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Women In Industry event proves inspirational for CWU students

More than 100 CWU students attended the second annual Women In Industry event October 2 in the SURC Theatre.

Sponsored by the Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction department, the free event featured a panel of eight accomplished female professionals from businesses and government agencies such as The Boeing Company, Associated General Contractors of Washington, Washington State Labor & Industries, Natural Power, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

The focus of the discussion was how women are changing the industry landscape.

“We are one of the least gender-diverse departments on campus, and events like this give students a chance to learn more about different disciplines and potential career opportunities,” said Sathy Rajendran, chair of the Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction department at CWU. “It has been very encouraging to see so many young women interested in what we have to offer.”


Rajendran hopes this year’s Women In Industry event produces similar results as last year, when a number of undeclared majors joined the department after learning more. 

“The students asked wonderful questions and you could tell they were inspired by the stories our panelists shared with them,” he said.

The panelists were equally pleased to see such a genuine interest from the students in attendance.

“The enthusiasm of these young women and men in our audience fills me with hope!” said Anne Soiza, an assistant director for Washington State L&I. 

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Media contact: David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,