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Wow! That's Engineering!

UCR Helps Young Girls Discover the Future through Technology

(October 26, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — More than 200 young women and their parents are expected to attend “Wow! That’s Engineering!” on November 10, 2007, a day-long event sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering that helps girls discover new opportunities in the field of engineering. The registration deadline is Nov. 5.

While the demand for technology-savvy entrants in the workplace is growing three times faster than all other occupations, the percentage of women engineers in the workforce remains at approximately ten percent.

“Wow! That’s Engineering!” creates an experience for middle and high school girls where they can meet female engineers and technologists and find out about the wide range of career paths in engineering. “Our goal is to reach out to underrepresented girls who might have an interest in engineering and get them thinking about an engineering course of study,” says Lindsay Yee, co-outreach chair of UCR’s student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. “The activities we’ve planned include hands-on engineering modules, an engineering student college panel, a panel for parents, lab tours, a closing reception featuring research displays, and informal discussions with the girls and their parents.”

Out of 22 applicants nationwide, UCR was one of three sites — as well as the only Society of Women Engineers student section — chosen by the professional organization to host the event. “Wow! That’s Engineering!” kicked off in Chicago in 2006, with subsequent events taking place in major cities throughout the country. Working with the Society of Women Engineers national organization, members of UCR’s student chapter are targeting 10th through 12th grade girls in the Riverside School District and MESA students, as well as members of the Girl Scout’s San Gorgonio Council. “The highlight of the day will be the interaction between our engineering student and professional volunteers and the girls,” says Yee. “We really want to get these young girls excited about engineering.”

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. For more information about the Society please visit www.swe.org or call (312) 596-5223.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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