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Release Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:15 PM
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Howard Hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

WASHINGTON -The Society of Woman Engineers Howard University Chapter hosted the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Friday, Feb. 21. The event was part of a nation-wide initiative of the National Engineer Week Foundation to address the issue of underrepresentation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is Howard’s 13th year of hosting the event.

Stephanie Hill, president of Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil product line, was the keynote speaker of the day.

“This year’s event was a great success in both the hands-on activities and the encouraging message from Stephanie Hill,” said Sonya Smith, Ph.D. chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-coordinator of the event.  “ She is a great example and an inspiration for young women.”

This year’s theme was “Inspiring Imagination, determining destination.” Forty girls, ages 11-16 years old, from four local high schools were engaged in activities relating to
STEM such as exploring nanotechnology and creating their own lipstick. The event also emphasized the impact of STEM careers on everyday life as well as helped to bridge the gap of women in STEM by encouraging girls to enjoy and study math and science.

Contibuting Writer: Veranique Hudson



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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