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Women in Computing


Abstract: Programming courses have always more men than women. The same gap exists in computing engineering industry. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, computer engineering programs have the lowest representation of girls compared to STEM engineering programs. In fact, women earn 57% of all undergraduate degrees, 42% of all undergraduate math and statistics degrees, 40% of all undergraduate physical sciences degrees but only 18% of all undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees.

The U.S department of Labor estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-oriented job openings. However and considering current statistics, only 30% of these jobs can be filled with U.S. computing bachelor's grads. This gender gap has nothing to do with technical abilities between men and women. Women perform just as well as men in programming and computer engineering jobs. However, fewer women choose computer engineering programs because of lack of interest and their fear of getting isolated in a male dominated field.

Women in Computing seminar aims at increasing women's awareness about the amazing contribution women have made in computer engineering. It also aims at informing young women about several career opportunities available for them in the computer engineering industry. The main goal of this seminar is to present and share the latest advances in the field of computer engineering through discovering real world applications of computer engineering concepts and shedding light on innovative contributions of women leaders solving complex problems and creating positive impact in our daily lives. This seminar is also an opportunity to learn about Android mobile applications development and their practical implementation.

Speaker 1: Mrs. Véronique Bouffard, Director, GIRO Inc, Montreal.
Speaker 2: Mrs. Pascale Elvas, Director, Canadian Digital Service (CDS), Ottawa.
Speaker 3: Mr. Ronald Jean-Julien, Professor, Gérald Godin College, Montreal.
Date: 1 December 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 14:30 pm.
Venue: McGill University
Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McConnell Engineering Building
Room ENGMC 603
3480 University
Montreal QC H3A 0E9
Links: Flyer, Registration