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Women in Engineering, Interview with Brittany Young, Project Engineer

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brittany-1Brittany Young loved science from a young age, and is now a UMBC chemical engineering and chemistry major, as well as working as a Project Engineer and Technician at Key Technology, Inc.  She has had the pleasure of working at APL, NASA and McCormick & Co. She’s also involved in STEM mentorship programs to promote STEM education among Baltimore city youth.  She believe that it is our responsibility as women to nurture the future STEM leaders. She shares her story, as well as her hopes for the future… Continue Reading →

Women in Engineering, Interview with Ariel Ash-Shakoor, NSF IGERT Fellow & Bioengineering Graduate Student

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PHD Students Panel Discussion  Presenting Research ProjectsThough it was a difficult journey, Ariel Ash-Shakoor was always interested in the medial, health, and science fields. She enjoyed solving problems and creating stories. She is currently a bioengineering graduate student at Syracuse University and a proud alumni of the Univeristy of Maryland, College Park which is located close to her hometown by the District of Columbia. Now that she is pursuing an advanced degree, she hopes to make a large impact in the science and education fields through community service. Continue Reading →

Engineer Ascends as GM’s First Female CEO

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Fortune The Most Powerful Women 2013

Fortune The Most Powerful Women 2013 (Photo credit: Fortune Live Media)

General Motors, the giant in the male-dominated auto industry, just named it’s first female CEO, who also happens to be an engineer. Mary Barra is currently the executive vice president of global product development has been with the automaker for 33 years. She has an electrical engineering degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Stanford and has held a variety of roles in engineering and assembly. Ms. Barra is taking on the top role as current CEO, Dan Akerson, leaves the companies to spend time with his wife who is suffering from advanced stage cancer.

Ms. Barra started at GM at the age of 18 to help pay tuition for her electrical engineering degree.  She has told Forbes that “being a car gal rather than a car guy has never stood in her way. It’s about no-kidding results.”  Her focus in her current position has been to build at least 500,000 vehicles with some sort of electrification (including hybrids).

It’s good to see an engineer (who happens to be female) in the top spot of a company that’s in an industry that’s historically been very male-dominated.

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