WE Chat #2

 

Second Women in Engineering seminar

 On February 20, 2020, Dr. Marta Miletic from the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department presented at our second event of the WE Chat series. 

 

Following a great first WE Chat, we had Dr. Marta Miletic from the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department present at our second event of the series. Speaking heavily about breaking through barriers, Dr. Miletic gave personal examples of the obstacles she has faced and had to overcome as a female engineer in industry and academia.

Notably, Dr. Miletic planned a discussion for her presentation and gave attendees the opportunity to discuss in groups why young girls often feel they are unworthy of success and, more specifically, they feel like they don’t belong in STEM fields. The conversation laid a platform to openly discuss and delve into why women often are made to feel they are not as smart as their male counterparts and even have lower self-esteem, based on societal structures and norms. Countering this topic with data and stories of success, Dr. Miletic gave words of encouragement and affirmation and led a discussion surrounding breaking those barriers and knowing one’s value. This tied directly into another notable topic surrounding becoming aware of workplace cultures and the importance of being in the right environment for success.

Just as the first, the second WE Chat gave a safe space for the College of Engineering students, staff, and female faculty to discuss challenges and obstacles often faced in the engineering field. Dr. Marta Miletic’s vulnerable discussion of her own experiences provided a safe space for attendees to discuss important topics, but more so, it allowed attendees to gain valuable insight into the challenges they may come across but can overcome.