NH’s All-Female Congressional Delegation Recognizes graduates of BAE System’s Women in Technology Program
Eighteen years ago in Nashua, New Hampshire, BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems began a small mentorship program aimed at encouraging young women with an aptitude in math and science to pursue career paths in the growing field of engineering. Tuesday, the program, known as Women in Technology (WiT), honored 18 female high school students who have participated in BAE’s mentorship program throughout the school year.
The ceremony appropriately attracted New Hampshire’s all-female congressional delegation. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte as well as Representative Ann Kuster all attended and spoke at the event. Their presence and participation spoke to the tremendous focus lawmaker’s dedicate to boosting the nation’s economy by boosting the number of women who enter science and technology fields.
“When I started in this business many years ago there were no women in engineering roles,” recalls Sandi Pelletier, a 38-year BAE employee and one of the founding members of the WiT program. “We recognized a need to get more young women exposed to engineering and technology careers early.”
The WiT program includes a variety of hands-on exercises designed to teach participants about electrical, software, mechanical, and microwave engineering, as well as signal processing. Additionally, the program provides participating students with BAE Systems mentors who engage and support students throughout their individual pursuits of technical careers.
The New England Council would like to congratulate these young scholars on their accomplishments and BAE Systems on the continued success of their program!