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1In 2008, 12% of bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering, 3% of master’s degrees in science and engineering, and <1% of doctorate degrees in science and engineering were awarded to minority women. (NSF, 2011).

2Women make up 47% of the overall workforce, but are much less represented in particular science and engineering occupations (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).

34% of chemists and material scientists are women;

17% of chemical engineers are women;

10% of civil engineers are women;

7% of electrical and electronics engineers are women;

20% of industrial engineers are women; and

7% of mechanical engineers are women.

3In 1914, Kate Gleason was unanimously elected to membership as the first woman member in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

4In 1917, Kate Gleason became President of the First National Bank of East Rochester and financed eight new factories.

5Kate Gleason is the only woman in the US to have a college of engineering named in her honor ~ RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

6In 1884, Kate Gleason became the first woman engineering student in the United States.

7The word engineer comes from a Latin word meaning ‘cleverness’.

8Hedy Lamarr was a famous movie actress of the 1930's. While starring in famous movies, Hedy Lamarr was also an engineer. Lamar held a technology patent which is the foundation for today’s advanced wireless networks.

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11Graduation rates of our undergraduate KGCOE women students are higher than overall graduation rates of both KGCOE and RIT.

12There is no one “type” of person who becomes an engineer. If you know kids who . . .

  • are creative
  • like collaborating with others
  • are curious and persistent
  • want to make a difference
  • like solving problems or improving processes

. . .  then you know some potential engineers.

Are you surprised that you didn’t see “excels at math and science” on this list?

14Marie Curie was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes for Science.

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