Female engineering students remain a minority at UCLA, reports the Daily Bruin. Only 20 percent of engineering students at UCLA are women. That’s about average, and the numbers have leveled off or fallen slightly in recent years.
(Sophia) Wong is one of few girls working on the Ragobot game project that uses nickel titanium alloys (material that when destroyed, can restore its original shape) to build the terrain that the robot destroys. The game could revolutionize the toy industry and the material could prove to be a substitute for hydraulic systems in the airplane industry, Wong says. There are two female full-time employees in the lab, with a third one on the way along with eight male students from both UCLA and Yale University.
. . . In a 2002-2003 survey conducted by the American Society for Engineering Education, the organization found that while about 15 percent of women received bachelors’ degrees in electrical engineering, a significantly higher 42 percent women received the same degree in environmental engineering.
At UCLA, a high percentage of engineering students are Asian-American, like Wong and like my daughter’s freshman roommate.