3 misconceptions about engineering careers in global development

A team works on an Engineers Without Borders construction project. What are common misconceptions about engineering careers in global development? Photo by: Student Design and Experiential Learning Center / CC BY-ND

Engineering, like any profession, suffers stereotypes. Engineers are often thought to be male, for example, when in reality, many women do engineering work. Khanjan Mehta, assistant professor of engineering design at Pennsylvania State University, shared that in fact about half of those enrolled in the university’s humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship program, which he leads, are females.

When it comes to working in global development, here are several common misconceptions — and corrections — about engineers.

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    Ma. Eliza Villarino

    Currently based in New York City, Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.