Sixty young women will discover firsthand what software engineering and coding are all about at the University of Waterloo this Saturday, February 21.

Hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, Go CODE Girl aims to ignite interest in software and computer engineering at a time when students are thinking about their future careers and are choosing courses that will prepare them for further education.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Educating girls about engineering

As a young girl, Jennifer Howcroft loved science as much as she loved helping people so she always assumed she’d become a medical doctor.

But when she heard about biomedical engineering in her teens, Howcroft knew she had found her true calling.  Biomedical engineering allowed Howcroft, now a doctoral student in Waterloo’s Department of Systems Design Engineering, to blend her passion for creating and building with her drive to improve the lives of people.

Alison Scott, a chemical engineering MASc candidate, has been awarded the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation's Vale Scholarship. Each year the prestigious scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to one woman enrolled full-time in an engineering master’s program at a Canadian university.

Scott, who graduated with her BASc in chemical engineering from Waterloo in 2013, is described as a great ambassador for engineering by Mary Wells, engineering's associate dean, outreach.