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Women in Engineering: INEGI and FEUP will study female representation in the field of mechanical engineering

08 March 2021
International Women's Day is celebrated this Monday, and this was the date chosen by INEGI and FEUP researchers to launch an online survey that will collect data on female representation in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

The survey is part of a study carried out by INEGI in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which aims to study the evolution of the representation of the female gender in this area, over the last 20 years, and to understand how women position themselves in the selection of the course and in the exercise of the profession.

The online survey (available HERE) is open to all women who graduated in Mechanical Engineering between 2001 and 2020.

"Traditionally the profession of mechanical engineer was more sought after by male individuals, but this trend has changed over the past two decades, and there are more and more women enrolled in mechanical engineering”, says Teresa Duarte, responsible for the project at INEGI .

These raw numbers, however, do not tell the whole story. "We intend to determine what factors have encouraged or discouraged career choice, where they stand today in terms of hierarchy and functions of coordination and responsibility", among other issues, says Teresa Duarte.

This initiative is intended to help identify inequalities and plan responses to encourage more women to pursue a career in engineering.

Mechanical Engineering is one of the courses with the highest admission scores and with increasing demand, and the available openings have increased significantly over the past 20 years. It is currently the 2nd course with more new students every year at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.