RALEIGH - Designing
bridges, solving environmental problems and improving traffic flow are just
some of the creative challenges engineers at the North Carolina Department of
Transportation tackle each day.
The profession can
be a great fit for girls with a flair for design and construction, a message NCDOT
engineers will be taking to high school students beginning
Monday with a series of workshops across the state to encourage more girls to consider
According to the National Science Foundation, only 11
percent of practicing engineers are women, a fact that NCDOT Transportation Engineer Nazia Sarder blames on the misperception that it is
a "man's profession."
Sarder, 25, said it can
be a perfect choice for young women interested in creative design.
"There are many things engineers do most girls
don't know about," Sarder said. "You can build bridges and design roads,
or you can help reduce air pollution. The opportunities are so broad. "
Sarder, who switched her major to engineering from
architecture after learning more about the options, said she is eager to share
her experiences with other young women.
She and other female engineers from NCDOT will participate
in workshops in Greenville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. The events
will include a panel discussion about various engineering fields, such as construction,
traffic management and environmental engineering.
Students also will have a chance to participate in
experiments involving engineering principles, such as those required for
roadwork and bridge building.
The schedule for the upcoming series of workshops is: Monday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pitt County Agricultural Extension Auditorium 403 Government Circle Greenville Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center 2327 Tipton Drive Charlotte Thursday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. NCDOT Training and Development Center 313 Chapanoke Drive Raleigh Thursday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forsyth Tech, Mazie Woodruff Center 4905 Lansing Drive Winston-Salem
Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement to
help girls understand the creative and collaborative nature of engineering and
how engineers are changing our world.
Feb. 23 has been designated as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day by
the Engineers Week Foundation.
Engineers Week, which takes place Feb. 19-25 this year,
celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a
catalyst for outreach events across the country
Media interested in attending these events should contact the
NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660