An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the standing Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) will convene a public workshop to examine the career outcomes of women recipients of bachelor's degrees in engineering. The ad hoc committee will organize the workshop to coincide with the 2013 NAE Engineering Convocation, which draws many leaders of engineering societies and associations. This will provide an opportunity to engage leaders of engineering societies and association in the workshop. The topic of the importance of educating and training a technical workforce has received significant public interest lately, but there has been much less on the subject of retaining scientific and technical workers in the workforce. The ad hoc committee will convene a workshop to answer questions about the gender differences in post-bachelor's retention in engineering. Some potential questions to be addressed at the workshop include: Are women less likely to stay in engineering because of work and family issues? Do women have better success than men in moving from technical to managerial work in engineering?
Leaning In or Creating Their own Path? Workshop on Career Outcomes of Female Engineers
Reception: 5 - 6:30 pm, April 23, 2013 | Members Room | NAS building, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20418
Workshop: 9 am - 1:30 pm, April 24, 2013 | Lecture Room | NAS building, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20418
|8:00 am - 9:00 am||Breakfast and Registration|
|9:00 am - 9:15 am||Welcome [audio]|
Lilian Wu, Member, Career Outcomes of Female Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Recipients, Chair Emeritus, CWSEM, and Program Executive, IBM Global University Program
|9:15 am - 10:00 am|
The Career Outcomes of Female Engineering Bachelor's Degree Recipients: A Study Using the Baccalaureate & Beyond (B&B) Longitudinal Study [Presentation slides] [audio]
Gail Greenfield, Senior Program Officer, National Research Council, and Principal, Mercer Consulting
|10:00 am - 11:00 am||Stemming the Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering? [Presentation slides] [audio]|
Nadya Fouad, Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Romila Singh, Associate Professor, Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
|11:00 am - 11:15 am||Break|
|11:15 am - 12:00 pm||Retaining Technical Talent: Is There a Need for More Data? Are There Criticial Transitions? How Are Career Pathways Changing for Everyone? [audio]|
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||Lunch Panel: Technical Women in Small & Medium Businesses [Presentation slides] [audio]|
Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College Graduate Capstone Project Team
|1:00 pm - 1:30 pm|
Closing Discussion [audio]
Moderator: Joanne Cohoon, Member, Career Outcomes of Female Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Recipients, and Associate Professor,
School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Virginia
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WORKSHOP SUMMARY REPORT
Career Choices summarizes a workshop held by the National Research Council’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering that explored research on career pathways and outcomes for women who have received bachelor's degrees in engineering. Despite decades of government, university, and employer efforts to close the gender gap in engineering, women engineers make up only 11 percent of practicing engineers in the United States.
Presentations at the workshop examined trends in the numbers of women engineering graduates who enter the engineering workforce and remain there or leave as their careers progress, as well as factors that influence decisions to leave the profession. Individual speakers pointed to a range of factors that may contribute to women’s decisions to leave, such as lack of advancement opportunities, lack of support for work-life balance, and uncomfortable work environments. The workshop report also includes information on the study Stemming the Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering by Nadya Fouad and Romila Singh.
Alice Agogino was the chair of the Committee on Career Outcomes of Female Engineering Bachelor's Degree Recipients that organized the workshop. Dr. Agogino is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
A free PDF of the report can be downloaded at the National Academies Press website. Please contact CWSEM staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to request a printed copy of the report.
Catherine Didion, Director
Wei Jing, Research Associate
This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation under award # 1137641. Any opnions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop are those of the participant(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.
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