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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers
The SIUE student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted two events designed to show young women how creative and rewarding an engineering career can be. “We want to inspire the next generation of girls to go into engineering,” said junior mechanical engineering major and SWE section president Alexis Brown.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
On February 23, approximately 100 fifth through eighth grade girls participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. SWE student members provided hands-on activities with events such as creating a table out of paper, constructing a rubber band car, designing a robot and building a hidden alarm.
“I’ve been the advisor for seven years, and every time I talk to high school girls, they think engineers work in cubicles, and they can’t see themselves in that environment,” said Ying Shang, associate professor in electrical engineering. “They don’t realize engineers go out in the world and build things.”
On March 23, SWE hosted an open house in the Engineering Building to introduce prospective female students to the many opportunities available within the School of Engineering.
Included on the agenda were presentations by the Office of Admissions, Student Financial Aid and the Career Development Center. Participants also attended presentations of two engineering majors of their choice. Panels of professional female engineers and current SIUE female students answered questions, and visitors interacted with engineering professionals, students, and university faculty.
“Engineering is an extremely rewarding profession, especially for women, who comprise only 15 percent of today’s engineering workforce,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the School of Engineering. “The SIUE SWE students are playing a significant role in recruiting future female engineers who will bring fresh, creative ideas and perspectives to the industry.”
Each year, engineering student organization members dedicate hundreds of days preparing and competing in various design competitions. Join a student organization and compete with some of the top engineering schools in the country.