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Women engineer the future at the University of Vermont

Release Date: 02-26-2009

Author: CEMS News

[The following is reprinted from UnderTheMicroscope, a website of the Feminist Press NSF Women Writing Science project developed by IBM.]

To those observing National Engineers Week, President Obama sent out a letter on February 13 that [...] highlights how crucial engineers are to our future, with these words in particular: "Now we look to them to help overcome new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities in health care, energy, national security and other areas."

Doing our part to honor and celebrate engineering this week, Under The Microscope looks a bit closer at one university that has been committed to recruiting top-notch young engineering talent and to actively targeting girls and women in that effort: the University of Vermont.

Increasing the enrollment of women in engineering is one of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences' primary efforts. The College Dean, Dr. Domenico Grasso, says that this has been one of his "primary objectives," and that the numbers are getting marginally better: "We have about 20 percent in our program. The national average is 16 percent. Both of those numbers are woefully low and unacceptable."

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