The Women in Engineering program celebrated Kate Gleasonâ€™s 152nd birthday, in the atrium of RITâ€™s engineering college named after her, Nov. 17. WE@RIT will also be celebrating a milestone in 2018 as the program begins its 15th year providing academic, social, professional and networking opportunities for young women aspiring to be engineers. In 2017, in the engineering college, 25 percent (172) of its 688 first-year students are women. The national average for women graduating from undergraduate engineering programs across the country is slightly more than 20 percent, according to the American Association of Engineering Education. At RIT, the college has surpassed that, graduating nearly 24 percent female students in the 2016-2017 academic year.