Don decries low female representation in engineering

Prof. Funsho Falade

Modupe Shodeinde, Ebunoluwa Akinkuolie and Lydia Adegbaju

Engineering don, Prof. Funsho A. Falade has elucidated the efforts of the faculty towards due representation of females in the engineering profession.

Falade explained that women were usually discouraged from engineering because of the absence of female role models to spur them on.

"When the girl child sees role models, they get motivated but not many of them come to speak let alone get them to join groups. But they really need to see all of this to have that confidence, they need to be motivated to be able to do this," he said.

The professor noted that even though the university has no policies aimed at narrowing down gender gap in the profession, the faculty is taking conscious steps to motivate women and create awareness that engineering is an all-inclusive field.

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"What we are trying to do is to promote women in engineering (WIE). Why are women not really showing? It is because they all think, well, we have less of women in engineering coming to speak out."

Falade elaborated on certain steps the faculty had taken to ensure a greater representation of females in the faculty. He explained that the faculty had appointed a senior female lecturer to lead the faculty chapter of Women in Engineering (WIE), an organization dedicated to the welfare of female engineers.

"She is to anchor a platform to bring together ladies in engineering. In fact, there was another meeting with all female lecturers and there is a plan to meet all female students because we need to encourage them. As they see themselves, they will know that engineering is not only for male students," he explained.

While asserting that both the male and female genders could excel at any given profession, Falade recalled the outstanding performance of Miss Taiwo Bankole and Miss Oyindamola Omotuyi who both graduated in 2017 from the faculty with a 5.0 CGPA.

"We believe that what a man can do, a woman can do better. Women can be tough and resilient persons with so much willpower and strength. However, they need encouragement and motivation. Therefore, we try to promote them even with this Women in Engineering (WIE). What we do is to encourage them to get involved."

Women in Engineering, an international professional organization set up by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is built around promoting women engineers and scientists. The organization also inspires girls around the world to follow their academic interests in engineering.

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