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Science in Popular Culture. Myths About Engineering and Science 1. You have to be brilliant to be an engineer or scientist 2. Engineers and scientists.

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1 Science in Popular Culture

2 Myths About Engineering and Science 1. You have to be brilliant to be an engineer or scientist 2. Engineers and scientists don’t work with people 4. Engineering and science is for men only 3. Engineers and scientists pollute the atmosphere

3 Characteristics Associated with Engineers and Scientists Engineers %Scientists % Saves lives Sensitive to societal concerns Cares about the community

4 Ranking of Professions According to “Very Great Prestige” in 2006 Firefighter63% Doctor58 Nurse55 Scientists54 Teacher52 Military Officer51 Police Officer43 Farmer36 Engineer34 Memb. Of Congress28 Lawyer21

5 Car Heater Circular Saw Cooking Stove Disposable Cell Phone Disposable Diaper Drinking Fountain Device Electric Hot Water Heater Elevated Railway Fire Escape Kevlar Life Raft Liquid Paper Locomotive Chimney Practical Dishwasher Refrigerator Self-Cleaning House Wind Shield Wiper No patent yet Margaret Wilcox Tabitha Babbit Elizabeth Hawk Randi Altschul Marion Donovan Laurene O’Donnell Ida Forbes Mary Walton Anna Connelly Stephanie Kwolek Maria Beaseley Bette Nesmith Graham Mary Walton Josephine Cochran Florence Parpart Frances Gabe Mary Anderson

6 The Changing Domestic Talent Pool Source: CPST, data derived from U.S. Census Bureau © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

7 Women Increasing Their Share of Some STEM Bachelor’s Degree Fields © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

8 The Decline of Women in Engineering Evident for all Races/Ethnicities © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

9 Underrepresented minority share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1996 and 2006 Source: NSF/SRS, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. Data are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. 9

10 Women as a Percentage of Selected Occupations, 2007 © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

11 Minorities as a Percentage of Selected Occupations, 2007 © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

12 An International Comparison of Engineering Degree Production © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

13 Why is Diversity Important in Engineering? To Remain Globally Competitive To Provide for America’s National Security To Provide for America’s Future Economic Security Because it is an Asset To Account for a Changing Domestic Talent Pool Because It’s the Right Thing to Do © 2009 WEPAN, prepared by CPST, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.

14 Who Does Science? Who Will Do Science?

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16 Engaging America’s Intellectual Talent: The Status of Women and Minorities in Engineering Prepared for WEPAN By Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST), © 2009 WEPAN, Developed by WEPAN for member use only.


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