About the Program

Although there have been great contributions made by women in the field of engineering, women still comprise less than 10% of engineering industry. In 1974, women comprised about 1.6% of the 50,286 enrolled engineering students. This number jumped to 14.8% of 78,225 students by 1994. This increase, however, does not mirror that which exists in engineering industry. The National Center for Education Statistics' publication, The Condition of Education (2001), points outs that although women have earned more than half of all bachelor's degrees, only 17% of those degrees were in engineering. The majority of the degrees that women earned were in professions such as education, English, and visual and performing arts. These facts, coupled with the lack of engineering awareness by secondary school counselors and teachers and societal expectations of appropriate female-male roles also contribute to the low numbers of women engineers. "Women Engineers @ the Beach" was developed to inspire young girls to consider careers in Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science.

"Women Engineers @ the Beach" is an important outreach and recruitment effort of the College of Engineering at CSULB. The purpose of this one-day program is based on the understanding of some common points regarding factors that affect girls' success in engineering, technology, and other non-traditional career fields.

Goals: Women Engineers @ the Beach

  • To promote the discipline of Engineering.
  • To define the various branches of Engineering.
  • To provide career options for young women.
  • To bridge the gap between classroom and real world experience.
  • To engage CSULB Engineering students in educational outreach and leadership roles.
  • To bring education, industry, and students together.

Who offers this event and When is this event offered?

  • This event is offered by the College of Engineering Admissions & Advising Center
  • Twice yearly, on a Friday
  • For Fall semester - 2nd Friday of November
  • For Spring semester - 3rd Friday of March

Who Can Participate?

  • Middle/High School/ Community College FEMALE students who show interest in engineering, technology, construction, computer science.
  • Have strong math & physical science backgrounds (Honors math, Algebra, Pre-calculus, AP Calculus, Trigonometric Analysis)
  • Are enrolled in engineering-based or physical science tracks (Physics, Chemistry, Technology programs, etc.)
  • Are participating in special academic programs (GATE, AVID, Honors, ATM, PACE, QUEST, etc.)
We are currently considering participation of Elementary students at the 5th grade-level.  Our pilot event for 5th graders was tested in the Fall 2003 event.  More discussion is needed to officially open the event to 5th grade participation.

How and When Can My School Participate?

  • Key Personnel: Science/Math Club Advisors/Teachers, Counselors, Special Program Coordinators are key contacts at school sites.
  • Complete the “School Registration” form for either the Spring or Fall semester.
  • Complete the “School Attendance” form (select among top students, considering math competency and level of interest as defining criteria).
  • Complete the "Photography Release" form (each student needs to have the Parent/Legal Guardian sign).
  • Submit both the "School Registration" and "School Attendance" forms to the College of Engineering Admissions & Advising Center.
  • Submit the "Photography Release" forms for each student on the event date.
  • The College of Engineering Admissions & Advising Center will send a confirmation packet, based on information provided and space availability.  Schools must respond to final confirmations.