Twenty-five aspiring female engineers and computer scientists from The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) Girls in Engineering Summer Program visited the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science this month for personalized tours of the engineering and computer science labs and hands-on demonstrations with students and faculty. The group of 9th graders had an up close look at cutting edge technology and learned about the opportunities available to girls entering STEM fields.
Biomedical engineering student, Christine Crosfield ’18 invited the girls into the Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab’s Tissue Culture Facility where they were able to view mouse endothelial cardiac cells under a microscope.
“When I was young, I used to be in awe of college students who spoke about their experiences as engineering students,” Crosfield said. “I know how influential that was for me and I was very happy to offer these girls the same opportunity.”
Margaret Hunter, associate professor and assistant chairperson of the engineering department helped organize the event.
“Many young women in high school do not know what an engineer does or that there are many different types of engineering,” she said. “Having positive experiences with female role models can increase interest in STEM in young women.”