Mentors Help Bridge the Gender Gap in Engineering

At school and at work, women with mentors are more likely to succeed

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Mentors Help Bridge the Gender Gap in Engineering
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During Estefania Ortiz’s first internship as a freshman computer science major, the Stanford University student felt frustrated, insecure, and unsuccessful.

But when she sought a mentor’s advice three-quarters of the way through her internship, she received valuable guidance on what to expect and how to salvage the experience. Managers are not like teachers, her mentor taught her, and she shouldn’t expect encouragement and regular feedback.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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