June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Women in Engineering
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Broadening Participation: A Report on a Series of Workshops Aimed at Building Community and Increasing the Number of Women and Minorities in Engineering DesignDespite some progress in increasing the numbers of women and minorities in engineering overthe past 30 years, their full participation in the discipline has yet to be achieved, particularly inengineering academia. One cause is the “leaky pipeline”; even after women and minoritieschoose to major in engineering, they drop out at rates higher than their counterparts along allcareer stages (undergraduate school, graduate school, tenure-track, etc). Their small numberscreates isolation that has the unfortunate risks of struggle, less professional success, less sense ofpersonal belonging, and less retention.Our hypothesis is that building a community that provides networking and support, opportunitiesfor collaboration, and professional development, will lead to greater career success, personalfulfillment and professional happiness, retention, and greater participation/contribution fromwomen and minorities. The authors have been conducting a series of workshops aimed atbroadening participation of women and other minorities within the American Society ofMechanical Engineers (ASME), within the Design Engineering Division.This paper reports on the activities and results of the workshop series. Four workshops have beenheld to date, all occurring just prior to the American Society of Mechanical EngineersInternational Design Engineering Technical Conferences (ASME IDETC). Participation is byapplication, and the workshop topics are selected on the basis of their usefulness related toprofessional development for the target audience. The first was on Negotiation Strategies, thesecond on Networking Skills and Strategies, the third on Navigating and Leading Change, andthe fourth on Communicating Technical Ideas. Each workshop was conducted by a professionalconsultant supported by necessary funding for the workshop provided by ASME and additionalfunding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided for the participation of graduatestudents and post docs.This paper provides a detailed report on workshop activities, including a description of eachworkshop topic, as well as activities that were conducted within each workshop. In addition, thefindings from surveying workshop participants is presented and analyzed.
Fu, K., & Reid, T. N., & Terpenny, J. P., & Thurston, D. L., & Vance, J. M., & Finger, S., & Wiens, G. J., & Kazerounian, K., & Allen, J. K., & Jacobson, K. (2013, June), Broadening Participation: A Report on a Series of Workshops Aimed at Building Community and Increasing the Number of Women and Minorities in Engineering Design Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19269
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