice Shilling: Pioneering Engineer’s Genius Helped Win World War Two. 2017. BBC News.

How Thrill-Seeking Gearhead Beatrice Shilling Helped Win World War II. 2017. Becky Ferreira, Motherboard.

Beatrice “Tilly” Shilling: Beyond Engineering Expectations. 2016. Kate Parker, Engineering and Technology.

Magnificent Women: Beatrice Shilling. 1990. Women’s Engineering Society.

Trailblazers of Diversity. 2016. The Engineer UK.


Negative Gravity: A Life of Beatrice Shilling. 2004. Matthew Freudenberg.