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AECOM marks Women's History Month via engineering lesson

 March 21, 2022

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For Women's History Month, AECOM is celebrating the future of women in engineering. Featured on Texas TV station NBCDFW, AECOM met with young women at Kramer Elementary school in Dallas, Texas to discuss the importance of engineering and how women are the future of the field.

The group of Dallas Independent School District third-graders marked Women's History Month by discussing their perceptions about what they have seen in history when it comes to the field of engineering.

Global infrastructure firm AECOM is taking steps to ensure young women understand they can be the next generation of leaders in engineering.

AECOM, which has a global headquarters in Dallas, said they increased the number of women in leadership roles within their company by nearly 100% since 2015.

Students at Kramer Elementary got to see women in the industry first-hand.

"I didn't know engineers did so much! It was neat to learn about all the types of engineers, but I really liked building the tower," said Sophie, Kramer Elementary.

"We worked as a team and got to use marshmallows."

AECOM said female engineers are needed now more than ever, especially with the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

It will create engineering job opportunities to improve infrastructure across the U.S. The overall workforce in the United States is 47% female but only 13% of all engineers are women.

A Society of Women Engineers report states that 20 years later, only 30% of women who earned a bachelor's degree in engineering are still working within the industry.

 The leadership at AECOM hopes that with events like these, they can draw more women to the field.

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