Educational Technology

May 8, 2012

Why the nation needs more female engineers

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Stephanie Hill, Washington Post

Stephanie Hill (Mike Rote/Lockheed Martin Corp.) “Are you sure you want to be a software engineer? You are such a people person. Won’t you be stuck working alone, staring at a computer for hours on end?” Those were the questions that my sister asked as I declared my intent to pursue a software engineering degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She was right – I am a people person. But a college elective course – in COBOL programming – peaked my interest like nothing before. And with wonderful mentors who provided me a glimpse into various career opportunities, I shifted gears, full speed ahead into the world of engineering. I have not looked back since. As an African-American, female engineer, I’m certainly in the minority.

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