More women needed in engineering

Lizbeth B. Garza won’t be carrying her back pack much longer.

Saturday marks the end of her education at the University of Texas Pan-American.

She’ll be graduating with several classmates, but Garza is alone in once aspect of graduation.

She will be the only female graduating in her major, engineering.

It’s a gender ratio the university is really noticing.

“We certainly feel that there should be more girls in engineering. It is evolving. Back in the day, they would build engineering buildings and there would be no women’s bathrooms in them,” said Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, UTPA Associate Dean.

There are women’s bathrooms at UTPA of course, but a sad truth is that women in math and science are very out numbered by their counter parts.

For every one girl, there are actually 17 to 20 guys in the computer science and engineering field.

Those statistics match up with the national average.

Garza said she definitely noticed she was outnumbered when she first walked into the classroom.

“I did know there were a few girls, however it did scare me in the beginning a little bit, but then I saw that the guys tend to be nice to the girls they don’t, since you are in a professional environment they will treat you nice,” said Garza.

Garza said it gets to a point the male, female difference isn’t even noticeable, mostly because, most everyone is so focused on their work and study.

Garza now even teaches engineering herself.

“One thing that I do want to take out of, and teach the students is that engineering is not only for men, it is also for women,” said Garza.

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