2015 ITW CSR Report

Working Together

Developing future women engineers

ITW supports the education and career development of aspiring engineers, including introducing the field to students.

This past year, ITW hosted a program during Engineers Week designed to encourage high school girls to consider the engineering field. Partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter, 35 area high school students attended “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at the UIC campus.

ITW engineers Vivian Sandoval and Rebekah Johnston co-led the event, which began with a lesson on force and pressure. Following the lesson, UIC SWE students led small teams of students through the process of designing a convertible shoe, keeping in mind how pressure changes as the base of the shoe changes. In addition, the day featured a panel of ITW women from engineering backgrounds, including Meghan Gallagher, industrial engineer, Test & Measurement; Anna Ky, design engineer, Construction; and Jennifer Perr, global marketing manager, Construction.

“We were very pleased with how engaged the students were in the activity as well as the panel discussion,” Sandoval said. “Partnering with UIC SWE also gave us the opportunity to network with college students and enrich our talent pipeline of future ITW engineers.”

  • ITW team members talk to high school girls about the engineering field

  • Students learned how to design a convertible shoe from various materials

  • The event also exposed young people to ITW as a potential future employer