UConn Women in Engineering Symposium

Learn. Inspire. Empower. UConn Women in Engineering Symposium

Thursday, September 24, 2015

2 – 3:30pm

Student Union Theatre

Storrs, Connecticut

The numbers are troubling. In 1984, women represented 37% of all computer science graduates. Today, it’s just 18% (Girls Who Code). Girls and boys in kindergarten through 12th grade “do not significantly differ in their abilities in mathematics and science, but they do differ in their interest and confidence in STEM subjects” (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2014). While high-profile women such as Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Hewlett-Packard’s Meg Whitman and IBM’s Ginni Rometty mark glass-ceiling victories for women, most tech companies are headed by men.

This is a problem. It’s a big problem for our tech economy where the shortage of qualified workers is steadily expanding. Join us on September 24th, as women thought-leaders representing various facets of the STEM pipeline – from national programs for girls to women executives cracking the glass tech ceiling – explore plugging the tech drain and reversing this corrosive trend.

Meet the panel:

Sharon Nunes (MS, PhD Materials Science, ’80, ’83), moderator – VP, IBM (retired)

Elizabeth Caudle – East Coast Regional Director, Girls Who Code

Elvia Novak (BGS ’91, MBA ’96) – Director, Cyber Risk Services Practice, Deloitte

Jean Scire (BS CHEG, ’84) – SVP & Head of IT, Business Groups, Philips Medical

Invite your friends & colleagues, and bring your daughters, to this thought-provoking discussion of an important economic, educational and systemic challenge for removing barriers to entry and advancement for women in technology and engineering professions.

Don’t wait – register now. Everyone is invited.

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Questions? Contact Heidi Douglas, Director of Engineering Alumni Relations hdouglas@engineer.uconn.edu

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