Mandy Chessell

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Mandy Chessell
Born ca 1965
Bath, England
Residence United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Nationality English
Fields Computer Science, Software Engineering
Institutions IBM
Known for software inventions, innovation, model-driven software development tools, information management, design patterns
Notable awards Silver Medal Royal Academy of Engineering, BCS Karen Burt Prize, FREng, Female Inventor, Best Woman in Corporate Sector (2006 Blackberry Women and Technology Awards), Innovator of the Year (2012 Cisco Everywoman in Technology), Doctorate of Science (Plymouth University)
BSc, MSc, FREng, CEng, FBCS, HonFIED, Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, CBE

Amanda Elizabeth Chessell CBE is a computer scientist and a Distinguished Engineer at IBM.[1] She has been awarded the title of IBM Master Inventor. She is also a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Outside IBM, Chessell is the first woman to be awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[2] In 2002 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,[3] a very high honour in engineering.

Chessell is a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield.[4]

Career at IBM

Mandy Chessell joined IBM in 1987.[5] She is based at IBM's Hursley laboratory located near Winchester in Hampshire, UK.[6]

Her early work focused on distributed transaction processing, adding features to products such as CICS, Encina, Component Broker and WebSphere Application Server. She has also work on event management, business process modelling and outside-in design (OID).

Today, Chessell's work is focused on developing model-driven tools to simplify the analysis and design of large systems and then to automate their development. This work covers the development of user interfaces, services, information integration technology in the field of Data governance and Master Data Management.

Chessell frequently lectures on topics related to Computer Science and, in particular, innovation. Such lectures take place at universities such as Queen Mary University of London.[7]

She was also one of the 30 women identified in the BCS Women in IT Campaign in 2014.[8] Who were then featured in the e-book "Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation" produced by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.[9]


In 2000, she was among the first group of MIT Technology Review magazine's TR100.

In 2001, she won the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for the invention and engineering of Reusable Software Component Architecture.[10]

In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.[11]

In 2004, Chessell won the British Computer Society nomination for the Women's Engineering Society "Karen Burt" award.[12]

In 2006, Chessell won a Female Inventor of the Year Award for building capacity for innovation.[13]

Also in 2006, Chessell was awarded a prize for the Best Woman in the Corporate Sector at the Blackberry Women in Technology awards.[14]

In 2011, Chessell was made an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).[15]

In 2012, Chessell received Innovator of the Year at the Cisco everywoman in Technology Awards.[16]

In 2013, Chessell received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Plymouth University.[17]

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to engineering.[18][19]


Chessell studied Computer Science from an early age and has both an O-Level and an A-Level in the subject. She studied at Plymouth Polytechnic up to 1987[20] and obtained a Bachelors Honours Degree in Computing with Informatics.[21]

Subsequently, Chessell joined IBM in 1987 at Hursley Park, Winchester where she studied for a Master's degree in software engineering at the University of Brighton (completed in 1997). Her studies at Brighton were sponsored by IBM.[21]




  1. "Ingenia Article"
  2. "RAEng Silver Medal"
  3. "FREng2002"
  4. University of Sheffield
  5. Prolific Inventor: Professor Mandy Chessell FREng, Ingenia, Sep 2009
  6. Wakefield, Jane (3 August 2012). "Women and tech: Why don't girls want to be geeks?". BBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Queen Mary University of London
  8. British Computer Society. British Computer Society Retrieved 27 November 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation (PDF). British Computer Society. 1 October 2014. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-78017-287-3. Retrieved 14 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal
  11. The Fellowship – List of Fellows
  12. BCS Karen Burt Award
  15. "IED"
  16. "Everywoman in Technology Award"
  17. "Honorary Doctorate of Science"
  18. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N8. 31 December 2014.
  19. 2015 New Year Honours List
  20. Honorary Doctorates of Plymouth University
  21. 21.0 21.1