|What Attracts Women to Engineering Majors?|
Some Here, More There: What Attracts Women to Engineering Majors?
Why do some engineering majors have greater representation of women than others? Contrary to popular belief, topical content alone does not determine the proportion of women or men in engineering majors. There is actually wide variation in female/male enrollment in specific engineering departments at universities across the U.S. Using national data from the Engineering Workforce Commission, survey data from 21 schools in the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE) Study, and Carnegie Foundation classification information, Dr. Litzler will present findings about improved student experience and perceptions in engineering departments where women are better represented.
Elizabeth Litzler, Ph.D., is the Director for Research at the University of Washington (UW) Center for Workforce Development (CWD). In this role, she directs research projects from conceptualization, methodological design, collection of data and analysis, to dissemination of research findings. Dr. Litzler manages the Sloan-funded Project to Assess Climate in Engineering (PACE) study, which uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the culture for women and underrepresented minorities in 22 engineering colleges nationwide. She also directs the external evaluation for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).