The Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering
• Mission •
Improve the economy by utilizing human resources to a fuller potential through the active engagement in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in engineering.
Need for CAWE
There is a shortage of engineers in this country and the gap between available engineering jobs and the number of engineering graduates is expected to grow. That is why there is a strong effort by the federal as well as state governments to encourage students to pursue STEM fields, including engineering. One way to increase the number of students pursuing engineering is to recruit among women and girls, as women are severely underrepresented in the engineering workforce, at a meager 14%. Research indicates that females do not pursue engineering as a viable profession at the same rate as males, partially because there is an identity conflict between being a female and an engineer and because girls interpret engineering as a masculine profession without a strong humanitarian component. Moreover, women who earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering are more likely to leave the profession than men. Women leave the profession during and after their college education at a higher rate than men due to poor organizational climate including feeling marginalized, group dynamics, a lack of a sense of belonging, and work-life balance difficulties. In efforts to increase women’s participation in engineering, The Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering will focus on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in engineering.