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Undergraduate Women Engineering Students Top 1,000

November 30, 2016

Undergraduate Women Engineering Students Top 1,000

Dean Shekhar Garde discusses milestone in recent article in Albany Business Review

While Rensselaer celebrated its largest class in history earlier this fall, it also marked another important milestone. For the first time in the Institute’s almost 200-year history, there are more than 1,000 women enrolled in the School of Engineering’s undergraduate programs.

In an article in the Nov. 28, 2016, issue of the Albany Business Review, Rensselaer School of Engineering Dean Shekhar Garde said that the young women represent approximately 30 percent of the student body in engineering. Nationally, the average percentage of women enrolled in university engineering programs is about 21 percent.

“One-dimensional perspective is not going to be sufficient enough to solve these big problems, and this is where we need diversity of thought, diversity of ideas, and diversity of approaches to solve these problems,” Garde told the Business Review. “I think women bring that diversity to the table.”

Garde said having more women in engineering can help advance the field of engineering and solve societal problems.

Read the full article: http://bit.ly/2ggtF7O