Northrop Grumman partnership to increase diversity in STEM

Northrop Grumman partnership to increase diversity in STEM

 November 19, 2018

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Northrop Grumman is collaborating with the Australian National University College of Engineering and Computer Science to understand how women interact and learn within STEM subjects to encourage women to study STEM at higher education.  

"More diversity in engineering and computing science education will lead to more innovative solutions. That’s why we’re supporting the ANU's study on gender and STEM education in Australia," said Northrop Grumman.

Understanding the importance of diversity to the workforce

The study is part of the College’s Reimagine project, which seeks to adapt engineering and computing disciplines for the 21st century. One part of the programme will see ANU researchers and student anthropologists will go to Australian primary and high schools. The long-term aim of the project is to achieve greater diversity within engineering and computing undergraduates at ANU with a 50/50 gender split.

“Equality of representation in STEM is crucial to the workforce needs of the future. Greater diversity, especially in engineering and computing science education, means better and more effective solutions for all people. Tomorrow’s tough problems are best solved, and innovations created, through reflecting a myriad of needs, uses, and experiences," said Dr Liz Allen, a prominent Demographer who is leading the project. "Through engagement with students, the research team will better understand the experiences and motivations of girls in pursuing STEM education. The results of this study, made possible through generous support from Northrop Grumman, will enable a stronger, smarter, and more inclusive tomorrow with benefits for all.” 

“The College is dedicated to driving greater participation from more diverse cohorts into our disciplines to tackle the grand challenges facing the world. This requires interdisciplinary thinking and I’m thrilled to be taking an anthropological approach to address the critical issue of diversity in STEM," says Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the College. “The University is committed to educating the next generation of well-rounded technology leaders and empowering them to solve issues of global importance.” 

Addressing the shortage of STEM specialists

“The shortage of science-based talent in our workplaces and universities, particularly among women, represents a serious problem for our nation and the development of our high-technology culture, society and economy,” said Warren King, interim chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia. “The important research by Dr Allen and the ANU researchers will help improve the retention of women in STEM disciplines, which will be to the benefit of all.”

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