RALEIGH – She’s good at math and science, but not so good at making career decisions, until now… or so she says.
Lisa Grossman is a senior at Cary High School in Wake County. She attended the N.C. Department of Transportation’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” and now, she says, she is destined to be one.
“I have always wanted to keep my career options open, “she said. “But after attending the event, I see how females have impacted the engineering field and I want to be a part of that.”
According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force, yet women make up only eight percent of engineers and 18 percent of engineering technicians. NCDOT hopes to put a dent in those figures by introducing female high school students to the world of engineering by holding “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” workshops across the state.
This year’s workshop in Raleigh proved to be extremely effective with hands-on experiments and personal stories from women who have made an impact in the field. Janaki Patel is one of them. She is an engineer in training at NCDOT and was a speaker at this year’s workshop.
“I think it’s a great idea to introduce students, especially females and minorities, to the field of engineering,” Patel said. “Many girls don’t know what’s out there for them so we’re trying to get the word out and recruit.”
NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata also encouraged the students to use their strong math and science skills in a career that’s currently male-dominated. “ At NCDOT, I want to hire the brightest and the best engineers with innovative ideas from all walks of life,” he said.
NCDOT has already hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” events in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, and will be holding another workshop in Greenville, Tuesday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Pitt County Agriculture Extension Center Auditorium, 403 Government Circle, Greenville.
For more information and to register for the event, contact Gail Herring, “ Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” Coordinator at 919.707.4442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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