Episode 35 – Katy Kolbeck

Katy Kolbeck is a retired electrical engineer. She spent 15 years of her career working as an electrical engineer at an engineering firm, and the last 15 years as the President and CEO of that same engineering firm. In retirement, she spends most of her time working with non-profit organizations addressing leadership and strategic issues, along with working on systems to provide clean drinking water for communities in rural Haiti.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

The Works Museum – The museum was conceived by Rebecca Schatz, a software engineer who was inspired by a visit to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and by the hands-on technical education for children that she observed during a year as a Luce Scholar in Japan in 1984. The works museum is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. (wikipedia)

Rate studies – generates a pricing structure and financial plan that satisfies the long-term obligations of the utility and targets equitable cost recovery from customers while conforming to legal constraints, agency policies, and community values. (www.fcsgroup.org)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Act (Public Law 92–261) of 1972 was designed to prohibit job discrimination for reasons of race, religion, color, national origin, and sex. The term equal, however, must be interpreted correctly as it applies to this legislation. It does not mean that every applicant or employee must be considered equal in ability or competency. Rather, it means that the law looks at all applicants or employees as equals, who deserve fair treatment. (www.encyclopedia.com)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties. (www.swe.org)

How many women engineers are there? Females were awarded 19.9 percent of all Bachelor’s degrees awarded by an engineering program in 2015 and made up 21.4 percent of undergraduates enrolled in engineering. They received 25.2 percent of Master’s degrees and 23.1 percent of doctoral degrees in 2015. (www.asee.org)

For the first time, women make up the majority of students in U.S. medical schools. In 2019, 46,878 medical school students (50.5 percent) are women and 45,855(49.4 percent) are men, according to a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). (Washington Post)

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