Why the nation needs more female engineers


“Are you sure you want to be a software engineer? You are such a people person. Won’t you be stuck working alone, staring at a computer for hours on end?”  Those were the questions that my sister asked as I declared my intent to pursue a software engineering degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), says Stephanie Hill, president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil division for the Washington Post. She was right–I am a people person. In fact, in high school I intended to pursue a career in psychiatry. But a college elective course–in COBOL programming–peaked my interest like nothing before. And with wonderful mentors who provided me a glimpse into various career opportunities, I shifted gears, full speed ahead into the world of engineering. I have not looked back since. As an African-American, female engineer, I’m certainly in the minority…

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