According to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 20 percent of engineering school graduates are women, yet they make up only 11 percent of practicing engineers. SWE also cites that one in four female engineers leave the field after age 30, compared to just one in 10 male engineers.
High schools and universities are committed to curbing this trend, collaborating to encourage more female students to pursue a career in STEM fields. And it’s imperative that the engineering business community do its part as well.
Walnut Creek-based dk Engineering, a regional leader in engineering, planning and surveying celebrating its 40th year of business, strongly touts inclusiveness and diversity as a hallmark of its mission and is proud to have incredible talent in all facets of the organization. Its management team concurs with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) Business Group report that says, a more diverse workforce will maximize innovation, creativity and competitiveness.
“Despite the reality that the architectural and engineering industry has been largely male-dominated for decades, at dk we don’t subscribe to stereotypes and are extremely proud that our most-valued professionals are both female and male,” said Andy Palffy, President of dk Engineering. “About half of our firm’s engineering roles are held by women, not to mention they fill many other critical service and technical areas in our firm; it’s wonderful to have such a talented group of women be a significant part of our local staff and contribute so much to our success.”
In honor of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th 2019, dk Engineering is launching a new series on “Women in Engineering” which spotlights a few of the female engineers and surveyors in its Walnut Creek office who are making an impact in the field.