Education & Opportunities in Engineering

An article from The Daytona Beach News-Journal discusses the ongoing shortage of female engineers in the workplace. Several engineering leaders in education and the profession are interviewed about the issue. Maj Mirmirani, Ph.D. (CA I ’67), dean of the engineering program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, believes that “the lack of females in the workplace is problematic because women have inherent abilities they can offer in the field, which translate to more innovation, greater business opportunities and a more competitive economic environment.”

Read the article to learn more about what is being done and the suggestions of how to dispel false perceptions of engineering and to improve recruiting and retention efforts.

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The Massachusetts Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi at MIT has announced a Winter Fellowship program “for MIT undergraduates and student groups seeking to pursue a service engineering project this winter.” According to the information page, students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, with five fellows looking to be awarded up to $3,000 each.

The deadline to submit an application is November 21, 2012. Interviews will be conducted on two dates with winners being announced on December 2.

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Dr. Lewis M. Duncan, OK B ’73, enjoys engaging students as president of Rollins College (FL). With a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and graduate degrees in space physics, Dr. Duncan can be referred to as a rocket scientist.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently accompanied Dr. Duncan on one of his well-known talks on “the singularity,” a theoretical moment in time when technological advances surpass imagination, and immortality is at hand. Click here to read the article for more details on his presentation and how it was recently received by a group of business administration master’s students.

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