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Retaining Women in Engineering: Finding the Perfect Job

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2021 CoNECD


Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day

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January 24, 2021

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January 24, 2021

End Date

January 28, 2021

Conference Session

CoNECD Session : Day 1 Slot 2 Technical Session 2

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Submissions

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Lynn Mayo P.E. RePicture Engineering

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Lynn Mayo holds a M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University and a B.S in civil engineering from Bucknell University. After working for over 30 years as a civil engineer, she became CEO of RePicture Engineering, PBC. RePicture is dedicated to increasing interest and diversity in engineering by telling the stories of engineering projects, engineers, and organizations. Through the site, we are helping students discover careers shaping the future and helping companies attract innovators.

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Forty percent of women engineering graduates leave engineering within two years of graduating. A study by Nadya Fouad found that the most common reason given by women engineers that never entered the field was they were not interested in engineering.

If we can help women keep their interest in engineering, we may be able to retain more women engineers. Luckily engineering is very broad. For example, civil engineers can design skyscrapers in New York City or work with African villagers on sanitation issues.

This presentation will demonstrate a new tool designed to help students find early career jobs that align with their interests. is a free website where students and professionals can find careers and jobs based on their interests and discover how these jobs contribute to the wellbeing of society (often a career priority for women). uses the stories of actual engineering projects (that are all around us) and engineering professionals to help students and professionals understand different engineering jobs and careers. The website is based on existing research regarding how to attract and retain women and other underrepresented groups in engineering. The RePicture Program allows students to compete in contests based on their interest. At this time, no formal research has been conducted regarding the tool's effectiveness. When funding becomes available, we will evaluate the potential impact of the tool on students and professionals.

Mayo, L. (2021, January), Retaining Women in Engineering: Finding the Perfect Job Paper presented at 2021 CoNECD, Virtual - 1pm to 5pm Eastern Time Each Day . 10.18260/1-2--36118

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