Chapter 4—Retaining Engineering Majors
Based on the scenario below, Chapter 4 focuses on Bella, who is now entering Steadfast University and majoring in engineering. Similar to the demographics of most U.S. engineering programs, only about 20% of the students are women. Does that matter? What can colleges and universities do to gain greater diversity among the engineering student body?
THE SCENARIO: Will Engineers Be True Global Problem Solvers? In the United States, middle school student Bella attends a Maker Faire and is inspired to join the school's robotics team. In Zambia, young Kamillo examines his village's broken water pump and wonders how it can be repaired. Both young people have started on a path that could lead them to confront some of the largest challenges on the planet. How will each be prepared and empowered to be true problem solvers?
This video is part of the ASME Decision Point Dialogues series—an initiative designed to challenge thought leaders from industry, government, academia and NGOs to grapple with some of the most complex questions facing engineers and technologists today. The series raises awareness of existing conflict points and stimulates the kind of debate that leads to bold decision making and disruptive learning. In this first installment, the panel tackles the question of how to prepare and inspire generations of engineers to solve the most pressing global challenges.
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