Women in an Engineering Work Environment

I am Ethel, a Nigerian. Please, I would like to know how as a woman you fare in the world of engineering. What are some good colleges and universities to study mechanical engineering around the world? Thank you.
posted by Ethel on April 2, 2012

Answer by Panadda Marayong

Hi Ethel. To answer your question about being a woman engineer, the answer is very dependent on where you are and what field of engineering you are in. All I can tell you is just from my experience in the United States. Unfortunately engineering is still a male-dominant field, though it is improving and there is a huge effort in encouraging more women in science and engineering. I know in some parts of the world, woman engineers are treated quite differently. I feel that it is very open in the US, and there are a lot of support systems out there now for women in technical fields. I believe that the most important thing is to enjoy it and have confidence in yourself and what you do. Then you can excel in anything anywhere. :) As for suggestions of good mechanical engineering programs, there are a lot of good undergrad schools out there. I would consult some online websites such as USNews.com if you would like to see some rankings. Though keep in mind that their ranking system is not always the best way to judge a school, but it will give you a start. I would go to the university website to find out more about any school and see if it will be a good fit for you in terms of class size, location, faculty/student ratios, financial aid, etc. Good luck! -Nim