Women and Men: Understanding Differences in University Engineering Application Patterns
The goal of the researchers involved in this project is to provide insight into current gender enrolment disparities in Ontario university engineering programs.
The project's aim is to inform strategies to increase female representation within engineering programs and to support Engineers Canada's, "30 by 30" initiative that seeks to increase the share of newly licensed female engineers to thirty percent by 2030 (https://engineerscanada.ca/diversity/women-in-engineering/30-by-30). In contrast, at present only 12% of professional engineering licenses are held by women, and in 2019 women represented only 17.9% of newly licensed engineers. Given that graduation with a bachelor's degree in engineering is a requirement for the acquisition of an engineering license in Canada, closing the university-level gap is a steppingstone to closing the professional gap.