Women continue to pass on careers in engineering, where they are more under-represented now than they were a decade ago, and are not exactly flocking to careers in the sciences either. Perhaps some women are not aware of the enormous range of opportunities within engineering and the sciences. Lots of information on these career options will be available on Friday, February 10, at 10 a.m. at a free forum being hosted by Princeton University, and held in the convocation room of the Friend Center. Call 609-258-9754 for more information.

The conference, sponsored by the student group Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE), an association of graduate students, features a leadership workshop as well as panels on career choices and advice on balancing work life with family life.

“This is an excellent opportunity for women in science and engineering to either find a mentor or to become one,” Sonya Nikolova, a graduate student in computer science at Princeton, said in a prepared statement.

Nikolova said the forum would allow women to discuss, in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, challenges they might face in their careers as members of an under-represented minority in science and engineering professions.

Maria Klawe, dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, (who will soon leave that post to assume her new duties as president of Harvey Mudd College), gives a welcome address. Panelists from industry include Corinna Cortes, a research scientist at Google, Florence Hudson and Tal Rabin of IBM, Cosema Crawford of New York City Transit, and Ann Von Lehman of Telcordia Technologies.

Princeton engineering professors Maria Garlock, Claire Gmachl, Naomi Leonard, and Jennifer Rexford — along with professors from the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and Columbia — are scheduled to talk about their experiences in academe.

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