19th Annual Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day, 2020 Set for February 20 With Interactive Local Events Nationwide


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Release Date: 

February 6th, 2020

Fresh off the release of its new research study, Despite The Odds, DiscoverE kicks off its 19th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day with a February 12 Capitol Hill briefing that reveals insightful new data detailing what motivates young women engineers to persist, remain and thrive in the field.

Despite the Odds: Young Women Who Persist in Engineering, a collaborative study between DiscoverE and Concord Evaluation Group, uncovered a number of factors young women consider when choosing and persisting in pursuing engineering careers.  The Capitol Hill luncheon briefing, open to lawmakers, non-profits and corporations,  offers key findings from the report, identifies factors critical to engagement and retention of women engineers, and presents girls and women who will share their personal stories.  The event takes place from 12pm – 1pm at the Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms 2044 and 2045.

The event includes welcoming remarks by Michael Smith, D.Eng, Deputy Executive Director, The National GEM Consortium and Chair, DiscoverE Diversity Council.  An overview of Girl Day, including data points from an independent assessment of local Girl Day events, will be presented by Erin Mitchell, Industrial Engineer – New Product Introduction, Collins Aerospace. A presentation of findings from the Despite the Odds research will be led by Michaela A. Trenidad, Business Development, Nuclear, Security & Energy, Bechtel.

A panel discussion follows, led by high school student Katie Rahn, senior at the Academies of Loudoun in Leesburg, Virginia. The panel features Muirrin O’Connell, Pace University sophomore, as well as Jennifer Smith, Director for Raytheon’s Ft. Meade business which specializes in full-spectrum cyber operations development and support and large-scale cloud analytics development.  Rochelle L. Williams, PhD, Senior Director of Programs, National Society of Black Engineers and Bacilia Angel, Board of Directors, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers – D.C.; Group Leader, MITRE, complete the panel.

The annual Capitol Hill event is hosted by The Honorable Daniel W. Lipinski (D-Illinois), member of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology and Co-Chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Caucus.

Girl Day local events take place across the country and the world on February 20. The events connect girls with local engineer role models for an empowering, experiential day of hands-on fun and learning that opens up a world of possibility, inspires futures and has the potential to change lives. The events are packed with interactive workshops, lab tours, on-line discussions and more at businesses, universities, libraries and other venues.

Girl Day 2020 sponsors include 3M Foundation, Bechtel, Collins Aerospace, ExxonMobil Corporation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, NCEES, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, TE Connectivity, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc and the United Engineering Foundation.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

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