Women in the engineering industry remain vastly underrepresented. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 13% of active engineers in 2019 were women.
Trends reveal that these statistics are changing. According to the Society of Women Engineers, 36,453 women obtained bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science in 2016 — a 53% increase over the 23,606 who obtained degrees in 2011. In 2017, that number continued to climb, as 21.8% of undergraduate engineering students were women, and 20.6% of undergraduate engineering degrees were awarded to women.
Engineered Systems is on a crusade to further push this momentum forward. Two years ago, we showcased 20 of these individuals in our inaugural 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC contest. Last year, we continued this coverage, highlighting another set of 20 accomplished females. We’re excited to announce the contest is returning in 2021. In the January 2021 issue of Engineered Systems, which will be distributed at the 2021 AHR Expo in Chicago, we’ll announce our next set of 20 leading ladies.
For more information on the 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC contest, contact editor-in-chief, Herb Woerpel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.