Wanda Gass

Women in STEM: Wanda Gass

A renowned leader, both technically and civically, Wanda Gass has worked diligently to improve the workplace environment for women engineers and to empower girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Wanda worked at Texas Instruments (TI) for the last thirty years, where she became one of the highest ranking female technical leaders for her contributions to digital signal processors. Recently retired, she…

Supplemental K-12 Engineering Education

Engineers make a world of difference and help shape our future, and our future depends on us working together to increase the participation of women in engineering. As early as elementary school, students can begin to learn basic principles of engineering such as the design process, incorporate engineering habits of mind – which are essentially 21st Century skills, and use developmentally appropriate math and science…

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Women’s Engineering University, India

India Today 8/24/12 posts that the Delhi government is planning to launch an all-women university for engineering education in the city, likely to be titled: Women’s Institute for Engineering University. According to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, the advantages of single-sex education are (i) expanded educational opportunity, (ii) custom-tailored learning and instruction and (iii) greater autonomy. Research shows that females are more likely to…

Google aims to attract and retain more women.

Google Algorithms for Women in Tech

Google uses algorithms to recruit and retain more women. Does it work? Women are significantly underrepresented in technology, and especially in leadership positions at technology companies, and they shouldn’t be. “Having women leaders is not just a question of equity or somehow ticking the box,” said Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who studies gender diversity and business at Columbia University and is president of the Center for Talent…

Engineering still a man's world? NO!

Engineering is a Woman’s World!

Engineering is a Woman’s World! — or at least it can and should be. Family and friends send me articles like this more often than I wish was necessary. This article was published in the Jacksonville, FL paper on August 5, 2012. The title bodly declares that “Engineering still a man’s world.” Do I disagree? Unfortunately, no, in fact I wrote a paper once titled…

Women’s Colleges in Crisis?

Why are there women’s colleges, and do we still need them? An article by USA Today (8/17) authors explain that, “Started in the mid-19th century, women’s colleges in the U.S. opened to level the educational playing field for women who couldn’t otherwise get a college education. Recent Census figures show that more women have undergraduate and advanced degrees than men.” But then they beg the question,…