The Faculty of Applied Science, in partnership with Goldcorp, established the Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering at UBC to encourage and develop gender parity in UBC Engineering programs and the engineering profession.
The long-standing underrepresentation of women in engineering education and careers is a significant challenge for the profession. In Canada, women currently account for less than 20% of students in university engineering programs and only 11% of registered professional engineers. Women represent an underutilized talent pool of potential engineers from which industry and the profession could derive significant economic and cultural benefits, in addition to addressing an anticipated national shortage of skilled engineers.
The Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering is designed to catalyze a transformation in the way that engineering is perceived and understood, so that young women see engineering as not only a possible and feasible educational and career path, but also an inspiring and exciting opportunity.
“Engineering is a creative, engaging and rewarding profession about solving problems, designing solutions and helping our communities. It is a critically important profession, and I believe if everyone understood what we do, equal numbers of young men and women would aspire to careers in engineering.” – Sheryl Staub-French, Goldcorp Professor in Women in Engineering