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Our accomplished and capable Class of 2018!

 

In 2004, Smith College made history when 19 women graduated as part of the first class of engineers ever from an all-women’s ABET-accredited engineering program. The reasons for starting an engineering program at an all-women’s college are compelling. As a creative endeavor at the intersection of design, science, and mathematics, engineering draws on nearly all aspects of the human experience, including our history, politics, economics, arts, and societal aspirations. The work of engineers both exacerbates and offers solutions to some of our gravest societal problems, including climate change, disease, resource limitations, and conflict.

Despite its central importance in society, engineering stands virtually alone as a professional degree with a small and declining participation by women. The Picker Engineering Program addressed this problem by utilizing the resources and expertise of a women’s college to create a positive learning environment for women to study engineering. The program also supports women by creating a supportive learning community, developing a flexible curriculum, providing female role models, including societal contexts in problem solving and using pedagogies that increase engagement.

 

The Picker faculty has developed an engineering program that responds to the challenges facing engineering education. Fundamental to the program is its setting in a liberal-arts environment in which students learn to contextualize engineering in the framework of bigger societal questions and to think in different ways as they collaborate on interdisciplinary teams. The program is also learner-centered in both its curriculum and pedagogy. Students work closely with faculty to design individualized plans of study that address both their learning goals and the technical requirements of the profession. Finally, throughout the program faculty apply research-based pedagogy to help students develop deep and integrated understanding of engineering concepts and the ability to work creatively with ideas to generate new theories, products and knowledge.

Events

 

Engineering Forums

 

All Forums are located in Ford Hall 240 and are held from 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm, unless otherwise noted. Food will be served at these events, and attendees are invited to bring their own beverage.

Academic Year 2018 - 2019

 

September 4, 2018: Engineering Information Session

September 13, 2018: Engineering Welcome Forum

October 4, 2018:  GPS 101 with Alina Pechacek '13

October 12, 2018: Alumnae Presentations

Octber 18, 2018: Engineering Presentations of the Mjors

October 25, 2018: Engineering Study Abroad Forum

November 15, 2018: Career Center Forum

November 29, 2018: Neilson Library Design Challenges

 

Engineering Liaison Events

 

Academic Year 2018- 2019

 

October 2, 2018: Liaison Resume Session

October 5, 2018: Mount Greylock Veterans War Memorial Tower Tour

October 12, 2018: Alumnae Council Tea

November 7, 2018: Facul-tea

November 29, 2018: S'mores with Sue

 

 

 

 

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