Women in the SolidWorks Community Reflect on their Start in Engineering

CONCORD, Mass., USA, Feb. 24, 2011 – What do the circular saw, Liquid Paper, the COBOL programming language, square-bottom paper bags, the dishwasher, the windshield wiper, and strong-as-steel Kevlar have in common? Women were integral in the invention or improvements of each of these.

That’s worth honoring today—Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Sponsored by the National Engineering Week Foundation to spotlight engineering as a career opportunity for women, this day dovetails with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.’s efforts to make SolidWorks® software accessible to girls and women everywhere.

Ann Wettersten has been introducing girls to engineering for two years. She’s the leader of the Space Cookies, an all-girl FIRST Robotics team (and Girl Scout Troop) open to any high school girl in Silicon Valley.

“Our motto is ‘Girls Engineering Tomorrow,’ ” says Wettersten, who has a mechanical engineering background herself. “This is about empowering girls and providing the opportunity to experience real-world engineering in a fun and challenging environment. We want to inspire girls to apply the science and math they are learning in school to creatively solve complex problems. This is the future generation of female technology leaders.”

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http://www.solidworks.com/sw/news/167_11052_ENU_HTML.htm?fromrss=1&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SolidworksPressReleases+%28SolidWorks+Press+Releases%29

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