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NCDOT Encourages Girls to Consider Careers in Engineering

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 the profession.

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



2/15/2018 5:26 PM