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Larry Kostiuk

Dr. Larry Kostiuk

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design, Carleton University

Banu Ormeci

Dr. Banu Őrmeci

Professor & Faculty Advisor, Carleton University

Carleton University is committed to bridging the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields through its recently-launched program.

The Women in Engineering and Information Technology (WiE&IT) Program is one of the first of its kind in Canada and is geared toward helping women students thrive in their studies and helping set their career up for success.

“By collaborating with partners who are leaders in engineering and IT, Carleton will connect students to industry and government professionals and do our part to reconcile a culture that has historically treated women as intrinsically different,” says Carleton’s Engineering and Design Dean Dr. Larry Kostiuk.

The program is supported by 15 industry and government partners, including Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin, Amdocs, Blackberry QNX, CAE, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, EllisDon, Ericsson, Nokia, Ross, and Solace. By partnering with Carleton, women students will have access to networking and mentorship opportunities, and will be equipped with knowledge and tools to enter the engineering and IT profession with confidence.

Bridging the gap between university and the workforce

Dr. Banu Örmeci, professor and faculty advisor for Carleton’s Women in Science and Engineering chapter, believes that, “By connecting our students with working professionals in the engineering and IT fields through the WiE&IT Program, we can enhance women’s educational journeys and help to close the gender gap in STEM.”

Carleton offers some of the most hands-on and invigorating engineering and IT programs in the country. By preparing students for careers that are in high demand, it’s committed to remaining a leading and inclusive institution.

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