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The Robotics Resource Center at WPI is designed to provide support to on-campus and off-campus activities and groups for projects and competitive robotics. The RRC hosts a number of robotics events each year, provides guidance and materials for student projects, and supports the Robotics Engineering major. The staff consists of Ken Stafford, Brad Miller, and Colleen Shaver.
Women in Engineering: Recruitment Challenges and Responses
“Why are academically prepared girls not considering or enrolling in engineering degree programs?” We know that girls are taking high school science and math courses at approximately the same rate as boys. Girls and the people who influence them do not understand what a career in engineering looks like and therefore don’t consider it as a career option. They believe engineering is for people who love both math and science. The common understanding among all audiences is that engineering is perceived to be a man’s profession and there is little to no encouragement for girls to consider engineering. When a girl asks, “what does an engineer do” the answer should not be the typical task oriented answer suitable for investment bankers. It should be an example of a real person living their daily life, with an accent on why this job is relevant to them and to the larger community.