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October 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Women in science and engineering

Seattle University at the forefront

We appreciate your recent coverage of women in higher education who are breaking the glass ceiling in science and engineering [“Engineering’s new face, at UW female professors no longer a novelty in male-dominated field,” page one, Oct. 15].

However, you did not fully inform readers by reporting how all area universities are faring when it comes to recruiting and promoting highly distinguished female faculty members in these typically male-dominated fields.

As a forward-looking institution, Seattle University is firmly at the forefront of increasing the number of women in science and engineering. For example, all three engineering department chairs and both associate deans in our College of Science and Engineering are women. And 33 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty members in engineering and computer science are women, one of the highest percentages nationally. Additionally, the university received two grants totaling $800,000 from the National Science Foundation and the Luce Foundation to encourage more women to major in electrical and mechanical engineering, physics and computer sciences.

We look forward to seeing more coverage from The Seattle Times on this important topic.

Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., Provost, Seattle University

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