As we celebrate National Engineering Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), it is a fitting time to recognize and remember the remarkable women who have transformed the engineering profession and improved our world. In this Engineering Newsletter, we profile some of the incredible female students, alumni and professors from our own community who are breaking barriers in their careers and beyond.
At U of T Engineering, we are making great strides in improving our gender diversity: this year’s undergraduate first-year class reached 30.6% women—the highest in the province and a record for us. Similarly, our number of female faculty members has more than doubled in the past eight years, from 21 in 2006 to 44 in 2014. Our inclusive culture and targeted recruitment efforts attract the finest students and scholars.
Although our progress is significant, we still have a long way to go. This is why I am excited to announce the launch of a new “Say Yes to Engineering” website, part of a Faculty-wide effort to better profile for all of our applicants the breadth and achievements in engineering, and to inspire more female high school students to accept their offers to U of T Engineering. I encourage everyone in the Faculty to consider what you can do to support this effort and help us achieve improved gender balance in our undergraduate and graduate programs. We look forward to celebrating the continued success of these efforts in the Fall.