Monthly Archives: February 2011
Posted in Education | Leadership | Professional Development by Stefanie JH English, PE (Structural Engineering) on February 21, 2011
I occasionally have the opportunity to visit local high schools to talk to the students about engineering and related careers. I am not a particularly polished speaker, and I suppose I am asked to return because I’m a bit of an anomaly – a female in a largely male-dominated technical career. It’s a great frustration of mine to be described in this way, in part because it’s such a small part of who I am, but also because I wonder if it reinforces the example, as a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Engineering is a tough field, certainly. But I would argue that perhaps we do a disservice to our students by not encouraging more of them to enter it. For years, it has been reported that the US produces fewer and fewer engineers than competing countries. So, how do we get today’s student excited about engineering?No comments yet | Permalink |