Why Aren't More Women in Science and Engineering


The Springfield IEEE Section will host a technical presentation and dinner meeting on March 12th at Priya Indian Cusine for IEEE members and guests. Following the meal, Dr. Kathy Aidala, Professor of Physics, Chair of the Physics Department and Engineering Committee, and Director of the Makerspace at Mount Holyoke College will make a presentation on why aren't more women in engineering. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm with appetizers and a cash bar. Dinner will consist of a buffet with meat and vegetarian choices.

Please note that the actual start time is 5:30pm.  This is a bug in the IEEE Vtools site.

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  • 460 Memorial Dr
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts
  • United States 01013
  • Building: Priya Indian Cuisine
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  • Ken Harstine, phone: 860-896-2051

  • Starts 30 January 2018 12:46 PM
  • Ends 12 March 2018 05:46 PM
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Dr. Kathy Aidala

Dr. Kathy Aidala of Mount Holyoke College


Why aren't more women in science and engineering?

We will begin by understanding the question itself, and why engineering, computer science, and physics seem to be different from other sciences.   Are there biological differences in personality or ability that impact women's participation in engineering?  Does society actively or passively discourage women from pursuing careers in science?  Can bias and discrimination explain the underrepresentation of women?  Anecdotal explanations abound, but I will present some of the more compelling evidence that supports or refutes the various arguments you have likely heard.  We will end with a discussion of what can be done.  


Katherine Aidala is a Professor of Physics, Chair of the Physics Department and Engineering Committee, and Director of the Makerspace at Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts college in western Massachusetts.  She completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in applied physics and psychology at Yale University, and received her PhD in applied physics from Harvard University in 2006 in experimental condensed matter physics.  She received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), as well as the NSF CAREER award in 2010, and was named a Cottrell Scholar of 2009 by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement.  Her research uses scanning probe microscopy to study fundamental properties of a range of material systems.  She teaches a seminar course on Gender in Science, and is the founder and host of SciTech Café, holding monthly events that bring scientists into an informal setting to discuss their work with the general public. 


5:30 pm - Social

6:00 pm - Announcements

6:15 pm - Dinner

6:45 pm - Presentation