Sentinel: Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent; The Race to Bridge the Software Engineering Gender Gap

Shinde, Anushka, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Morrison, Briana, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

Despite longstanding efforts to diminish the gender gap, the tech sector is still dominated by men. New approaches are therefore necessary.
Through internship opportunities, university students can gauge their interests in industry. Working for a large company for the first time, students often must ascend steep learning curves to develop essential skills. The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit contractor that conducts federally funded research projects. The experiences of a first-time software engineer interning at this company are assessed. Through the internship, new technical and professional skills were learned, exercised and developed.
The gender gap in software engineering imposes employment inequities and can impair software development. Underrepresentation of women on development teams has contributed to gender biases in the products teams produce. To attract more women to software engineering, some social groups organize skills enrichment programs for students, partner with companies to provide career opportunities, and improve recognition of prominent women in computer science.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Software Engineering, Gender Gap, Computer Science, Education, Female Empowerment

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Technical Advisor: Briana Morrison

STS Advisor: Peter Norton

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