Women in Engineering Committee

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Women in Engineering Committee

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1990 -

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In 1988 the Council of Ontario Universities released a report regarding the under representation of women in science and technology programs. In response to this, Ryerson set up a committee to look into this issue and in 1990 the Women in Engineering Committee was established with representation from staff, faculty, and students. Peter Hiscocks, professor of Electrical Engineering, was the first committee chair.
The first "Discover Engineering" camp, aimed at grade 11, was held in the summer of 1991. In its second year there were four week long camp sessions. The camp continued, eventually including girls in grades 12 and OAC. The Women in Engineering program evolved, branching out from the camps in to include support programs for women enrolled in Ryerson Engineering programs, Discover Engineering one day high school workshops, and a Discover Engineering "Go ENG Girl!" one day conference for girls in grades 7-10 and their families to participate in.
In 2001 the Women in Engineering program won the Women in Engineering Program Award from the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN). It was the first time the award had ever been bestowed out of the U. S. A.
The Women in Engineering Program at Ryerson, under the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science currently (2018) offers the "Go ENG Girl" one day conference for boys and girls in grades 7-10; "Go CODE Girl" one day conference for grades 7-11; the Girl Guides Engineering badge day, and the "Eureka!" summer day camp. For current female Ryerson students in Engineering they provide support that includes career prep workshops and social events. Ryerson is also part of the WEMADEIT partnership with Hydro One, Motorola solutions, and the Universities of Waterloo, Western, and UOIT. They offer events such as Youth Think Tanks, and the Feats of Engineering day long workshops.

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