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BS/MEng Mechanical Engineering
Clifton Park NY

New Class - New Ratio

Alissa Anderson on Monday, 28 November 2011.

Lastest app download: TED mobile.

My latest obsession is my recent TedTalk mobile app. TED, or “Technology, Entertainment, Design” is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The website/app contains videos of presentations from the TED Conferences held worldwide. “TED Talks” range in topics from art and design, to engineering, to the latest world technologies. The majority of the material is very innovative / inspirational - serving a solid supplement to the innovative focus on campus. [http://www.ted.com/]

Seeing as it is the first day of classes I thought this video from Sheryl Sandberg was very appropriate for my course load this quarter. A common topic on the RIT campus is the male/female student ratio. Some majors are split 50/50 where others are female dominated. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering is notorious for the large male population, but I never felt the ratio until very late in my college career (this is the first quarter where I have a class in which I am the ONLY female student in class). I do not believe the ratio has a negative effect on my academic success or RIT experience, but I do find it to be a very interesting observation, and plays into Sheryl Sandbergs discussion of “why we have too few women leaders.”

Check out the talk - Let me know what you think!

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