Corporate partners and sponsors play a significant role in the development of undergraduate programs and campus activities for engineering and computer science students. Donations from companies like Halliburton make programs like "Ladies & Legos" possible for our female students.
The "Ladies and Legos" program is a fun and casual way to bring together women at different stages of their academic and professional careers to talk about their experiences in the classroom and workplace. Many women in STEM fields do not have an arena to discuss the unique challenges women face in male-dominated industries. These opportunities to create dialogue encourages gender diversity in the workforce and empowers women to succeed.
Women make up about 23 percent of the nearly 1,200 undergraduates in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. The hope is that programs like "Ladies and Legos" will stimulate community between ECS students, faculty and women already in the STEM industry and attract more prospective students, ultimately increasing the number of women in technological industries.