On February 27, 2016, the Science and Engineering Club attended the Women in Engineering Developing Revolutionary Engineers and Mentors (DREAM) Conference hosted by the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. There were approximately 500 students in attendance, 150 volunteers, and nearly 50 speakers. The mission of the conference is to "recruit, retain, and advance women in engineering, and provide a forum to reach out to students and share the wonderful innovations, applications, and opportunities engineering has to offer."
Students attended various sessions that provided insight into innovative research, career advice, and college counseling. Sessions included “Deciphering the Brain Code through Engineering,” which focused on signal processing and neural control, “Engineering for a Fire Safe World,” and “Mechanical Engineering: We Put Human Touch in Engineering Systems,” about the relationship between human-centered design and engineering. Overall, the conference exposed students to female STEM mentors and role models as well as an opportunity to interact with other students interested in STEM.
Contributed by Carson Peters, Co-Head of Science and Engineering ClubAcademics Leadership