BFIT's Women In Technology Student Organization. Fall 2017.
While March was Women’s History Month, here at BFIT many are continuing conversations about how to increase the numbers of successful women working in the STEM fields. At a recent presentation entitled “Why So Few Women Are Interested in Mechanical Engineering Technology,” Thomas Naderi, Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Department, cited research including one particular study by the University of Colorado where 1/3rd of female students had dropped out of their engineering program by their junior year. Naderi’s presentation suggested solutions to reverse this trend— emphasize the practical ways that STEM can be used to solve real world problems and improve people’s lives and communities, and center social responsibility and caring for others at the heart of the profession. Naderi points to his own work in biomedical engineering as an example of grounding STEM in compelling societal issues and caring for others. He works to design wheelchairs, artificial knees, and hips for the elderly at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Musculoskeletal Research.