This is a very strong group. We've got engineers who've developed smart glasses, DSP architectures, underwater robotic fish and even a prosthetic limb that grows with a child, among other things. Congratulations to all of our finalists.
Bobjengr, you've brought up a subject that I raised just a few minutes ago in a comment on the Gadget Freak story. I've never understaood why more women don't go into engineering. In 1988, an editor named Gail Robinson did a fantastic 10-page article for Design News about the reasons why women don't choose engineering (it was 10% at that time), and what was being done about it. The article mentioned lots of possible reasons -- lack of mentors, lack of parental encouragement at young ages, inadequate high school counseling, etc. But 26 years later, the number is still the same -- about 10%, as far as I know. High school girls do well in physics, so where is the disconnect and why?
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