Topic: Women engineers
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October 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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
October 18, 2013 at 7:31 AM
Women in engineering increase competitiveness on world stage
We applaud your front-page story on women who are stepping up to a critical leadership role in engineering in Washington state [“Engineering’s new face,” page one, Oct. 15].
We visited Seattle earlier this week for a National Engineering Forum dialogue, hosted by the University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and attended by some of the top engineering and business minds in the region. The dialogue addressed many of the same challenges reporter Katherine Long raised.
The National Engineering Forum is focused on increasing the capacity of our workforce to fill future engineering jobs, their capability to address 21st century challenges, and how to increase our competitiveness through engineering on the world stage. Increasing the ranks of female engineers and engineering leaders from diverse backgrounds goes a long way to addressing each one of those “three Cs.”
Kudos to the University of Washington and The Seattle Times for recognizing the important contributions female engineers make to innovation, security and prosperity.
Jeff Wilcox and Deborah Wince-Smith, co-founders of the National Engineering Forum, Washington, D.C.
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