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How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers 634

Posted by Soulskill
from the other-than-million-dollar-signing-bonuses dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Lina Nilsson writes in an op-ed piece in the NY Times that she looks with despair at estimates that only about 14 percent of engineers in the work force are women. But there may be a solution to the disparity that is much simpler than targeted recruitment efforts. "An experience here at the University of California, Berkeley, where I teach, suggests that if the content of the work itself is made more societally meaningful, women will enroll in droves," writes Nilsson. "That applies not only to computer engineering but also to more traditional, equally male-dominated fields like mechanical and chemical engineering." Nilsson says that Blum Center for Developing Economies recently began a new program that, without any targeted outreach, achieved 50 percent female enrollment in just one academic year. In the fall of 2014, UC Berkeley began offering a new Ph.D. minor in development engineering for students doing thesis work on solutions for low-income communities. They are designing affordable solutions for clean drinking water, inventing medical diagnostic equipment for neglected tropical diseases and enabling local manufacturing in poor and remote regions.

According to Nilsson, women seem to be drawn to engineering projects that attempt to achieve societal good. She notes that MIT, the University of Minnesota, Penn State, Santa Clara University, Arizona State, and the University of Michigan have programs aimed at reducing global poverty and inequality that have achieved similar results. For example, at Princeton, the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders has an executive board that is nearly 70 percent female, reflecting the overall club composition. "It shows that the key to increasing the number of female engineers may not just be mentorship programs or child care centers, although those are important," concludes Nilsson. "It may be about reframing the goals of engineering research and curriculums to be more relevant to societal needs. It is not just about gender equity — it is about doing better engineering for us all."

Comment: Modifications from Esperanto's Ideas (Score 1) 626

I have taught myself limited Esperanto, and can tell you: It actually DOES have a lot of unnecessary exceptions.

So I would take the basic ideas of :

Keep:
* the correlatives -- in fact, make it COMPLETE (i tiam for "now", rather than "nun")
* the agglutination system -- in fact, use it MORE, and think through, carefully, the ontology of each word region -- make it as plane and ordinary as possible: this may take several decades from a team of collaborating resesarchers, but might result in a dramatically easier learning curve
* NO irregular verbs

Toss:
* the future tense (-os)
* the conditional tense (-us)
* basically, anything that comes from Latin
* EXCEPTIONS
* , or anything else that doesn't appear on a querty keyboard
* irregular nouns
* the Esperanto dictionary -- some overlap would be fine, but don't just import it (because we want a clean model of agglutinated nouns)

Add:
* limited vowel sounds -- constrain vowel sounds to Japanese's "a", "i", "u", "e", and "o" -- and NO syllable emphasis

Irrelevant:
* European vs. Asian basis -- I really don't think this is the obstacle people think it is.

Comment: Re:original used non-union actors (Score 1) 360

by antifoidulus (#49383379) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars
Also, seriously slashdot? An n with a tilde becomes "Ãf±"(which is A~+- as 2 characters, apparently the fuckitude of /. has infinite recursion of shittiness)?(ironically the A in that does have a tilde on it) I guess the /. version of what I was trying to say was "Sen~or Spielbergo". I leave moving the tilde to the top of the n as an exercise for the reader.

Comment: Re:I still don't know why ... (Score 1) 86

by antifoidulus (#49289539) Attached to: Nintendo Finally Working On Games for Smartphones
Although oddly enough they seem to retain most of their value(probably as collectors items).... My friend and I decided one day we were going to search the used game stores in Tokyo's Akihabara district to find a Pippin, and if it was affordable buy one. We eventually did find one, but it was 70,000 yen(about $800 or so back then, about $600 now), Needless to say we didn't buy it.

Comment: Re:Wired article wheel fire (Score 1) 208

Yes but an important difference between MH 370 and Helios was that with Helios the autopilot kept the plane on it's chartered course(it ran out of fuel circling the Athens airport). MH 370 not only diverted course, it diverted in a very peculiar fashion, seeming aimed to keep out of reach of radar. That hardly seems like it was done accidentally, and I doubt the autopilot would have picked such a course if the pilots were incapacitated.

Comment: Re:At last... (Score 1) 114

Eh, Steve wasn't so much an innovator as a man with implacable tastes who really knew how to get his way. THAT is really what led Apple down the path to where it is today. Steve would have never ever accepted something as buggy as OS X right now without screaming at people and ripping their heads off. Tim Cook just seems to think that software quality really isn't that important.

Comment: Re:At last... (Score 3, Insightful) 114

It's not just their upgrade...they seem to really want to replicate Microsoft in its heyday, huge company, really shitty software. They managed to fuck up DNS on OS X....how the fuck do you fuck up something as critical and (relatively) simple and stable as DNS?

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