ENGR 49400: Gender in the Workplace

Tell me more about ENGR 49400

Research has shown that women earn less than men for the same job in which both candidates are equally qualified. Salary rate increase and possible promotions may also be hindered from a lack of understanding or adjustment to the workforce climate. This course engages students in the practice of professional development skills to maximize the earning potential and promotion opportunities of female engineers while studying the transition in climate and culture from academia to workforce. Understanding and adapting to this new environment early will improve our engineering graduates' workforce experience, promotion and professional growth opportunities, and overall retention of women in engineering and related fields.

Individuals of all races, genders, and backgrounds are welcome. Class is held in person on the West Lafayette campus.

Scheduling ENGR 49400

ENGR 49400 is offered each spring for junior and senior engineering students. This course may not be repeated. 

What are the advantages to taking ENGR 49400?
Enrolled students will:
  • Become aware of and discuss solutions for internal and external barriers which can prevent women from reaching their greatest potential in the workforce
  • Enhance professional development and transition skills required to move successfully from an academic to professional environment
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to serve as engineering role models/ambassadors for diverse populations
Meet the Instructors

Instructor (pictured above): Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Women in Engineering Program

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