Encouraging young women to pursue STEM opportunities is a hot topic for universities and tech-focused companies. As I near the end of my undergraduate career, I always think “How did I ever think I was going to be anything BUT an engineer?” MIT has been an encouraging environment for my development as an engineer. Like other institutions, MIT runs several outreach efforts that are geared towards young women. The Women’s Technology Program is summertime residential program for girls who are going into their junior or senior year of high school. Prof. Barbara Hughey, my 2.671: Measurement & Instrumentation professor, runs the MIT Women’s Technology Program (http://wtp.mit.edu/). Last Sunday, July 7th, the young women of the Women’s Technology Program stopped by N52 to get a tour of the student workspace but also to hear about the different student clubs & teams that call N52 home.
In the course of one afternoon, the girls toured the workspaces of the following teams: SEVT (Solar Electric Vehicle Team), EVT (Electric Vehicle Team), and FSAE (Formula SAE or MIT Motorsports). I had the opportunity to show the girls the downstairs shop, the 2010 FSAE car and what exists of the 2013 car. The picture shows the group of girls (and me!) in front of the 2010 car.