June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Women in Engineering
This paper explores the influence of women engineering professionals at their workplace, home, and community. Participants of the study were members of the Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The study targeted these cohorts because WIED works to increase the participation of women at all levels of engineering education and the profession. An electronic survey was emailed to members of the division via their listserv. Survey data was collected and analyzed. Of the 193 responses received, two-thirds were first generation engineers in their families, 70% were satisfied with their mobility at the work place, and 99% felt they made a positive contribution at work. A large percentage (85%) of participants stated that they influenced activities at their work place compared to community (13%) and home (10%). Remarkably, 46 participants (24%) had daughters who were attending college, of which 25 (54%) were pursuing a degree in engineering. Subsequently, we developed causal loop diagrams (based on a system dynamics/thinking modeling approach) to capture the complexity of the interactions between women engineers, community and the educational aspirations of their college-aged daughters. The causal loop diagrams predict that an increase in the number of women engineering professionals yield an increase in the number of female students enrolling in engineering colleges, creating a feedback loop that gives an exponential growth in the number of women engineering professionals.
Mativo, J. M., & George, U. Z. (2019, June), Influences of Female/Women Engineering Professionals at the Workplace, Home, and Community Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32963
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