One of the podcasts I regularly listen to (“Stuff Mom Never Told you“) recently has a series of four podcasts on women in STEM (one each for the S, T, E, and M). The engineering and math podcasts were the most interesting. Both podcasts covered many topics, so I’ll just highlight a couple of the topics discussed here.
The math podcast [Link] covered the history of women in math and focused on gender differences in math achievement (and sometimes, the lack thereof).
The engineering podcast [Link] covered pipeline issues in engineering (recruiting and retaining women). They discussed the success of industrial engineering in attracting women. This podcast will be of particular interest to readers of this blog. High school students (both girls and boys) are often unaware of what engineering is, and as a result, students who are good at math choose majors like math and physics instead of engineering. Increasingly, medicine and forensic science are attractive career options to high school students thanks to television programming. This podcast will resonate with those of us in operations research, which is even less known as a field than engineering (Many know that engineering exists, few know what engineers do. Fewer know that operations research exists(!) ).
Here are a few of my posts about women in math, science, and computing:
- 5 observations about women in engineering: my talk at the women in engineering luncheon at CASE 2013
- why women avoid engineering and STEM careers
- five articles about women in engineering
- the first supercomputer was powered by women