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Feature: East River Pioneer

Emily Roebling was a proper Victorian wife, determined to remain in her husband’s shadow. Yet she became one of the world’s earliest female pioneers in engineering. Emily Roebling, as much as any single person, was responsible for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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EngineerGirl Ambassador Program for H.S. Students

EngineerGirl Ambassador program 2018Do you know a young high school woman who enjoys engineering and could serve as an inspiring role model for other girls? Encourage her to apply to be a National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl Ambassador. Ambassadors receive up to $250 to fund their project, a paid round-trip to the Society of Women Engineers national conference in Minneapolis, and leadership development and mentors. Apply by May 31, 2018.

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Meet Pamela McCauley: Entrepreneur & Engineer

Dr. Pamela McCauley BushThe road to becoming an engineer is rarely easy, but for Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush it was especially challenging. A welfare-supported teenage mother in high school, she repeatedly was told that higher education and a successful career were too much to hope for. Undaunted, she worked persistently towards her goal of becoming an engineer, ultimately earning a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and becoming a leading authority on ergonomics and disaster relief at the University of Central Florida.

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Teen Invents New Hurricane Damage Model

Alice Jiang and JPL's Jonathan Jiang hurricane damage modelersAlice Zhai’s curiosity about Hurricane Sandy’s destructiveness led to an outstanding high school science fair project – and a collaboration with a NASA scientist that produced a journal paper outlining a new statistical model for better predicting the economic damage from big storms.

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Girl Scouts add STEM Badges

Girl Scout badgesThey can earn badges for community service, first aid, hiking, and car maintenance. Now, some 1.6 million Girl Scouts of the USA will be able to qualify for a new set of badges – focused on STEM.

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Amazing Grace

Grace HopperRear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, pioneered computer programming languages, discovered the first computer “bug,” and retired as the Navy’s highest ranking, longest-serving female officer in history. They even named a naval destroyer after her.

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NASA’s Space Ace

Space AceHad the WNBA existed during her childhood, Aprille Ericsson jokes that she might have gravitated to pro basketball as a profession. Instead, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native became an aerospace engineer and NASA’s first African American Ph.D. rocket scientist.

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A Woman Who Made Work Easier

Lillian Gilbreth stampShe pioneered the field of time-motion studies and was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Yet industrial engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth remains best known as the domestic engineer who presided over her family in the beloved children’s classic written by two of her 12 children: Cheaper By The Dozen.

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Million Women STEM Mentors

Million Woman Mentors logoMillion Women Mentors (MWM), a collaborative initiative launched for National Mentoring Month in January, aims to raise interest – and participation in stem by matching 1 million female engineers, scientists, and other successful STEM professionals with women and girls aspiring to pursue STEM degrees and careers.

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