Women in Engineering: Why We Love Dartmouth

Alden Adolph

Alden Adolph

PhD Candidate

"I have had the chance to travel to conduct research, work with international collaborators, and attend conferences. I spent over a month camping on the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet collecting data to help improve our understanding of the rapidly changing Greenland climate. There is a strong sense of camaraderie and empowerment among the group of brilliant women I am fortunate to call my mentors and colleagues. I have always been treated with respect and as an equal by my peers and professors."

Ligin Solamen

Ligin Solamen

PhD Candidate

"One of first things that struck me when I arrived at Thayer was the atmosphere of community. Everyone was welcoming and their kindness has only increased since then. Thayer fosters a positive and encouraging environment. I know my ideas are respected and my concerns are acknowledged. My mentors and peers have always valued my perspective on prob­lems inside and outside of the lab or classroom."

Steffi Muhanji

Steffi Muhanji

PhD Candidate

"I thought graduate school would be very isolating and lonely. However, I have found it to be the exact opposite at Thayer. Not only do I work on a research project that I enjoy, I also get a chance to interact with a lot of the graduate and undergraduate students on a regular basis. There is a good balance between the number of male and female graduate students. I like that I have a community of women that I can interact with both professionally and socially. I particularly appreciate the fact that the female and male students have an opportunity to work together in an open environment without feeling the need to divide up along gender lines. As a female engineer, I really like it at Thayer."

Margaret Wu

Margaret Wu

PhD Innovation Program Candidate

"There are a fair number of female undergraduates at Thayer, and I think this creates an environ­ment where female engineers, whether at the graduate or undergraduate level, are generally encouraged and celebrated. Everyone is very supportive. I have enjoyed taking PhD Innovation Program courses, such as Law for Technology and Entrepre­neurship, in which we learn about patent law, IP rights, and other useful concepts that help us approach our research in a refreshingly practical way."

Amogha Tadimety

Amogha Tadimety

PhD Innovation Program Candidate

"I don't spend a lot of time thinking about gender issues because I don't have to—I'm not outnumbered here. My courses have been gender-balanced, my lab is almost half women, and I've had the chance to mentor three female undergraduates in the lab. As a complement to my laboratory work, I've been elected one of two female co-presidents of the Thayer Council and gotten training in business and entrepreneurship through the Innovation Program. Thayer has provided a collaborative and innovative environment where I feel empowered to be a woman leader in science."

Karen Uchiyama

Karen Uchiyama

MEM Candidate

"This is the first time in my life where I have felt I am equal and have the same opportunities as 
my male fellows. Coming from a developing country, I have experienced a larger gap between genders in most aspects of my life, but at Thayer I have felt that there is no gap, that we all are able to express our ideas and that we are actually being heard. I was also surprised by the female to male ratio, one of the highest among engineering schools. This is one of the best indicators that Thayer supports gender equality and believes that women are as capable as men to succeed as engineers and professionals in any desired industry."

Sara Jacobson

Sara Jacobson

MEM Candidate

"The graduate community at Thayer puts a great focus on women. While the female population is not as high as the undergraduate population at Thayer (which recently graduated a majority of females), I do not feel any biases based on gender. Through a Thayer mentorship program, I have had the pleasure of being paired with a female mentor, and she has helped me understand biases I will feel once I enter the working world."

Carolyn Stwertka

Carolyn Stwertka

PhD Candidate

"Thayer has a breadth and depth of opportunities and resources that foster innovation, creativity, and community. When I arrived at Thayer, I immediately felt that my success would only be limited by my creativity. This environment allowed me to live my dreams of Arctic science and exploration and connect them with my professional goal of using human-centered engineering to solve critical societal issues related to climate change. Being a female graduate student at Thayer is absolutely awesome. I am exceptionally proud to work for an inspiring female advisor, with a group of all-female graduate students. We develop excellent leadership and communication skills—both personal and scientific—that contribute to a supportive, innovative, and fun work environment for all students. I feel privileged to be part of and contribute to such an exceptional and supportive community of women and men."