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Career Day Inspires Young Women to Become Engineers

On October 25, more than 250 female students, teachers, and guidance counselors from high schools representing more than 50 towns and cities throughout Massachusetts gathered in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium at UMass Amherst for the annual Women in Engineering Career Day Conference. The program was designed to be fun, entertaining, eye-opening, and instructive. The aim was to excite, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue engineering as an academic track and career path.

Among the towns and cities whose high schools were represented at Career Day were Amherst, Northampton, Greenfield, Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield, Worcester, and Boston and its suburbs.

This year’s keynote address was presented by Dr. Lisa Hubbard, who is a Senior Engineering Manager in the Systems Architecture and Directorate at Raytheon. She spoke on “Launch into Engineering.”

Immediately before and after the keynote address, students participated in two entertaining exercises, devised to show them what engineers do. One exercise was a wind-energy activity in which students built miniature windmill blades and attached them to an electric motor so they could determine how much power was produced.

UMass Amherst engineering students also shared their research projects with the high school students. In addition, representatives from various companies brought interactive displays to Career Day.

This year’s Women in Engineering Career Day conference was sponsored by the College of Engineering, the Verizon Foundation, Raytheon, the Shaw Group Inc., Abbott Laboratories, the Chubb Insurance Companies, Robert Gorman ’63, Millipore, PTC, and the Collegiate Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. (October 2010)