Lately, I have been featuring some of my fabulous engineering friends on the blog and I’d like to tell you a little more about why I’m doing that. There are some big problems in the world and we need more people signed up to tackle those challenges - the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects are one of the keys to solving these issues. I think there is truly something special about a mix of men and women solving these problems; however, if you look at the statistics, women are in the minority within these fields. As a woman in engineering, it is really important to me to encourage the next generation of females to pursue a career within these areas. It’s a wonderful career path for people (both men and women) and can give them incredible opportunities! My goal is to feature a lot of other female engineers and their stories in hopes that it will inspire someone to follow in our footsteps. So far, you have met Jen, Kristen, Morgan, Kim, and Kristin - all fantastic role models with great experiences within engineering! I also have others coming your way, so please stop by to learn more!
The timing is great because next week is National Engineers Week and there is a special day devoted to Introducing Girls to Engineering. For several years while we were living in Houston, I planned this event for our company & community. We always had a group of 70 – 80 amazing young girls from Houston schools who were interested in the world around them and left the day excited to continue to learn even more about engineering. It was one of my favorite events because we got to see the girls’ eyes light up with fun science experiments and the realization that engineers are pretty darn cool. Be sure to look in your area to see if there are any events that you could volunteer at, attend, or encourage others to check out!
To celebrate this week, I will be featuring two great women on the blog – be sure to check back to learn more about them! If you have any questions or are interested in being involved by writing an article for my blog, please let me know! I would love to work with you! Also, if you would like to ask me questions about being an engineer, please feel free to add a comment or send me an email – I’m always happy to help!