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STEM Degrees Earned By Women, Minorities Increase.

 July 12, 2017

The Omaha (NE) World-Herald (7/11, Ruggles) reports that “efforts to increase the numbers of women and minority students in science and technology appear to be having some effect, national statistics indicate.” The World-Herald adds that “the numbers of blacks, Hispanics and women earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and math rose considerably between 2008-09 and 2014-15, the most recent year for which data are available.” However, the article states, “there were still more than double the degrees awarded to men than women in STEM, and there were well over twice as many STEM degrees earned by whites as were conferred on blacks, Hispanics and American Indians as a whole.”

Young Ford Engineer Playing Key Role In Company’s Future.

 July 11, 2017

The Street (7/10, Byrnes) profiles 23-year-old Ford research engineer Victoria Schein, who has “at least 15 patents under her belt” and “is the future” of the company. According to The Street, “Schein will continue to well...shine...and amaze. And you will continue to hear her name. She is our #AlphaRising and we’re hoping she brings a lot of young girls with her.”

Report Suggests Russia Lacks STEM Field Gender Gap.

 April 25, 2017

The Washington Post (4/24, Marks) reports a number of studies have suggested a “pipeline problem” in the US that has resulted in a shortage of women in the American computing workforce. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization released a report that found in Russia, 41 percent of scientific researchers are female, and three times more female inventors are in Russia than in the West. A researcher explained that in other nations, girls have “a slightly playful approach to STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math], whereas in Russia, even the very youngest were extremely focused on the fact that their future employment opportunities were more likely to be rooted in STEM subjects.” Russian girls are also introduced to technology at an earlier age than in other nations. “As a result,” the Post writes, “young Russian girls view STEM more positively and this has resulted in a more lasting interest.”

Percentage of Women Majoring In Engineering Growing, But Still Low In Workforce.

 April 05, 2017

The Charlotte (NC) Observer (4/4, Carballo) reports on the various struggles, and moments of growth, female engineers at all levels currently face in the male-dominated profession. The Observer highlights a range of women, from young female college students majoring in engineering, all the way to Marquette University’s first female dean of engineering. The Observer adds that according to a 2016 report by the National Science Foundation, the national average of women majoring in engineering is close to 20 percent, with that number falling to 15 percent in regards to the percentage of college-educated women working in the engineering industry.

Female Engineer Shares Story With Alabama High School Students.

 January 24, 2017

The Enterprise (AL) Southeast Sun (1/23, Gibbs) reports Mississippi Power Company Customer Services Organization Vice President Nicole Faulk, who is also an engineer, spoke to engineering students at Enterprise High School on Friday, January 13. After sharing her experiences with becoming an engineer, Faulk “encouraged the female students to seriously consider a career in engineering.” She said, “I did that, and I know that you can do that. There wasn’t anything that made me special. There was a lot of luck and a lot of hard work that went into that and what I’ve been able to do. I know that each and every one of you all, and females I’m talking to you all now, you can do it.” The Southeast Sun mentions that Faulk “has also been a part in the development of Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 and 4 project – the newest nuclear plants to be built in the United States in more than 30 years.”

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