Latina professionals played a key role at the 43rd National Convention of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in Phoenix, where engineers Lizette Saenz, Elise Rivas and other women were among the panelists. During her panel, Rivas discussed the convention's theme, "poderosa," and said power is about becoming a problem solver and learning new talents, not necessarily earning a specific title.
The Missouri University of Science & Technology's chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host its "Si Se Puede!" event this weekend to show high school juniors and seniors the STEM opportunities available at the university. The event will include a campus tour, networking workshops and information on the admissions and financial aid processes.
International students earned about 22% of all US STEM degrees in the 2016-17 academic year, an increase from 11% in 1988-89, according to data from the Congressional Research Service. That number could decline in coming years as the number of international students enrolling in US colleges declined 9.6% from 2015-16 to 2017-18, data from the Institute of International Education shows.
Fab Lab El Paso's Mobile STEM Lab has been visiting middle schools in El Paso, Texas, and surrounding areas to give students a chance to try out everything from 3D laser scanners to virtual reality headsets. "It's a place where you can experiment, it's a place where you can let your imagination run wild," said Cathy Chen, co-founder and executive director.
Schools in Detroit are outpacing the rest of Michigan with computer science course offerings in an effort to prepare students for STEM careers. No school in the city offered AP computer science classes three years ago; now, 18 public and charter schools facilitate them.
The University of Georgia has joined the Aspire Alliance Institutional Change Network in an effort to improve STEM faculty diversity and foster inclusive educational practices. As a participating university, Georgia will review its policies and practices before designing and implementing plans to increase diversity among STEM faculty members.
More than one-quarter of all mechanical engineering jobs are concentrated in the Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles-Anaheim, Boston, New York and Houston metropolitan areas, according to May 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "According to the data, you have better luck finding a job and getting a good salary in places where there are already a lot of other engineers," writes Jeffrey Winters.
An artificial intelligence program revealed that engineers are commonly depicted through online images as white men in hard hats. In response, the UK's Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a campaign calling on online sources to update their images.
A group of female high-school students recently converged at Fermilab, a federal physics lab in Batavia, Ill., for the Wonderful Women in STEM conference. The event paired Fermilab scientists -- most of them women -- with the high-school girls to solve puzzles and riddles, engage in a scavenger hunt and explore career possibilities available in STEM.
Mexican student Israel Antonio Briseno Carmona heated recycled tires and additives into a putty-like mixture that produces calcium silicates to regenerate itself after coming into contact with water. Carmona plans to get the material certified for construction in Mexico.