Engineer-in-Residence Lee Spinelli Offers Advice to Female STEM Students
If you think the goal of encouraging more women into careers in science, technology, engineering and math is to influence them to marry a doctor or engineer, think again.
While women tend to be willing and have the financial resources to start a family in the STEM fields, there’s no guarantee this will lead to longer stays in those positions. In the video below, Engineer-in-Residence Lee Spinelli explains that the motivation is to stay in the industry, but the long work hours and absence of flexible work leave little time to have children.
His advice for young women is to follow an identical path: Join one of the first few, pivotal jobs. That’s why Spinelli co-founded the Girls Build program in 2009 for female high school students from Syracuse, N.Y. The program teaches students how to engineer using 3D printers as well as how to make things that are actually useful to their community. Spinelli says 80% of the girls who participate join a STEM career after graduating from high school.
If you missed Spinelli’s interview, watch below.