Diversity makes engineering teams stronger. But women's participation remains well below men's at all degree levels and in all fields of engineering. Since 1993, the proportion of women in engineering has increased at all degree levels, but mostly at the master's and doctoral levels. In general, women earn larger proportions of degrees in chemical, materials, industrial, and civil engineering than in computer science and aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
Only about one-fifth of engineering degrees are awarded to women, according to the National Science Foundation and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, yet by 2022, the U.S. will need 1 million more STEM professionals than it is currently producing.
One of the keys to resolving the gender gap is getting girls interested in engineering earlier. The College of Engineering's K-12 Outreach and Recruitment department supports a number of innovative programs, including: