Working toward more inclusive engineering
Over the past five years, our editorial staff has produced an extra issue each Fall to examine the challenges facing women in the engineering space, as well as celebrating the achievements being made by female engineers in the industry. We’re proud of the light we’ve shown on these readers, including how passionate so many of them are about mentoring young girls interested in STEM/STEAM careers. And we’ve received such positive feedback from the community over the years, so it’s been a very gratifying project for our team.
So, I’m excited to unveil the evolution of this special issue where we will be expanding the scope in 2023 — and also adding in more researched feature stories on big-picture trends. This October, we will celebrate communities underrepresented in the engineering space with this special standalone issue, which we are calling “Engineering Diversity and Inclusion.”
Our team feels passionately about promoting industrial automation and engineering to people of all races, abilities, ages, orientations, and ethnic backgrounds. We are also committed to strengthening our industry by boosting the diversity within it so all the markets we serve can better leverage heterogeneous talents to maximize innovation and productivity. In the Engineering Diversity and Inclusion issue, our editorial team will present an updated salary survey for 2023; discuss the intersection of industry ethics and diversity initiatives; summarize the recent NFPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group (DEI) panel discussion; report on a reader survey covering corporate diversity topics; and comment on neurodiversity and what it means specifically for engineering teams, where numbers and trends are critical.
In addition, our editorial team will highlight engineering readers who are positively influencing design technology or general engineering practices. And that’s where I’m hoping you will come in and assist us. While we’ve already started this process, we’re still looking for readers — perhaps one of your colleagues comes to mind — who would be interesting to profile for this issue. If you’d like to suggest a colleague (or even yourself), please drop me an email at the address below and explain what interesting perspectives they bring to the engineering world and how they’re succeeding at making their design teams better representative of the beautiful, diverse world we live in.
Paul J. Heney – VP, Editorial Director
On Twitter @wtwh_paulheney
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