SME Education Foundation nominee, Melissa Meyer, engineering student at University of Wisconsin, has been selected a College Edition nominee for the New Faces of Engineering Program
DEARBORN, Mich., (February 20, 2014) — The SME Education Foundation has nominated Melissa Meyer for the Collegiate Edition of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering. The program recognizes exemplary undergraduate engineering students, with the winners receiving scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. The winners
Melissa is a senior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she maintains a 3.4 GPA in the Geological Engineering program. She has studied nuclear engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and received a Shell Undergraduate Research Fund Grant.
Melissa’s decision to become an engineer was influenced by
The Engineering Gender Gap
While women now account for 57
Motivating more women and girls to consider careers in engineering is critical. In their December 2012 report, Roadmap for Manufacturing Education, The Manufacturing Institute made a strong case for how the U.S. is at risk for losing its competitive edge by allowing talent to be “lost throughout the various stages of the educational pipeline.”
This shortage affects every aspect of the manufacturing process. Since manufacturing is a major driver of productivity growth (increasing at two and one-half times the rate of the service sector) the impact of an industry being unable to perform at full capacity due to a workforce shortage becomes disturbingly clear.
The need to encourage more young women to consider an engineering career has given rise to numerous girl-only summer camps and events such as Girl Day. This one-day event introduces girls to the creative and collaborative aspects of engineering and was started by DiscoverE (formerly known as the National Engineers Week Foundation). Girl Day takes place February 20th. Events are scheduled nationwide.
About the SME Education Foundation
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at smeef.org. Also visit CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers and ManufacturingisCool.com, our award-winning Web site for young people. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter.
DiscoverE works year-round to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession critical to public health, safety, and welfare. The foundation supports engineering outreach, education, and celebration through a network of thousands of volunteers in its partner coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant. The foundation and coalition are actively putting the E in STEM. For more information, visit discovere.org.
Jennifer Richmond, SME Education Foundation, (313) 425-3306, firstname.lastname@example.org;