A creative program is helping kids discover the wonderful world of engineering

BRENT BALINSKI | April 18, 2019

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Simil Raghavan is attracting more young people to engineering with an innovative program that puts women at the centre of the profession. What do you want to be when you grow up? It can be a tough question, particularly when a good answer might be obscured by a host of misconceptions. That was the case for Dr Simil Raghavan, Program Officer at The National Academy of Engineering in the United States, and manager of the academy’s Online Ethics Center and its EngineerGirl program.

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