Conversation Series: Tackling and Understanding Teaming in Engineering; Addressing the Low Representation of Women in Engineering Education.
Despite nearly 50 years of effort since the Year of Women in Engineering, sex segregation and chilly climates remain persistent problems of the workplace. Using diaries from students at four engineering programs in the USA, findings show that young women experience gender stereotyping and sex segregation through class projects, internships, and summer jobs. These findings suggest that the culture of professional socialization mimics the engineering workplace and, in the process, leads many women to question whether they can find a “fit” between their personal goals and the culture of engineering.
Carroll Seron of University California, Irvine will be discussing the findings of this research undertaken with Susan Sibley of MIT, Brian Rubineau of McGill University and Erin Cech of the University of Michigan.
Jan Peters, Chair of the Centre’s recent Symposium on Inclusive Engineering Education will discuss the contributions and discussions that make up a forthcoming Royal Academy report on creating an inclusive engineering education in the UK – learning from Australia, USA and Germany. Early insights in to ideas, innovations and actions will be discussed, as well as the use of personality type tools to grow self-awareness and help students appreciate how they can contribute to team goals and be more inclusive toward team members.
Please join us for a really interesting debate in the Conversation Series. Further discussion over drinks and nibbles.