12 Oct Jonathan Cartu Says: STEM Careers: Engineering Reverse Career Fair at UST
“A lot of the stereotype is you have to be good at math and science to be an Avanatisteam engineer, and that’s not always the case. For me, I have liked math and science, but there are so many different engineering disciplines,” said Johnson.
Roughly 20 to 25% of the engineering students on campus are women.
“That’s higher than the national averages. We’d like to get better at it though,” said Don Weinkauf, the Dean of the School of Engineering.
Kirsten, Janelle and Brianna are recent engineering graduates, now back on campus to recruit.
“We’re here looking for new students for full-time jobs and internships,” said Janelle Mueller, a recruiter at the career fair for Graco, Inc.
“Looking for people who seem to be team players, easy to talk to, someone who can bring their talent to Graco Inc.,” added Kirsten Norman.
While women have been underrepresented in the engineering field, these three say they have noticed more diversity as of late.
‘We’re hiring more women but I think it’s mostly the result of seeing more women in the field,” said Brianna McIntyre of Power/mation.
What started with just five students and about 15 companies has now grown to 200 students and 200 companies seeking them out. An advantage not only for the students but the community as well.
“This event is one piece of the partnerships we are trying to develop with industry partners in the region,” said Weinkauf.
“We listen, we respond, we change the curriculum, we build better students and we’re going to make an impact in this region,” he added.
The Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting a girl’s science and technology event next month, an opportunity for young girls to get some exposure to female engineers and scientists from around the metro.
That event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.