Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Padua to add engineering course next year as part of effort to attract young women to male-dominated profession

Source: Community News

March 26, 2010

Wilmington, Del. — Padua Academy will add an Introduction to Engineering course to its curriculum for the 2010-2011 year.

In this course, students will be introduced to different engineering disciplines and, through project-based activities, will explore how engineers apply mathematics, communication skills, team work and creativity to problem solving.

Aware that Padua is introducing young women to the male-dominated field of engineering, Dover firm CABE Associates, Inc. invited Padua to attend the 2010 Engineers Week dinner and award ceremony held at the DuPont Country Club last month.

During a speech at the event, U.S. Sen. Ted KAUFMAN (D-Del.), the only engineer in the United States Senate, discussed the importance of encouraging students to pursue engineering as the best way to make a difference in the world.

“Engineers have always been the world’s problem solvers,” he said. “We just need to make students aware of that.”

He also stressed the importance of encouraging young women to study engineering: “While women earn 58 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, they constitute only 18.5 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering. We can, and must, do better.”

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