Category Archives: Women In Engineering

Solar energy jobs in Michigan jump 48% in 2016

LANSING – The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, a trade association for renewable energy companies, announced Monday that a new report from the Solar Foundation found that jobs in Michigan’s solar industry jumped by an impressive 48 percent from 2015 to 2016.

During that time, Michigan solar companies added more than 1,300 jobs, for a total Michigan solar workforce of 4,118.

This positions Michigan second in the Midwest both in terms of growth rate and number of individuals employed in the solar industry, Nationally, Michigan now ranks 15th in the number of solar jobs, up three spots since 2015. (Ohio leads the Great Lakes are with 5,831 solar jobs, and employment grew there 21 percent in 2016. Indiana had the fastest growth rate, 72 percent, but has the smallest number of solar jobs in the region, 2,700.)

Nationally, the Solar Jobs Census 2016 reported that solar employment has nearly tripled since 2010 and was up 25 percent over 2015, with the industry adding more than 21,000 jobs in 2015 for a total of more than 260,000 solar workers nationally. This is the fourth consecutive year of more than 20 percent national solar job growth. Last year, one out of every 50 jobs created in the United States was in the solar industry. Notably, solar now employs twice as many people as the entire U.S. coal industry, and the same number as work in natural gas.

The Michigan EIBC represents companies across the full range of the advanced energy sector, including advanced materials, biomass and biofuels, energy efficiency, energy storage, lighting, smart grid, solar, transportation, and wind.

More at www.mieibc.org.

COMPES Sets Professional Development Conference May 20

SOUTHFIELD — The Coalition of Minority Professional Engineering Societieis will hold its annual COMPES Professional Development Conference Saturday, May 20 at Ford Motor Co.’s Powertrain Engineering, Driveline and Manufacturing building, 29500 Plymouth Road in Livonia.

The theme of this year’s event is “Self-Driven Success.”

The event is presented by COMPES, made up of the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

More information about COMPES’ members is available at https://nsbedetroitprofessionals.org, http://www.swedetroit.org, or http://region6.shpe.org/.

Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation Expands to Grand Rapids

DETROIT  —  The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation has recently expanded, developing a West Michigan presence to further its mission to inspire and grow women in technology throughout the state. Four sponsors – Meijer, Open Systems Technologies, Gordon Food Services and Spectrum Health – have now joined the nonprofit from Michigan’s west side, to contribute to furthering the cause of diversification in the STEM field.

“To realize our vision of becoming the No. 1 state for women in technology, we need to expand our membership beyond our metro Detroit core,” said MCWT President Cindy Warner. “An enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer base mobilized to bring important professional development events and a selection of MCWT’s K-16 programming to the Grand Rapids region.”

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MCWT Seeks Nominations for Leading Women in IT

DETROIT – The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation is seeking nominations for its inaugural MCWT Woman of the Year in Technology award, to be presented at the organization’s Signature Gala Nov. 5 at Motor City Casino’s Sound Board theater.

The nonprofit organization will recognize a woman in Michigan leading or driving change for women in information technology careers or fields of study.

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Women Get First Hand Look At Auto Industry

HOUGHTON — When Jennifer Shute and Jody Hand took leadership roles in Michigan Technological University’s inaugural Women in Automotive Engineering (WIAE) program in July, one of their goals was to provide young women with something they didn’t have when they were students at Michigan Technological University — female role models in the automotive industry.

Women in Automotive Engineering, sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), was conducted by Tech’s Center for Pre-college Outreach as part of the Summer Youth Program (SYP). Both women work for FCA — Shute is product investigations manager in vehicle safety and regulatory compliance and Hand works as a reactive problem solving master blackbelt instructor.

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Duo Security, Michigan Theater To Screen Documentary On Women In Tech

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Theater will host Michigan’s first screening of a 2015 documentary on the lack of women in software careers, with the sponsorshiop of Duo Security, the Ann Arbor access security developer.

“Code: Debugging The Gender Gap” explores the dearth of female and minority software engineers in the United States and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrugh efforts that are producing more diversity in the programming industry, and shows how this gap can be closed.

The screening will take place at Michigan Theater Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of the Science on Screen series. Following the screening, there will be a panel of women working in the technology industry sharing their thoughts on the current state of women in the industry and discussing ways to bring more women and minorities into it.

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M2 TechCast Covers STEM Education For Girls And More

SOUTHFIELD — The Jan. 18 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast is now available for listening and download online.

The hourlong show’s first segment features Mark Becker, a partner at Grand Rapids-based tech consultants C/D/H, about the company’s Jan. 21 TechMash at its downtown Detroit office. The event will combine beer tasting and high-tech talk about enterprise systems and the cloud.

Next up was Tonya Matthews, CEO of the Michigan Science Center, about the center’s STEMinista program to boost interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers among girls.

Rachele Downs, vice president of entrepreneurial strategies at the women’s business group Inforum, was the guest in the third segment, talking about the organization’s InGAGE female entrepreneur training program.

The show wrapped up with veteran Detroit automotive journalist Marge Sorge, executive director of the Detroit Regional News Hub and its Detroit Unspun e-newsletter. The hub connects reporters with information and experts who can help them get the information they need to write complete, accurate stories about the Detroit area.

The M2 TechCast is a weekly podcast covering the people and technologies moving Michigan forward. It is hosted by Mike Brennan, owner of Michigan Technology News and its tech news blog, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of communications and public relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit, and managing editor of its tech news publication, http://www.techcentury.com.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time Mondays at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. It is available for download later in the week at www.soundcloud.com, iTunes and other outlets.

The M2 TechCast is part of the Podcast Detroit network of more than 30 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, from Podcast Detroit’s studios in Ferndale. The organization’s flagship podcast, IT in the D, airs live on the internet Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Deadline is Feb. 5 for MSU’s ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University College of Engineering welcomes fourth through eighth graders for “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 5.

Register at this link. 

Teresa Isela VanderSloot, director of Women in Engineering, Recruitment and K-12 Outreach for the college, said the half-day event is filled with fun hands-on activities that inspire innovation, explore future careers, and show how engineers can change the world.

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Science Center Kicks Off ‘STEMinista Project’ To Boost Girls’ Interest In STEM

DETROIT — The Michigan Science Center is kicking off a new project to interest girls in STEM careers.

Called the STEMinista Project, the goal is to collect 150 profiles of women working in STEM careers, in STEM research, education and entrepreneurship or who have STEM degrees, to use as role models for the girls who will be involved in the program.

Women in STEM are invited to submit a biography at this Google Docs link.

The goal of the STEMinista Project is to spark and maintain interest in STEM in elementary and middle school girls. The Science Center aims to broaden the pipeline of the next generation of STEMinistas. The program will engage girls with authentic STEM experiences designed to increase their interest, confidence and skill sets in STEM. Organizers say a critical part of this process is exposing girls to role models who have achieved in STEM.

Ford Rolls Out Tech Advances, ‘Girls Who Code’ Support

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. announced several technology initiatives this week, including road tests of a fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid and an effort with the girls’ computer science organization Girls Who Code.

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