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EDUCATION: More women should become engineers

Letter by Margaret Buchanan, Gig Harbor on May 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm | 3 Comments »
May 26, 2010 2:45 pm

Re: “We need to inspire more students to love math, science” (Your Voice, 5-25).

Congratulations to Anna Laura Kastama on her robotics achievements. I hope she continues her interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

In high school, I scored higher on the English SAT than the math, but I became an engineer because my dad was an engineer and because my bossy older sister told me to. I was one of three female mechanical engineers in my graduating class at the University of Texas 30 years ago.

I would have thought that there would be many more female engineers by now, but they’re still fairly rare; only about 20 percent of engineering students are women.

Women can make great engineers. I worked as a test engineer for five years before becoming a domestic engineer. If there were more teachers with math/science backgrounds, we might have more students with an interest in engineering.

I believe an engineering degree prepares students for the real world better than a liberal arts degree; you don’t just learn math, you learn to become a problem solver.

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