Jamieson to discuss women in STEM at White House roundtable

July 9, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Leah Jamieson, Purdue University’s John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, will travel to the White House on Thursday (July 9) for a roundtable discussion on ways to increase the involvement of women and girls, as well as other underrepresented groups, in STEM fields of study.

Jamieson was invited by the White House Council on Women and Girls to take part in this discussion, in which representatives from universities across the United States will share best practices for inclusive STEM education and STEM career-readiness initiatives.

The Purdue College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering Program, established in 1969, was the nation’s first program dedicated to helping women succeed in engineering fields through mentoring and career development. Due in large part to its work helping women and girls “discover their inner engineer,” the college has seen a 51 percent increase in female undergraduate enrollment in the last 10 years.

Purdue awards the fourth most degrees to female graduates in engineering fields and the most degrees to female graduates in engineering technology of any university in the United States.

This marks the second time in just over a week that a Purdue official has been invited to the nation’s capital. On June 30, Suresh Garimella, the university’s executive vice president for research and partnerships, was invited by Vice President Joe Biden to attend an event in honor of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff

Source: Leah Jamieson, lhj@purdue.edu 

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