More than two dozen Waukesha-area girls will go on a week-long journey exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on projects and mentoring from local women in STEM careers. The ‘GE Girls at MSOE’ program, now in its third year, is sponsored by the GE Healthcare Women’s Network and Milwaukee School of Engineering. The program takes place June 23-27, 2014 on the MSOE campus and at GE facilities.
Topics range from medical technologies, chemistry and additive engineering to engine design, quality control and lean manufacturing – with special curriculum presented by teachers from Waukesha Public Schools and MSOE, as well as experts from local GE Healthcare and GE Power and Water facilities. Each participating girl will also be able to meet with an accomplished female mentor with an engineering or technology background that currently participates in the GE Women’s Network.
“The GE Girls at MSOE program helps make science fun for girls. We have a number of exciting projects planned for them which demonstrate the role math and science play in our everyday lives,” said Dr. Olga Imas, associate professor of biomedical engineering at MSOE. “It’s critical that we reach girls at a young age so we can nurture a lasting curiosity that will benefit them in the future.”
At the end of the week, the GE Girls and their parents will join GE leaders, mentors, and program directors at a BBQ celebration at GE Healthcare’s Waukesha Campus.
“I’m excited to be hosting our third year of GE Girls,” says Dee Mellor, executive champion for GE Women’s Network. “The feedback from the girls and their parents has been extremely positive, and the GE team is thrilled that this program can help inspire girls to dream big and embrace science, technology, engineering and math.”
GE Healthcare supports education in the greater Milwaukee area through several GE Volunteer efforts: including collaboration with six different Milwaukee Public Schools; Junior Achievement; FIRST Robotics; Community Service Day; and many mentoring efforts. In 2013, more than 4,900 GE Volunteers in Milwaukee served for more than 42,000 hours in their local communities. There will be six GE Girls programs being held across the United States this summer.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.
Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.