Searching for the perfect gift for a girl or young woman interested in engineering? Or, perhaps you know a technology professional who would appreciate a career pep talk. Whoever you may be shopping for, the anthology of all four IEEE-USA Women in Engineering E-Books published in 2017 is now available.
Except for the first book in the series, an overview of women in STEM occupations, each volume is a personally written account of how a noteworthy woman technologist became interested in technology, obtained her education, and developed a productive, satisfying career.
2017 was the fourth year of this landmark series, which educators and women’s organizations have heralded. In 2017 alone, both the domestic and international publishing industry honored the e-book series with multiple awards for its quality and significance.
In the foreword for the newest compilation, Monique J .Morrow writes, “Each of the four women featured in this compilation is remarkable in her own way.” Morrow is president and co-founder of The Humanized Internet, and she contributed one of the e-books included in this anthology.
“Each woman is an example of creativity and persistence, and each has a narrative that inspires one to pursue the paths that are often dreamt of and never acted upon,” she adds.
The authors of Books 13 – 16 are: Susan Delafuente, a Silicon Valley engineer; Monique J. Morrow, formerly Chief Technology Officer – Evangelist for Cisco Systems’ New Frontiers Development and Engineering; Rowena Track, Global Vice President of Digital, Channel and Partner Strategy and Marketing at Cigna Corporation; and Nathalie Gosset, a respected emerging technologies innovator.
Delafuente’s book, Women in Engineering Book 13: An Engineer in the Making, is a candid discussion of how she, along with her family, emigrated from Guam to pursue a better life. She became the first person in her family to attend college, working part time and attending classes; first, at a community college, where she received an associates degree in aeronautical engineering. Then, as an engineering student at San Jose State University. After graduation, Delafuente worked as a Defense Department contractor for Lockheed Missile & Space Company; later, as an engineering technical project manager for Lucent Technologies, Intel and Avistar Communications, among others.
In Women in Engineering: Book 14–Becoming an Engineer–Accidentally, Monique Morrow relates how her passion for engineering and technology developed only after she obtained her undergraduate degree in French and History. After accidentally getting a job in the Engineering Data Center at Advanced Micro Devices, she fell in love with technology and the then-emerging Internet. Her discoveries inspired her to pursue graduate studies in information systems and telecommunications.
In 1990, thinking she wanted to live abroad for five years, Morrow accepted a position in Switzerland. She is still there–still an American citizen, and the frequent recipient of honors recognizing her important contributions to information technology and social change.
With frankness, Morrow advises on how to enter a new work environment, especially when it involves a different culture, as well as the qualities that have been vital to her professional growth. She was with Cisco for 17 years, rising to its senior ranks, until she left the company early this year to pursue her humanitarian interests.
Rowena Track’s book, Women in Engineering: Book 15—From Physics to Wall Street: My Accidental, Unplanned and Eclectic Life and Career, traces her remarkable journey – from Beirut, Lebanon, where she also received her undergraduate degree–to the United States. Here, Track was a self-described “trailing spouse” for the first 15 years of her career. She forthrightly states that her family comes first, and “I am most successful, when I know that my success at work has never come at the expense of a successful marriage.”
Track is known and respected across multiple industries, as a visionary and innovative leader in applying the Internet and digital technology to engage target audiences. Besides her current employer, Cigna (in health and insurance services), she has held senior positions with Bayer Pharmaceutical; and with major financial services institutions, including TIAA and Citibank.
In Nathalie Gosset’s volume, Women in Engineering: Book 16–Vignettes of Discovery and Growth: The Journey of a 21st Century Female Engineer, the France-born author relates several stories. These memoirs include her struggles to obtain her postgraduate engineering degree in the United States; the critical leadership lessons she learned while advancing in her career; and, finally, her experiences with sexual discrimination and harassment on the job. Because the case is in litigation, Gosset is limited by what she can write about it. However, she offers solid advice about what a person should do when confronted with a similar situation.
Despite her current difficulty, Gosset remains convinced about the value of engineering as a career for women. “With the right support from colleagues and supervisors,” she concludes, “the engineering journey can be a remarkable ride!”
Women in Engineering Compilation Volume 4: Books 13-16 is available for $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Regular member and non-member prices for each of the four e-books are $7.99 and $9.99, respectively.
Four more books in the IEEE-USA Women in Engineering series will be published in 2018.
Helen Horwitz is an award-winning freelance writer who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. She was with IEEE from 1991 through 2011, the first nine as Staff Director, IEEE Corporate Communications.