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WIE Week celebrates Mizzou women in engineering

A group of women sits at a table with a Mizzou Engineering cloth.

The panel of attendees of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing featured students sharing their experiences from one of the world’s biggest conferences for women in engineering and tech.

The College of Engineering celebrated Women in Engineering Week from Oct. 6-12 with a series of excellent events promoting the importance of women in the field and celebrating their accomplishments.

Two of the biggest events were panel discussions. The panel of attendees of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing featured students sharing their experiences from one of the world’s biggest conferences for women in engineering and tech.

On Tuesday of WIE Week, a selection of women faculty and an alumna held a panel on how to avoid burnout as a woman in engineering. Panelists included Dean Elizabeth Loboa, alumna and ESRI software developer Christina Mosnick, Mizzou Engineering faculty members Heather Hunt and Kate Trauth, and diversity and inclusivity advocate Noor Azizan-Gardner.

Mosnick also gave a presentation on issues surrounding women in tech to the Mizzou Computing Association. She discussed her career and ways in which women can navigate a male-dominated field such as engineering.

The MU Engineering Inclusivity Center, the College of Education’s Bridge program and the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center held a book discussion about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The week ended with a cultural immersion lunch focusing on the importance of mental health in collaboration with the counseling center.

“It is important to provide a time to highlight the achievements of our women engineers, provide an avenue to share their experiences, as well as discuss issues that engineers seldom talk about like burnout and mental health. WIE Week helped us do just that! The turnout was wonderful and we look forward to our Spring WIE week, where we include our popular community outreach event: Daughter Engineering Day! Keep an eye out for dates and sign ups soon,”said Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives Tojan Rahhal.

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