February 2, 2006

Women in Science

In the U.S. workforce, 22 percent of scientists and engineers are female and less than 7 percent of electrical, aeronautical, and mechanical engineers are women. Why are so few young women entering the engineering and science fields? What can be done to encourage more women and minorities to enter these important careers?

Joan Cartan-Hansen discusses these issues with the Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University, Cheryl Schrader. Schrader was recently honored with the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.