Diversity makes engineering teams stronger. But women's participation remains well below men's at all degree levels and in all fields of engineering. Since 1993, the proportion of women in engineering has increased at all degree levels, but mostly at the master's and doctoral levels. In general, women earn larger proportions of degrees in chemical, materials, industrial, and civil engineering than in computer science and aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
Only about one-fifth of engineering degrees are awarded to women, according to the National Science Foundation and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, yet by 2022, the U.S. will need 1 million more STEM professionals than it is currently producing.
College of Engineering Programs
One of the keys to resolving the gender gap is getting girls interested in engineering earlier. The College of Engineering's K-12 Outreach and Recruitment department supports a number of innovative programs, including:
- Engineering Summer Camps for middle and high school students
- Future Girls @ the Beach mentoring and residential program
- MESA programs for low-income students
- STEM Day for middle school students
- Women Engineers @ the Beach for high school girls
- Engineering Girls @ the Beach for middle school girls
CSULB's Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department will be participating in the Anita Borg Institute's BRAID program this summer. Find out more.
Articles on the Gender Gap
- The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index Shows Gender and Racial Gaps Widening in STEM Fields
- Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works
- Women in Tech: Don't Even Try to Fit in a Man's World
- How Can We Encourage More Women to Study Computer Science?
- Shifts in Computer Science Interest
- How to Recruit and Retain Women in Tech Workplaces
In the News
- Future Girls @ the Beach: Encouraging Girls to Study Engineering
- Code Documentary Opens Gender Dialogue
- Hands-on Engineering Experience for Girls
- CECS Delegates Heading to Grace Hopper Celebration
- So You Want to Work at Facebook
- CSULB Opens Door for Girls in Engineering
- CSULB Holds My Daughter Is an Engineer Event
- Constructing a Passion for Engineering in Girls
- Girls Get Taste for Engineering at CSULB
- CSULB Hosts Engineering Program for Girls