Where are all the female engineers? And why colleges and universities should care

Local universities in Ohio are welcoming slightly more female engineering students this year–but some college administrators say high profile displays of sexism in the industry, such as Google’s recent controversy surrounding a memo questioning women in tech, are deterring women from choosing the major.

Approximately 28 percent of the University of Dayton’s incoming class of engineering students is female — a record increase for the university. About 22 percent of Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing freshmen class is female, while the University of Cincinnati welcomed about 20 percent — 235 women out of 1,174 students — to their freshmen class.

“It’s a very small growth,” said Marek Dollár, dean of Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing. “We’re trying to change this reality. We are implementing a new plan aimed at increasing the percentage of female students to 30 percent by 2020.”

[ Read the full article at eCampus News. ]

For more information on Diversity initiatives at Pitt, visit the University Center for Teaching and Learning’s Center for Diversity in the Curriculum.