When a building collapses or a bridge or dam fails in America, it makes the news and there are talking heads wondering who’s responsible—it’s abnormal. Good engineering is in the interest of public safety, is deadly serious, and regulated. The career is predicated on mathematical precision to “make things work,” decisive leadership . . . and high pressure. There may be no ﬁeld with a more (as traditionally conceived, of course) gendered skill set, but women are ﬁnally showing up at the highest levels.
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