With a desire to help people, Elena Rodriguez-Falcon decided to study Mechanical Engineering in her hometown, Monterrey in Mexico. Her main focus was on designing technical solutions that would help improve people’s lives, which would later become a reality in her career, but not before spending several years working in the industry in Monterrey.
Elena joined The University of Sheffield in 2001, where she was the founder of the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE); Institutional Director of Inclusive Learning and Teaching; Director of Enterprise Education and the inaugural Director of Women in Engineering.
She went on to become Director of Communications and External Relations of Engineering, whilst holding a Chair in Enterprise and Engineering Education.
In 2012, Elena was recognised for her contributions to education and was awarded the status of Principal Fellow at the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) - one of the first ten in the UK. Elena is also Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Chartered Management Institute.