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March 19, 1999

Purdue sponsors Women in Engineering Career Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Women in Engineering Career Day for high school girls in their junior year will be held at Purdue University on Monday, April 12.

The daylong event, sponsored by Purdue's Schools of Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers, is open to the first 250 girls who register. The cost is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is March 31. Parents and teachers also may register.

The career day will give students information about the various areas of engineering. Students will be able to talk with practicing women engineers and Purdue women engineering students and faculty.

Debra Hockemeyer, a Purdue industrial engineering alumna, will deliver the keynote speech at a noon luncheon. She is director of application development at DreamWorks SKG, the new movie studio formed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. She previously worked at Universal Studios and IBM.

Parents and teachers will participate in most of the sessions with the students, but they will have separate question-and-answer sessions with engineering faculty and staff and with staff from the Division of Financial Aid.

To register, contact a high school counselor or Susan Umberger at Purdue's Division of Conferences, (765) 494-7217 or (800) 359-2968, Ext. 92U;

Purdue is the nation's leader in the education of women engineers. It has graduated more than any other university, and more than 1,300 women are enrolled currently as engineering majors.

CONTACT: Jane Daniels, director of Purdue Women in Engineering Programs, (765) 494-3889,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; e-mail,

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