women in engineering

Learn about career opportunities in Engineering and related fields, like Information Technology. Many IT professionals are engineers, and not just computer engineers. Industrial, manufacturing, electrical and mechanical engineers all play important roles in designing, building, maintaining and improving information technologies.

Women had made significant contributions to engineering. Here are just a few of the amazing women who are transforming our world through science, technology, math and engineering.

Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Mária Telkes, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney, Edith Clarke, Olive Dennis, Alice Parker, Katherine Burr Blodgett, Irmgard Flügge-Lotz, Esther Conwell, Stephanie Louise Kwolek, Ruth Davis, Mildred Dresselhaus

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  • Six Women Who Paved the Way for Female Engineers and Architects – history of women working in traditionally male-dominated fields. Beginning with the changing cultural sentiments that allowed females to seek work in the construction industry during the Industrial Revolution, Lewis traces how women excelled in many of these new roles, playing an important part in projects across the country.

Colleges, universities

  • University of Toronto – Cristina Amon – Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Over 750 faculty, researchers and staff with an annual operating and research budget of $250M, more than 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students. Women – Undergrads 26.8% of 4,488. Masters 22.2% of 870. Doctoral (PhD) 22.2% of 571 (2013)
  • Harvey Mudd College awarded more engineering degrees to women than to men at its annual commencement, May 18, 2014. Fifty-six percent of students who graduated this spring in engineering were female, and 44 percent were male. The College conferred bachelor of science degrees upon 173 students—88 women and 85 men. May 2014
  • Curtiss-Wright Cadettes – In 1942-43, Curtiss-Wright developed programs with universities (including Cornell University, Purdue University, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State College (University), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Texas) to train women in engineering. This was one of the first programs specifically geared towards recruiting and training women as engineers.