More female engineers are needed to design better futures, the University of Auckland told 240 Year 13 pupils at a girls-only Enginuity Day yesterday.Click through for the whole thing.
To encourage more women to choose engineering as a career, the engineering faculty hosted a day-long programme for female physics and calculus students from 38 secondary schools...
The faculty's equity adviser for women in engineering, Robyn MacLeod, said it hoped to achieve a 50/50 split in student gender. Females now account for 22 per cent of the 500 people who begin engineering degrees each year.
Ms MacLeod said it was important to have women engineers so females' needs were considered when designing systems.
...For example, early voice synthesisers could not detect women's voices because of their naturally high pitch, she said.
Ms MacLeod hoped parents would encourage their daughters to consider a career in engineering. "Parents don't realise it is such a fantastic career for girls. [They] don't necessarily encourage girls to be engineers."
...The Institution of Professional Engineers says there is only one woman to every 10 males in its membership.
I was recently at a symposium about a different occupation in a different sector and there was a man there from Career Services who spoke about how people, particularly young people, make choices about what they want to do, and thus what they will study or train in. He said that the biggest influence on these decisions were the views of parents, and then the views of peers. School careers advice was one of the lowest influences. So it's good to see the faculty adviser acknowledging the role of parents, and focusing some attention on them.