November 09, 2017

Promoting gender equity in engineering

The importance of supporting women and families

Promoting gender equity in engineering

According to the National Science Foundation, men disproportionately outnumber women in the number of Science and Engineering (STEM) degrees received. And the latest data available from the Society of Women Engineers says that only 20 percent of new engineers are women.

At Zemax, we’re proud to buck that trend. Our engineering team has an equal number of men and women, a rarity at technology companies. In addition to this gender balance, Zemax conducts routine pay reviews to ensure all of our engineers are compensated fairly.

Gender bias can play a big role when it comes to hiring – and overcoming it can make all the difference. Alison Yates, Director of Virtual Prototyping, and Optomechanical Engineer Isis Peguero were interviewed about overcoming gender bias in engineering for the October 2017 issue of SPIE Professional.

Read the full article here >

Taking action to get more women interested in STEM fields

According to the Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey, women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but just 24 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers. To help combat this, many of our engineering team members are involved in programs that help grow women in STEM. For example, Zemax is proud to be a platinum-level sponsor of the American Physics Society’s Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in January 2018. In addition, Yates has been invited to speak at the conference as the key representative from industry. We’ve also been science fair judges and visited local classrooms to encourage children in Optics.

Read tips for what companies do to improve their gender balance in the SPIE Professional article.

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