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Nov. 2 - Women in Engineering

Contact: Chriss Swaney

Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering Hosts Panel To Discuss
Ways To Increase Female Participation in Technical Fields 

PITTSBURGH—Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, will lead a panel discussion about the need to recruit more women into the fields of engineering and science from noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8 at the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania, 337 Fourth Avenue.   

Panel Participants include Nadine Aubry, head of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon; Jane Rudolph, vice president of strategic programs for Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions; Ruthann Omer, president of The Gateway Engineers; Joann Truchan, a representative for the Society of Women Engineers; and Laura Bottomley, former head of the K-12 and precollege engineering initiatives for the American Society for Engineering Education and director of Women in Engineering and Outreach at North Carolina State University.    

"The role of diversity in innovation is well-established. But in order to be at the cutting edge of innovation, we need a more dynamic workforce in engineering and science, including women and other diverse groups," Khosla said.    

Polls of business leaders indicate a dramatic shortage in skilled workers. Women make up 50 percent of the population, yet only nine percent of American engineers are women, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. Current workforce projections show that unless women and minorities are attracted to engineering, science and technology, the United States will not have the trained personnel to meet future needs, according to the Department of Energy's Office of Science for Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists.    

Khosla said the panel will discuss the best route for women to take when entering technical fields and best practices for landing a job.