Carleton’s women engineers recognized with WES awards

Carleton’s women engineers recognized with WES awards

Two Carleton students will participate in the National Research Council’s (NRC) Women in Engineering and Science (WES) program.

Zahra Khan, a second-year Bachelor of Engineering student in Aerospace Engineering, and Sarah Taylor-Falcioni, a second-year Bachelor of Engineering student in Communications Engineering, will be partnered with NRC scientists who will act as mentors and provide important guidance.

The program encourages talented women students to pursue professional careers in engineering, science, and mathematics. Khan and Taylor-Falcioni have the opportunity to contribute to the engineering and science community by acting as goodwill ambassadors at schools, job fairs, and demonstrations.

“These two students are examples of the outstanding and remarkable students who are choosing Carleton’s Engineering Programs,” says Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Moyra McDill, who is also on Carleton University’s Engineering nominee selection committee.

The WES award, valued at $33,000, is aimed at increasing the number of women in the engineering, mathematics, and science fields. As part of the award, recipients work at the NRC for three summers and each student is paired with a mentor who is a professional in the field.

“Carleton University is one of only four universities in the country to receive two or more awards this year. This is the seventh time we have been in this position,” says McDill. “This kind of success demonstrates the calibre of our students and programs and the commitment of our faculty and staff.”

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