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Demand for engineers in the workforce has never been higher. To meet demand, schools across the country are heavily recruiting young women — a demographic that has been historically underrepresented in engineering fields. 

Demand for engineers in the workforce has never been higher. To meet demand, schools across the country are heavily recruiting young women — a demographic that has been historically underrepresented in engineering fields. 

Those recruiting efforts are paying dividends at Georgia Tech where women make up 30 percent of freshman engineering students and 24 percent of the College of Engineering’s students overall. Nationally only 18 percent of engineering students are women. In addition, research has shown that female engineering students achieve higher overall GPAs than their male counterparts in virtually every major. Of the 394 freshman students enrolled as biomedical engineering majors this fall, 208 are women and 186 are men, marking the first time in the department's history that women have comprised the majority of a freshman class.

The Women in Engineering (WIE) program was established in 1994 within the College of Engineering’s Dean’s office with two underlying imperatives: to recruit top female students into engineering majors at Georgia Tech, and to provide the resources and programs to encourage their success and retention. WIE challenges and inspires women to achieve their fullest potential as engineers and as leaders, and celebrates their accomplishments and successes.

The College of Engineering continues to be the top producer of female engineers in the United States, granting more than 3,000 degrees to female graduates over the last five years. As the number of female engineering students increases from year to year, WIE has focused not just on recruiting but on supporting the students throughout their academic careers.

"Women in Engineering is here to support all female engineering students at Georgia Tech through mentoring, scholarships, career development," says Christine Valle, director of Women in Engineering. "Over the years, we have found that this has really helped sustain the women while they go through their curriculum and weigh their engineering career options when they graduate."

If your daughter is an engineering student, there are several programs offered by WIE. Included in those are:

  • M&M:  a peer-mentoring program where freshmen are matched with juniors and sophomores with seniors. These mentoring relationships offer students a connection with an older student who offers advice, friendship and guidance.
  • Scholarships:  A network of approximately 24 corporate partners offers scholarships for outstanding female students.  Scholarship levels have increased for each of the past three years by 20 percent in spite of a faltering economy.

For more information on WIE, visit www.coe.gatech.edu/wie or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GTwie.

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  • Created By: Rachael Pocklington
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  • Created On: Oct 2, 2013 - 9:55am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:15pm