Georgia Tech Women in Engineering, Fall 2011

Message from the Director

November 2011

WIE Director Christine ValleWelcome to the Women in Engineering (WIE) program! We are grateful for your interest. As you read this newsletter, you will see the breadth of programs we offer young girls considering engineering, as well as our current GT female engineering students. We hope to develop additional programs soon and welcome all feedback and suggestions.

In the only country that put a man on the moon, just 4% of the general population is an engineer. Of those, just 10% are women. This has serious consequences on our ability to meet some of our society's most pressing challenges, such as sustainability, energy independence, or cyber-security. WIE was created in 1994, to help recruit and retain women engineering students at Georgia Tech. Today, GT graduates more women engineers than any other institution in the country. In Fall 2011 the College of Engineering reached an all-time high of 24% women, though we aim even higher!

I hope you enjoy reading the very first WIE newsletter, and want to thank you again for your interest in our programs. Click here to find out more about Ann and I!

~ Dr. Christine S. Valle
Director of Women in Engineering

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"How to Navigate a Career Fair" Workshop
Thurs., Jan. 12, 11 am - Noon
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Meet our WIE Students!

The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering (WIE) program is dedicated to recruiting top female students into engineering majors and, once enrolled, to ensure the highest level of retention by fostering an environment that encourages curiosity, creativity and intellectual and personal growth. WIE strives to redefine the engineering profession as a positive societal force with the potential to improve the quality of life through the creation of world changing technologies.
WIE challenges and inspires women to achieve their fullest potential as engineers and as leaders, and celebrates their accomplishments and successes. Meet four of our fabulous female students, and explore our new profiles page.

Leading Producer of Female Engineers

The College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the country’s top five engineering schools and its schools are considered among the finest in the nation. Georgia Tech continues to lead the charge in increasing the participation of women in engineering nationwide. The College of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering degrees awarded to women and underrepresented minority students according to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. In the College of Engineering, 24% of the students are women, versus 18.1% nationally. Read more...

CULC Faculty

Women in Engineering (WIE) and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) will be co-hosting a brand-new Coffee Talk Series this spring for undergrad and grad women majoring in STEM areas (science, Technology, Engineering, and math). The series will be held in the UG Studies Resource Room, Clough Commons 205 (next to the Starbucks) on Thursdays from 2-3 PM starting in January and continuing monthly through April.
If you haven’t yet been to the Resource Room, it’s the perfect space for coffee talk – a room lined with interesting books and filled with tables and comfy chairs! We’ve designed this series to give STEM women a chance to gather in an informal setting to get to know one another and to discuss topics – technical and personal – that are important to them. Each week, coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. We hope to see you for coffee talk this spring! Learn more...
Women in Engineering: We don't FIT the mold...we MAKE it!
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