Women in Engineering

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The Rise of Women in Engineering


The University of Miami College of Engineering is a leader in promoting women in engineering. In 2018, 31% of the undergraduate student body is female, the College has welcomed its first woman Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Victoria Coverstone, and two of the associate deans are women: Dr. Derin Ural and Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele. However, the College recognizes that there is much work to do to support women students and women in engineering professions.

As of 2014 nationwide, only 7.9% of women freshmen expressed intentions to major in engineering, math, statistics or computer science. Over 32% of women who begin a STEM degree program switch out during college, and only 30% of women who earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering are still working in engineering 20 years later.

The Women in Engineering program is comprised of a Leadership Council of UM CoE alumnae, student members of the UM SWE Chapter, and friends and faculty who wish to support women engineers. Throughout the year there will be mentoring and networking opportunities. The primary goals of the organization are to retain women engineering students and support engineering alumnae.

Our Mission

The University of Miami College of Engineering Women in Engineering program seeks to celebrate the rich history of women engineering students at UM, support women alumnae in the professions and faculty, and facilitate mentorship and networking opportunities.