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Do Female Engineering Students Need Training in Handling Sexism/Ageism?

on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 18:00

By Marilynn Larkin

The answer is “yes,” according to two Drexel University engineering students—and these young women are not alone:  a recent MIT study found that, in the United States, “20% of undergraduate engineering degrees are awarded to women, but only 13% of the engineering workforce is female.” This statistic may be due, at least in part, to the study’s findings that “women often feel marginalized, especially during internships, other summer work opportunities, or team-based educational activities,” which may serve as a catalyst for leaving engineering when it’s time to embark on a

Gearing Up for the Engineering Academic Challenge: How Everyone Wins

on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 17:33

By Marilynn Larkin

The Hollywood movie, “The Martian,” opens with a dust storm. How long do such dust storms usually last?

As an R&D engineer with Autodesk, you are developing a CAD system to algorithmically optimize mechanical performance of a 3D-printed metal-lattice structure? Which machine learning technique best avoids the problem of deception?

These are just two examples of the real-world questions thousands of engineering students from hundreds of institutions around the world will face in the upcoming Knovel/Engineering Village Academic Challenge (EAC). The answers are in multiple-choice