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Women in Engineering Magazine, IEEE

Issue 1 • Date Summer 2008

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  • Front cover - IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine - Summer 2008 Vol. 2 No. 1

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 1
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  • Jumping into the robotics revolution (letter from the editor)

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 2 - 4
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  • IEEE WIE Clementina Saduwa Scholarship

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 2
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  • Entertainment and encouragement

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 6 - 10
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  • For the love of engineering

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 11 - 13
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    Features profiles of two women in engineering, Ferial El-Hawary and Andrea Okerholm. View full abstract»

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  • Education is the key to success for women

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 14 - 19
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    The participation of women in engineering, in spite of some increases in the last two decades, continues to be anemic. Between 1983 and 2000 the percentage of female engineers in the U.S. workforce rose from 5.8% to just 10.9%. The percentage of women receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering has hovered at around 20% for several years. No matter how we look at these numbers and at related statistics, the conclusion is that we are not moving toward parity; by and large, we are not moving at all. The efforts to understand why young women do not choose engineering as a career path and the various programs designed to reverse the course are numerous. Between 1993 and 2003, the U.S. National Science Foundation awarded 211 grants under the Diversity in Science and Education Program. Most of the grants addressed the disinclination of young women to choose engineering. View full abstract»

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  • Engineering the Magic

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 20 - 23
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    When the Enchanted Tiki Room opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 1963, it was, by all accounts, thrilling. Inside were dozens of talking flowers, totem poles, and birds - colorful macaws, toucans, and cockatoos - and together they performed a musical show by dancing and singing along to tunes like the "Hawaiian War Chant". Huge crowds visited the attraction, excited to get a look at these early Audio-Animatronics -"audio" meaning that sound triggered a series of mechanisms, like cams and levers, that caused a pneumatic valve to open and close, moving an eye, a beak, or part of the body in time with the music. In the end, Audio-Animatronics is about teamwork. Bringing characters like Lucky and WALLldrE to life, blending robotics with entertainment and aesthetics, is the result of a collaborative effort. View full abstract»

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  • Eye on Dubai: An engineering oasis

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 24 - 27
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    When we hear about Dubai, one of the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, the first thing that comes to mind is a tropical paradise for tourists and golf enthusiasts and indoor ski slopes. What we don't hear about is the Dubai that is an engineer's dream for its astounding industrial and technological innovations. Dubai has successfully accomplished some of the most unique and complex engineering feats in the world. During visit, the author learned that engineering careers are encouraged for women and that women were generally more informed about what roles engineers play in society at a younger age. View full abstract»

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  • Engineer/entrepreneur inspired by R2-D2

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 28 - 30
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    iRobot is a million-dollar robotics company that creates robots to handle dull and dangerous tasks. At iRobot, autonomy is key and as a result. The innovation is incredible. The home robotics division hosts what iRobot calls a "bake-off," in which employees have an internal design competition. View full abstract»

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  • The Ballet Mecanique and its computer- aided heritage

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 31 - 33
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    Electronic music is topping the charts these days. Electronic music is becoming so pervasive an art form that you might not even realize the impact it has on your life. Do you like the newest beats on the radio? Chances are the music has been mixed with the help of a computer or other form of engineered equipment to give it that beat that makes you want to dance. Electronic music has even been used in recent years to transform a part of history known as the Ballet Mecanique. This piece of music, written in the 1920s by composer George Antheil, was just a little ambitious for its time. It was intended for a percussion orchestra and 16 player pianos - automated instruments that play when the keys are activated by air pressure, under control of a long roll of perforated paper (no humans necessary!). But the music could not actually be played in this way. You cannot line up 16 player pianos and have them all stay together at the same speed. View full abstract»

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  • Autonomous vehicle development: No accident

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 34 - 37
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    The Insight Racing team in Cary, North Carolina, began turning a bright-blue Lotus Elise into a driverless vehicle that could compete in a robotic car race. The mission of DARPApsilas ldquoGrand Challengerdquo, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, is to develop technology with military applications. When, in 2001, Congress mandated that at least a third of all military vehicles be autonomous by 2015, the agency responded with a series of races, all with million-dollar prizes and open to anyone who could build a driverless robotic car. AnnieWay's car, silver VW Passat, was equipped with LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors that can find obstacles around the car, look for curbs and depressions in the road, and detect whether the vehicle is going uphill or downhill. The AnnieWay robotic car made it to the finals of the Urban Challenge where it competed for US$3.5 million in cash prizes. The AnnieWay's Passat was custom made so that it could switch between manual and autonomous driving. View full abstract»

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  • Creating a chemical

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 38 - 40
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  • Teaching technical literacy

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 41 - 43
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    Many kids - especially girls - don't believe they can succeed in math and science, and test scores reveal that U.S. students lag behind their peers in other countries when it comes to scientific literacy. The problem with the way we think about math, science, and engineering education, begins with a basic problem in the way these subjects are taught. In math, for instance, students tend to do the problems in class or do some for homework, have a test on Friday and go on to the next topic. Never have they connected why they just learned what they did, what they use it for. We need to teach kids that knowledge has a connection. View full abstract»

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  • Preparedness is a key to success (career advisor)

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 44 - 50
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    The author discusses why more women are not in senior management roles. He also gives the inside scoop on how to get noticed on the job and move up the ranks. Advice includes: establish a plan and follow it, protect against legal problems, and learn to understand the people with whom you deal. A career coach offers tips to help you yet the recognition you deserve. View full abstract»

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  • Bringing real-world relevance into engineering classrooms

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 51 - 56
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    The IEEE's Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee and Educational Activities Board (EAB) are teaming up to provide universities with hands-on projects designed to encourage women to pursue degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. The IEEE initiative aims to change the way engineering is taught by introducing practical projects in freshman classes. It calls on the IEEE to work with educators to develop hands-on projects and online workshops for freshmen. The initiative also calls for developing online workshops that showcase the best teaching practices found in electrical and computer engineering and computer science classrooms. The goal is to develop educational strategies that focus on the learner rather than on just the concept being taught, an approach known as learner-centered teaching. Other educational strategies include those focused on students working on team projects. View full abstract»

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  • Options opening up for more women

    Publication Year: 2008 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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    The paper presents the experience of Ramalatha Marimuthu in the field of communications and her goal in spreading telecommunication engineering education in India. View full abstract»

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Aims & Scope

IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine is the first magazine to focus on issues facing women who study or work in IEEE’s fields of interest.

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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Karen Panetta
Tufts University