By: Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant
As Connecticut looks to hire more engineers for the state’s booming aerospace and defense industries, universities and employers are tapping an overlooked segment of the workforce: women.
Engineering schools and businesses are increasingly graduating and hiring more women in what traditionally is a male-dominated field. That means greater opportunities not only for women with math and science skills, but also for companies in Connecticut scrambling to hire workers to build commercial and military jet engines, helicopters and submarines.
Kevin McLaughlin, director of engineering diversity programs at the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering, said hiring more women not only expands the workforce but also the potential to solve problems.
“To only have some minds at the table doesn’t make sense,” he said.
The change is being driven by engineering schools reaching out to students with different backgrounds, manufacturers broadening the field of recruits and businesses seeking engineers who understand how other women use certain products.
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