In 2018, Design World’s editorial staff — which is primarily made up of degreed engineers and is split roughly 50-50 between men and women — came up with the concept of dedicating a whole issue of the magazine each year to profiling Women in Engineering and exploring the issues they face, as well as their accomplishments.
At one end of the spectrum, it’s clear that we need to continue to graduate engineers in the United States and keep investing in our future. The interest in STEM and STEAM programs has helped illuminate how many young women in this country are interested in taking pathways into engineering and science fields — something that was often discouraged (if not outright ridiculed) in previous generations. At the other end, we’re constantly seeing examples of brilliant female engineers who are making a difference in their companies and their industries. And diversity is a positive thing, whether that be in teams, departments, engineering labs, or in leadership positions.
We’ve recently released our third annual Women in Engineering issue, and it has received tremendous feedback from our readers. Each year, the issues have grown in size, as well as in editorial and design quality. Our whole staff is proud of the stories and issues that we have highlighted over the past three years.
Now, in 2021, we’re taking this topic live and virtual, as a way to expand its reach and allow you more of an opportunity to interact. Starting on January 27th, you can tune into our monthly Women in Engineering Chat Series. These webinars, moderated by our editors, will feature female engineer panelists talking about their careers, their successes, their challenges, their outlook on the future, and more. Registration is free, and all are welcome to listen and ask questions of our panelists. Please register today.
I hope to see you there on the 27th!