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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Diversity and Two-year Colleges part 2

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Raymond Edward Floyd Northwest College

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Raymond E. Floyd (M’63 – SM’85 – LSM’03) He has a BSEE from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL – 1970, an MSEE from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL – 1977, and a PhD in Engineering Management from California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA - 2009. He spent 26 years with IBM, retiring as a Senior Engineer in 1992. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Northwest College in Powell, WY. He has published over 200 papers on a variety of topics. He most recently co-authored a text, Perspectives on Engineering (2011), an IEEE eBook, Shaping an Engineering Career: Book 2: Dual Career Ladders (2013), and another text, So You Want to be an Engineer? (2015).

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Astrid K. Northrup P.E. Northwest College, Powell WY Orcid 16x16

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Astrid Northrup earned her B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (Montana Tech) in 1984 and her M.S degree in petroleum engineering from Montana Tech in 1986. She also earned a Certificate in Land Surveying from the University of Wyoming in 2005. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Wyoming. She worked in the petroleum industry as a reservoir engineer and as a private consultant before moving into a teaching career at Northwest College in Powell WY, where she is Professor of Engineering Science and Mathematics and Division Chair of Physical Science. She is pursuing a Ph.D in Science Education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She is married to David and has three adult sons.

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Women In Engineering

Abstract There has been a major effort in the past few years to provide more emphasis on STEM related careers, especially in terms of women entering STEM fields. It is far beyond time to break this mold, this myth about what a woman can and cannot hope to achieve! The only true limits are those women wish to place on themselves, not the untrue limits impressed on them in their youth. It has been gratifying to see positive results from such efforts, with many more young women entering the classes previously believed to be reserved for men. Acceptance in the field is the next barrier, but it too will be overcome. This paper will examine some of the efforts being made in industry and education to achieve a greater number of women in engineering for a lifetime career and discuss some women who have been instrumental in getting more women into engineering careers.

Floyd, R. E., & Northrup, A. K. (2021, July), Women In Engineering Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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