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Developing Manufacturing Workers Who Are Job-Ready on Day One

February 24, 2016

During the State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama said America should be “offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.” The president has likely heard what many manufacturing companies say: We need students prepared with the certifications and skills to be productive upon graduation.

Engineers Week: ‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Generation of Black Engineers’

February 24, 2016

In honor of Engineers’ Week (Feb. 22–26), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will celebrate by launching a series of activities and online campaigns promoting African Americans in engineering. “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a generation of black engineers,” says NSBE’s national chair, Neville Green.

In my experience: Why girls in STEM change majors

February 23, 2016

When I arrived at the University of San Diego in the fall of 1999, I was one of eight girls assigned to a suite for science majors. By the end of the year, only two of us were still majoring in science. It wasn’t for lack of studying. Every one of us passed our exams. We all were top students. What we lacked was the support and confidence necessary to pursue a science degree.

Unconscious bias in STEM poses challenges for female scientists

February 23, 2016

Sarah Eddy, now a research analyst in the College of Natural Sciences, spent three years investigating the role gender played in students’ perception of each other in their biology classes at the University of Washington with Daniel Grunspan, an anthropology doctoral candidate at UW. The data from the study demonstrates an implicit bias against women in science.