TMLA’s Women in Engineering Week

TMLA offered its annual  5-day intensive experience in engineering this year from July 16-20. TMLA’s Women in Engineering Week inspired young women to explore the many fields of engineering – Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical, Chemical, Computer, Software, and Environmental. From 9am – 3pm each day hands-on team-based projects applied student creativity in designing engineering solutions to real-life challenges and learned to:

  • design a mechanical hand
  • build a tower, build a team, the marshmallow challenge
  • create a watercraft to explore buoyancy 
  • harness sustainable energy with a wind turbine
  • explore current multiplied by voltage to give power
  • make plastic from almost nothing; mold tokens into fun plastic shapes
  • learn to code

On Friday morning, the students toured engineering labs in local undergraduate college. 

On Friday afternoon, at an End-of-Program Celebration, families, and friends were invited to watch students present their design projects and what they had learned during the week. 

Throughout the week, students also

  • Experienced TMLA’s 3D printer at work; learned how it functions.
  • Marveled at TMLA Robotic team’s projects in TMLA Engineering lab.

Engineers help shape the future.   Engineering unleashes the spirit of innovation. Engineers constantly discover ways to improve our lives. According to the National Science Foundation, only 11% of women in the United States are employed as engineers.

We hope to foster participants’ natural curiosity, to encourage, motivate and enlighten young women to the possibilities and rewards one can find in the field of engineering and to develop the spirit of innovation needed to engage with the many challenges of our time.

 Rhoxanne Morris, Head Instructor,  Mechanical Engineering from San Jose University, California,   Kalika Diaz, graduate student in Civil Engineering. 
 Guest lecturer Kathleen Rutherford, TMLA ’79, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering