Category Archives: Engineering

It will take 99.5 years to close the global gender gap, according to new survey

Image courtesy: World Economic Forum It will take 99.5 years to close the gender gap in health, education, work, and political sectors, according to a new Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum.  The assessment is nearly a decade better than 2018’s estimate, which calculated it would take 108 years to reach global parity. The improved outlook is attributed to an

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Women in engineering: Barriers remain 30 years after École Polytechnique shooting

Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University The 30th anniversary of the Montréal Massacre is an opportunity to reflect on what has changed after three decades of advocacy on violence against women, on gun control and on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Three years after the massacre, the Canadian Committee on Women in Engineering released its “More Than Just Numbers”

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Science Societies announces 2019-2020 Congressional Science & Eng. Fellows

Photo caption: Daniel Broberg, 2019-2020 OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow and Christina C. C. Willis, Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow. Credit: OSA The Optical Society (OSA), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics have announced the selection of Christina Willis and Daniel Broberg as 2019-2020 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. As part of their Fellowship,

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India’s second mission to the Moon is being led by two women

For the first time in India’s space history, two women scientists are leading a mission. On July 22, 2019, at 2:43 PM IST, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre en route to the Moon’s South Polar Region. India’s second lunar mission is being led by project director, Muthayya Vanitha, an electronics systems engineer,

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Twitter weighs in on the “10X engineer” debate

Earlier this week, a debate erupted on Twitter surrounding the qualities and traits of a “good” engineer. RELATED: Study suggests girls’ reading skills may be contributing to the gender gap in math The now-viral discussion was started by Twitter user @skirani. In it, he describes his version of the “perfect” employee, which he calls a “10X engineer.” This is a

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Alan Turing to be the face of Britain’s new £50 note

Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, WWII code-breaker, and the founding father of modern computer science, will be the face of Britain’s new £50 note, the Bank of England has announced. The note should enter circulation in late 2021 and will feature a photograph of the scientist along with technical drawings of his ground-breaking work. Introducing the face of the new

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