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Thursday, March 9, 2017

I'm Proud to Be...

Since yesterday was International Women’s day, I’m inspired to reflect on why I’m proud to be a woman studying engineering at Purdue.

  • …Motivated by Alumnae

Purdue alumnae go on to do amazing things! From Patricia Galloway, BSCE '78, who became the first female president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, to Mary Ellen Weber, BSChE ’84, who found success as a Shuttle Astronaut, women engineers from Purdue have made a tremendous impact on the world.

  • …Surrounded by Passionate People

Whether working on a group project for a class or attending a meeting for an organization, it’s clear to me that my fellow classmates are so grateful to attend Purdue, and they show that by working to go above and beyond expectations.  I respect my women classmates in engineering that don’t let their gender diminish their confidence in their abilities; they’re here because they love engineering and want to make a difference in the world.

  • …Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers

I hold the belief that it’s important to lead by example.  Additionally, I know that some girls are still deterred from pursuing careers in STEM, but I believe everyone is better off when women are in STEM.  As women engineers pioneered a way for me to find engineering, I hope to be an example for future young girls so they have the confidence to succeed in engineering if they choose to pursue it.

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