Engineering Alumna Head of New UC Engineering Women's Center
Date: April 15, 2002
By: Martha Ybern
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos by Colleen Kelley
Choose a career where you can do well for yourself while doing good things for society. That's the message being delivered by Carol Schababerle, newly appointed director of the Rowe Center for Women in Engineering at UC. She says there are many advantages and benefits for students, including women, when choosing a career path in the engineering field. It's much more than a high-paying career.
The Rowe Center was established in October 2001 to be a focal point for women in the College of Engineering. Schababerle, appointed in January 2001, has exciting plans in store for the center and hopes to boost female enrollment in the college from its current 17 percent level. The first woman graduated from the College of Engineering in 1925, and many women studied in the College of Engineering during World War II. However, Schababerle believes that current female enrollment suggests a large untapped resource of tomorrow's inventors and problem-solvers.
The Rowe Center builds upon existing program at UC such as the Women's Center, the Women's Initiatives Network (WIN) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) groups. Center activities include: multi-level mentoring, service and social events and more to build networks of support through college and beyond.
Schababerle, a 1981 graduate of the College of Engineering, credits her father, a UC engineer with showing her the value and fun of the profession and her mother who did doctoral work at the College-Conservatory of Music, demonstrating that women can have academic and professional achievements. She believes that the UC co-op program is especially helpful for women to gain experience, confidence and networking skills that spell success in their careers.
"Most of the current women in engineering were inspired by family members. I'd like the Rowe Center to be another point of contact for young women to learn, about what engineers do. Engineers create everything around us that makes modern life possible. We are the only ones who make ideas reality, then make it better."
Schababerle has a message to women "You can do a lot of really cool things with an engineering degree; the only limit is your imagination."
The Rowe Center offers a Saturday workshop for young women in grades 7-10 and a weeklong summer camp for high school juniors and seniors. For more information on how you can get involved, call the Rowe Center at 513-556-0756.
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