Engineering: It’s not just a man’s world any more.

October 24, 2016

While women have always been in the minority in the civil and geotechnical engineering disciplines, advances have been made in recent years, with better early exposure in High School and more women enrolling for college degree courses.  At Moretrench alone, 33% of new engineering hires are female.  However, many young women still wonder if there is a place for them in what is a male-dominated field.  Recently, Moretrench young engineers Rachel Kim, Victoria Webber and Julia Rizos visited Morristown High School in Morris County, NJ to talk about their career choices and the realities of being a woman in this profession.   “Our goal was to tell the students about the day-to-day life of a female engineer based on our own experience at Moretrench and to encourage them to explore the career opportunities that a civil engineering degree offers,” said Rachel Kim.  “This is a rewarding field. There is an opportunity to impact the world.”

Approximately 25 female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academy students attended the lunchtime presentation.  It seems that Rachel, Victoria and Julia definitely had an impact on the students. “The response was enthusiastic and they asked some really good questions,” noted Rachel.  ”Some students even stayed behind and asked about college applications!”