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WOMEN IN ENGINEERING - Illustration by I-Shan Chen - Compiled by Michael Gibbons
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

Just over 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering go to women, and those numbers are relatively unchanged over the past five years. But in some specific fields, the percentages are much higher. For example, women earn almost 46 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in biomedical engineering and 40 percent in environmental engineering. The number of women earning undergraduate engineering degrees last year totaled 14,797; 8,724 earned master’s degrees, and 1,175 were awarded doctoral degrees.

Statistics compiled by Michael Gibbons for the American Society for Engineering Education. Learn more at: www.asee.org/colleges





Degrees Awarded by Gender in 2004

  Bachelor’s Master’s Doctoral
Women
20.3%
21.9% 17.8%
Men
79.7% 78.1% 82.2%

Statistics compiled by Michael Gibbons for the American Society for Engineering Education. Learn more at: www.asee.org/colleges


Schools With the Highest Percentage of Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded to Women in 2004 *


School %
Tuskegee University 45.3%
Mercer University 44.7%
Alabama A&M University 41.2%
North Carolina A&T University 40.8%
Howard University 40.7%
Miami University 38.4%
Tennessee State University 37%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 34.7%
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 33.6%
Southern Methodist University 33%
Prairie View A&M University 32.7%
Southern University and A&M College 32.4%
Morgan State University 32.2%
Stevens Institute of Technology 31.9%
University of Alabama-Huntsville 31.1%
University of Iowa 30.6%
Cooper Union 30.6%
Stanford University
30.1%
William March Rice University
29.3%
Brown University
29.2%

*Minimum of 50 total bachelor’s degrees awarded

Statistics compiled by Michael Gibbons for the American Society for Engineering Education. Learn more at: www.asee.org/colleges




Percentage of Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded to Women by Discipline in 2004



Discipline %
Biomedical 45.5%
Environmental 40.6%
Agricultural 37.1%
Chemical 36.5%
Industrial/Manufacturing 34.6%
Architectural 31.9%
Metallurgical & Materials 31.2%
Engineering Management 28.8%
Eng. Science & Eng. Physics 24.2%
Civil 23.1%
Petroleum 22.7%
Engineering (general) 20.8%
Mining 20%
Aerospace 17.9%
Computer Science (outside engineering) 17.3%
Computer Science (inside engineering) 17.2%
Nuclear 16.3%
Electrical/Computer 16.1%
Electrical 15%
Mechanical 13.7%
Computer Engineering 12.1%
Engineering Technology 11.7%

Statistics compiled by Michael Gibbons for the American Society for Engineering Education. Learn more at: www.asee.org/colleges




 

FEATURES
COMPETING FORCES - By Alvin P. Sanoff
MAKING IT THROUGH THE MAZE - By Mary Lord
OPENING DOORS - By Alice Daniel
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COMMENTS
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TECH VIEW: Think Big, Teach Small - By Mary Kathleen Flynn
TEACHING TOOLBOX
CIRCLE OF SUPPORT - Engineering schools are developing programs to help their female students fit in. - By Margaret Loftus
BOOK REVIEW: The World Is Flat - By Robin Tatu
RESEARCH: A More Perfect Union - By Gary S. Was
ON CAMPUS: A Human Touch - By Lynne Shallcross
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LAST WORD: All in the Family - By Gary A. Gabriele and Jennifer Currey
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#01 Percentage of Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded to Women by Discipline in 2004 Schools With the Highest Percentage of Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded to Women in 2004 *