Women in Technology provides support system for students

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When Resmi Krishnankuttyrema, mechatronics engineering technology instructor, started teaching at BGSU, she noticed that almost all of her classes lacked female students. She started a research study to understand the reasons behind such low enrollment of female students in technology majors in the college. In agreement with published research articles, the study showed that prior exposure to technology areas is critical to attracting female students to technology programs. The study also suggested that having a proper support system for females with the help of peers, faculty and industry mentors is very important for recruitment and retention.

KrishnankuttyRema was inspired to start Women in Technology, a new student organization to provide guidance and support to female students in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering (CTAAE) through exciting monthly forums, activities, networking and professional development opportunities. The group became active in Spring 2018 and is open to any CTAAE student who supports and encourages the presence of female students in technology majors offered in the college. 

Women in Technology plans to have at least one activity each month including University events, volunteer opportunities, panel discussions, college activities and more. Officers include president Afi Setut, aviation engineering technology; secretary Alexis Allen, electronics and computer engineering technology; and faculty mentor Krishnankuttyrema.

Students interested in joining Women in Technology may contact Krishnankuttyrema at resmik@bgsu.edu. We also welcome faculty, alumni and friends to support our students through speaking engagements and activities to motivate our students to thrive in technology fields.