When I meet prospective students and their families I often get asked “What is it like being a woman in engineering?”. If you are wondering the same thing then this blog is for you.

When I chose to major in engineering I was prepared to be in classrooms where I was 1 of maybe 3 girls. The only people I knew from my high school that wanted to go into engineering were males, so I didn’t expect many females in college to share my interests. Once I came to USC I realized two things: 1) there are more than 3 female engineers and 2) the friends you make in college will be from all different majors so you don’t really notice the ratio between men and women.

I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that there are plenty of other women in engineering that share my interests.  During my time at USC I have never really paid much attention to the number of males and females in engineering. One of the great things about this university is that there is no shortage of ways to meet people. I have had some amazing experiences and met some amazing people of different genders, backgrounds, majors, and interests. Being a woman in engineering is just one aspect that makes me a part of the diverse culture at USC.

Piglet joins me in the lab 😛



Anastasia, Chemical Engineering (Biochemical), Class of 2012