Engineered for Girls

March 8, 2008
Web site encourages females to join engineering programs.

It seems that manufacturers are not standing still in their efforts to attract more females into the engineering profession. Their participation has aided in the launch by the National Academy of Engineering of "Engineer Your Life" (www.engineeryourlife.org), a Web site developed to encourage academically prepared girls to enroll in undergraduate engineering programs. This site complements other NAE engineering-related sites, including EngineerGirl! at www.engineergirl.org.

At Engineer Your Life, high school girls can "virtually" meet young women engineers. Twelve women speak about their work as well as how they chose engineering as their professions. Eleven engineering fields are described on the site, which also includes information about how to prepare for college engineering classes.

Among the associations and manufacturers that have partnered for this project are the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), DuPont, IBM, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers and Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Jill Jusko

Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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