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How can workforce diversity improve composite productivity

Dr Angela Trego, Department Chair, Utah Valley University – presented jointly with
Dr Rik Heslehurst, Director/Owner, Heslehurst and Associates Pty. Ltd.)

Abstract

Diversity in the workforce has been shown to produce healthier companies and better, more robust products and research. But while women fill half of the jobs in western cultures, they fill less than 30% of STEM jobs.

Angela will first address the current state of women in technical fields and motivation for growing the percentage of women working in composites companies. She will identify methods for increasing the pipeline for both applied (practical or trades or workshop) and analytical composites applications and how collaboration between industry, universities and trade schools can support and improve the composites industry through the inclusion of more women in its workforce.

Bio

Dr. Angela Trego, PE, PMP, FHEA is currently the department chair and an assistant professor at Utah Valley University in Technology Management.  She is also a consultant providing expertise in project management and teaching engineering technical short courses.  She has worked at The Boeing Company, Becton Dickinson, ATK and Varian Medical Systems in various management and technical capacities.  Angela serves as a committee chair for AIAA, on the Engineering Accreditation Commission, on the executive board of directors for both Women Tech Council and Empower Playgrounds.