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The importance of getting young, female students interested in engineering

Kiera Sowery - Student Circuit
March 08, 2023

On International Women’s Day, GE Foundation honours the contributions of women to innovation and technology.

Rosalind Franklin was a scientist whose pioneering work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA.

Ada Lovelace, a mathematician, is considered to be the first computer programmer. Yet today, we know there remains an increasing need for STEM uptake from the next generation of talent, particularly from female students, to tackle the many challenges facing the world today, such as climate change.

Clar Collins, Global Operations Leader, Grid Systems Integration at GE, spoke to us about the GE Foundation’s programme launched to increase the diversity of young people in engineering.

At GE, we are passionate about inspiring the next generation of diverse talent. I know first-hand how early engagement at school level can have an impact. As a Mechanical Engineer, I was personally motivated to take up my career after an engineer came to talk at my secondary school. However, uptake – particularly from female students – still remains slow, which is why programmes, such as Next Engineers, are so crucial in changing the industry norm.


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