As a young lad, Ted Colbert played with chemistry sets and taught himself how to program on a Commodore 64, an entry-level computer that was hugely popular in the 1980s. A few decades later, with a love for engineering and IT and a stack of experience under his belt at AT&T Bell Labs, Ford and Citi, the American landed the plum yet highly challenging role of CIO at $96 billion aerospace and defence giant, Boeing.
The best engineering toys aimed at girls embrace how they play and integrate science into that play. This kit is no different. Barbie is using science to make her life better. Through a guide that is part-storybook and part-instruction manual, she is presented with various dilemmas and works with her friend, an African American doll named Nikki, to build a solution.
Half of all science and engineering degrees are earned by women. Does this signal gender equality in STEM? Many experts and advocates say it doesn't. While the critical mass of women in biosciences and social sciences remain high – between 49% and 58% - the proportion of female students who earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering (20%) is bleak. It's an even lower percentage of women in computer science, according to a National Science Foundation report from 2015.
One of my colleagues in the Civil Engineering Department at Pitt recently asked me what attributes I believe are necessary for students to succeed as engineers in the “real world.” My immediate reaction was a string of adjectives -- intelligent, hard-working, creative, trustworthy, open-minded, etc. -- which sounded more like the Boy Scout Law than a recipe for success as an engineer. This forced me to examine the question in greater detail and to realize that it is important for us to understand the problem-solving process that is fundamental to all engineering success.
Just because you take home a bigger paycheck doesn’t mean you 'earn more.' It's all relative to where you live. With high demand for software engineers in cities across the country, where do software engineers really get paid the most? Given cost of living factors – including housing costs, transportation, food, recreation and more - Glassdoor is revealing the 25 Best Paying Cities for Software Engineers, by identifying the 'real adjusted salary' for software engineers in each city.
Want to get a fourth- or fifth-grader excited about science and engineering? Give them a chance to build a bow and arrow or catapult. OK, so not a real weapon of medieval warfare, but one made from Popsicle sticks, Q-Tips, rubber bands and tape. That was the theme at Whitworth Elementary School's first Stem (science, technology, engineering and math) Night.
Boeing Co said on Feb. 26th that it is considering layoffs of airplane engineers, a plan that it said may cause it to reorganize or consolidate its engineering teams, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. Boeing said in a memo to employees that the company is deciding whether to make voluntary layoffs available to those workers, according to the document.
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.
To help young women overcome these barriers, and more children leverage their natural STEM interests, former high school engineering teacher Dori Roberts took matters into her own hands. Dori taught high school engineering for 11 years and saw a real void in quality STEM education, for both girls and boys. The mother of two started an afterschool club that participated in various STEM-based competitions.