Auburn 100+ Women Strong Is Engineering Careers For Students

| March 9, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Carla Davis

Alejandra Restrepo said as a college freshman at Auburn University the thought of one day becoming an engineer was scary and overwhelming. But now, four years later, her dream is coming true with the help and support of the friends she has made through the university’s 100+ Women Strong program.

“When I arrived on campus, I attended a 100+ Women Strong event and saw the potential benefits and supportive community that this organization offers,” said Restrepo, an industrial engineering student and a co-op employee at Alabama Power. “This organization really helped me to see what engineering is all about and has given me the practical skills needed to succeed in this field.”

Engineering is still primarily a man’s world. That’s why in 2014, Auburn University brought together a network of female alumni and corporate supporters who share one of the College of Engineering’s missions: to recruit, retain and reward female students. Alabama Power’s Pam Boyd was among the small group that played an instrumental role in forming 100+ Women Strong. Since then, 27 Alabama Power and Southern Company employees have become part of this network. Alabama Power is a sponsor.“We started with just a handful of women, and now we have grown to 167 Auburn alumni,” said Boyd, Power Delivery Technical Services manager who is on the 100+ Women Strong executive council. “When the university asked me to get involved in this program, I saw it as a great opportunity to mentor these students, share my experiences and let them know that engineering is possible. They can achieve their dreams.”

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