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Women in Tech: Where are they?


In this segment of KSMU's weekly series STEM Spots, offered in conjunction with the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, Dr. David Cornelison looks at gender diversity in the technology field.

As our department begins a new program in speech processing with the students from the local Go Caps program, I couldn't help but notice the lack of women in the group. As I have mentioned before, we are struggling to increase gender diversity within some technical fields, especially physics, engineering, and computer science. We sometimes worry that the university system may be erecting barriers without knowing it. However, with no women in a tech strand of nearly thirty high school students, it is apparent that the issues start earlier that that.

In the show we talk about ways we can work to increase the participation of women in these important technical fields.