The Army civilian career path is opening up for women in STEM fields. Mary Dotson and Brooke Baugh recently visited Pennsylvania State University to inform students about the opportunities available to them in the Army. Dotson, Assistant Chief of Staff, and Baugh, an Army Fellow, shared their own experiences as Army Civilians in the engineering field.
Penn State College of Engineering offers an orientation program called Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) which pairs first-year students with mentors and provides resources to help them succeed in their engineering journey. This program aims to empower students and provide them with a competitive edge in the job market. Dotson herself had the opportunity to work as a student intern at Redstone Arsenal in the Directorate of Public Works, which helped her identify her passion and prepare for a career in public service.
Women are increasingly making their mark in STEM fields and are in high demand across numerous industries. The Army is recognizing the valuable skills and potential that women bring to these fields, and they are encouraging women to join as Army Civilians. By offering internships and fellowships, the Army is giving young women the opportunity to gain practical experience and develop their engineering skills even before they graduate.
The Army is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in its workforce, particularly in fields like engineering where women have been traditionally underrepresented. Women like Dotson and Baugh serve as examples for young women who aspire to pursue a career in STEM and show them the possibilities available to them in the Army. As the Army continues to invest in STEM fields, it provides a supportive and rewarding environment for women to excel and contribute to the nation’s defense.