More female faculty at U. of Washington College of Engineering

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When Eve Riskin first began teaching electrical engineering at the University of Washington in 1990, her students were so surprised to find a young woman professor teaching in a male-dominated field that many asked her if she had a Ph.D. Of course, Riskin did — in electrical engineering, from Stanford.

Twenty-three years later, female professors are slowly becoming more common in male-dominated engineering and science fields at the UW. The university has been aided by a grant from the National Science Foundation that launched an initiative to get more women as faculty members in engineering and science, and advance them into leadership positions. Even though the grant ended in 2007, many of the programs are still going.

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