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The First Women in Tech Didn’t Leave - Men Pushed Them Out

Posted on December 12, 2017

The Wall Street Journal
By Christopher Mims
Dec. 10, 2017

Sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech industry itself.

Memos from the U.K.’s government archives reveal that, in 1959, an unnamed British female computer programmer was given an assignment to train two men. The memos said the woman had “a good brain and a special flair” for working with computers. Nevertheless, a year later the men became her managers. Since she was a different class of government worker, she had no chance of ever rising to their pay grade.

Today, in the U.S., about a quarter of computing and mathematics jobs are held by women, and that proportion has been declining over the past 20 years. The situation is generally worse at the biggest tech companies: Only one in five engineers at Google or Facebook is a woman, according to the companies’ recent diversity reports. A string of recent events—from women coming forward about sexism, harassment and discrimination in the industry, to the controversy over a memo written by a Google employee arguing that women overall are biologically less suited to programming—suggest the steps currently being taken by tech firms to address these issues are inadequate.

A growing army of women and members of other underrepresented minorities are working on solutions to these issues. The history of computing, in the U.K. in particular, backs up one of their central conclusions—that simply educating more women and other minorities to be engineers won’t solve the problem.

http://on.wsj.com/2BXJZ61

Sowing the Seeds of Diversity in Engineering

Posted on December 11, 2017

Scientific American
December 8, 2017
by Jennifer Sinclair Curtis

Increasing the number of women in engineering is a problem without clear boundary conditions. Although we know that no single solution can help address the challenges women face in navigating their studies and careers, the understanding we’ve gained in recent years can point the way to seeing real change.

Right now, the bar is low. Despite ongoing efforts across academia, government and industry to increase participation, only 14 percent of all engineers and 25 percent of all IT professionals in the United States today are women. This gender imbalance continues, or often worsens, when women complete their education and enter the workforce. A 2011 survey of 5,500 women with engineering degrees in the United States found that 40 percent did not pursue an engineering career after graduation.

http://bit.ly/2BCk5b6

NDT returns to MIT School of Engineering and Computer Science in January

Posted on December 5, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) returns to MIT School of Engineering and Computer Science in January for our 10th annual interactive discussion with students.

NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their careers!

Date: January 24, 2018
Event time: 5pm - 7pm
Building/Room: 56-154 / Access Via 21 Ames Street


All are welcome - MIT students and anyone else who may benefit from this discussion.
No advance sign-up required

If the Fall recruiting season hasn't resulted in the perfect job offer, NDT can help you!
Our presentation will share with you what transpires in the hiring process that is beneath the radar screen, and help you figure out how to avoid pitfalls, present yourself well, get through interviews, and land a great job.

Join recruiting industry veterans in an interactive discussion led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President, and Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager of NDT.

NDT (www.ndt.com) is a boutique Boston-area recruiting company that has partnered successfully for over 35 plus years to place many MIT students and alumni.

NDT's Tech-Recruiting Experts setting up at MIT, speaking on how to find "the best opportunity" in a robust job market

Posted on January 19, 2017

mit

The discussions was led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT, a Boston-area recruiting firm that has worked successfully to place many MIT students and alums over the past 37+ years; Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager at NDT, who offers 16+ years of coaching "early career" tech professionals. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers! Alan Wagner, MIT 2014 alum and former NDT candidate will joined NDT’s interactive discussion this year!

Sponsor(s): MIT-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) invited back to MIT for our 11th year!

Posted on January 4, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) invited back to MIT for our 11th year!

NDT's Tech-Recruiting Experts will share Valuable Employment Nuggets of information from Tech companies that interviewees seldom hear and how to find "the best opportunity" in a robust job market with multiple opportunities to consider!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00PM to 7:30PM
34-401A MIT, Cambridge, MA


Enrollment: Unlimited - No advance sign-up - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Discussions to be led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT, a Boston-area recruiting firm that has worked successfully to place many MIT students and alums over the past 37+ years; Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager at NDT, who offers 16+ years of coaching "early career" tech professionals. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers! Alan Wagner, MIT 2014 alum and former NDT candidate will join NDT’s interactive discussion this year!

Sponsor(s): MIT-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

MIT Class this evening cancelled!

Posted on January 26, 2015

The City of Cambridge has declared a Snow Emergency Parking Ban that goes in effect Monday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Our discussion of "How to Navigate Multiple Job Offers and gain experience in the Hottest growth industries for 2015!” scheduled for this evening at MIT has been postponed!