At UWM, alumnae inspire next generation of women engineers

At UWM, alumnae inspire next generation of women engineers

Thirty College of Engineering & Applied Science alumnae gathered Aug. 1 at the Global Water Center for the third annual alumnae networking social. The cornerstone of the event was a chance for alumnae to be role models for the next generation of women engineers, particularly the 20 high-school girls also in attendance as part of EnQuest.

EnQuest is a week-long, all-girl engineering summer camp for high school students hosted by Engineering & Applied Science—that encourages young women to consider careers in engineering and the sciences. During the camp, young women learn about opportunities in engineering, work with women engineers, visit engineering offices and labs, experience life on a college campus, form supportive friendships and carry out a real world sustainable technology project.

“Informally talking with our alumnae helps EnQuest campers imagine themselves working as engineers,” says Chris Beimborn, EnQuest coordinator. “The alumnae provide inspiration, advice, and even invitations to visit them at the workplace. It opens the door to the variety of jobs within the discipline.”

It’s estimated that 75 percent of UWM’s EnQuest campers later enroll in college engineering programs.

The event was organized by the college and UWM’s Development Office and was sponsored by Eaton Corporation, Dedicated Computing and We Energies.

To learn more about EnQuest,click here.