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Strategies for Retaining Female Engineers

Companies find that boosting diversity can help the bottom line

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Strategies for Retaining Female Engineers
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Women earned 49 percent of all science and engineering bachelor’s degrees, 43 percent of science and engineering master’s degrees and 40 percent of science and engineering doctoral degrees in 2014, reports the National Student Clearinghouse. Yet women make up less than 25 percent of the STEM workforce and only 10.5 percent of employed engineers. Researchers have found that workplace culture and women’s personal character traits play major roles in retention. So what are the things that make a difference?

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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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