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Statistics Concerning Women in Engineering at UMD

The information on this page is correct to the best of my knowledge.  Errors will happily be corrected upon notification.

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Women Faculty, Percentages | Women Faculty over Time | Undergrad Enrollment over Time | Degrees over Time
Enrollment by Department

Women Faculty, Percentages

These are the 2008 numbers.  "All faculty" means all tenure or tenure-track faculty with primary appointments in Engineering, including emeritus. 

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Women Faculty over Time

The plot below shows the ranks of the women professors over time, with data going back to 1992, at which time there were 8 women professors in the Clark School.   Since 1992, one woman has been promoted from Assistant through to Full; the others promoted to Full Professors were either already Associates in 1992 (1999, 2000) or were hired as Associates (2005, 2006).   With the exception of those Associate two hires, the other women who are now Associates were promoted from Assistant; on average approximately 1 has been promoted per year.   There have been 13 promotions to tenure, and 7 denied tenure, so the “success” rate is approximately 2/3.


Up-pointing triangles mark those who are full professors (6 since 1992, 4 currently), and circles mark those who achieved associate rank (10 total in 2008).   Down-pointing triangles indicate those who did not attain the rank of Associate (9), while diamonds indicate those who have not yet come up for tenure (4). 


Counts of the women faculty in the various ranks are shown below.   There are a total of 19 women faculty (basically unchanged since 2001), of whom 5 are Full, 10 are Associate, and 4 are Assistant.   The number of Associates surpassed the number of Assistants for the first time in 2004 due to a series of promotions and a drop in new female hires.

Women Undergraduates, Enrollment over Time

The following plots show the percentage and number of women undergraduates enrolled full and part time in the Clark School through 2007, compared with national percentages. Large gains through the mid 1980s were followed by much smaller gains (percentage-wise, with losses numbers-wise) through 2000, and a drop since 2000.

Degrees Awarded over Time

The following plots show the percentage and number of degrees awarded to women in the Clark School.  The PhD percentages fluctuate due to the small totals.  The numbers are not going up significantly.

2007 Enrollment by Department

The following plots show the percentage of women enrolled in the various departments in the Clark School in 2007, full and part time, as well as the national percentages from 2006 (these data from WEPAN).  Note that not all programs grant all three degrees, and that some departments are not commonly found nationally, so thatnot all columns contain data.