Women in Engineering

During the blueprint stage, the female faculty found that the two-story engineering department (Building 9) hadno provisions for women's restrooms. Though quickly remedied, universities of the 1950s and 1960s faced challenges in terms of gender equality.

Women only accounted for 1 percent of the engineering workforce according to the 1960 U.S. Census – a year before the first female students were admitted to Cal Poly Pomona. The university, however, has been working diligently towards filling the 'gender gap' for decades. By 1985, the College of Engineering was holding a six-day live-in session called “Exploring Engineering.” Events included attending introductory classes, talking with successful female engineers, and experiencing undergraduate life at Cal Poly Pomona.

Establishing a visible female presence in the classroom was one of the goals of Barbara Hacker. A chemical engineer with 21 years’ experience at the university, she served as associate dean of the College of Engineering from 2006-2008 (and in the same capacity at the College of Science from 2009-2011.) As principal investigator of the ADVANCE Project, Dr. Hacker sought to recruit, develop, and retain female leadership across the STEM disciplines.

CPP Women in Engineering Website

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