MechE professor of practice Christina Haden on Lehigh Women Engineers PreLUsion program

“We have a long way to go in terms of inclusivity of women in our engineering departments across the country,” says Christina Haden, a professor of practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. 

According to data from the American Society for Engineering Education, just 21.9 percent of engineering bachelor's degrees were awarded to women in 2018. Lehigh is doing better than that national average, says Haden, who is interviewed in the lastest episode of the Rossin Connection Podcast. “We have about one in three students who are women when you average across all the departments. We’re doing really well, but we can do better.”

Haden has drawn on her own experience as an engineering undergraduate to create a program that strives to do just that. In 2015, she helped create Lehigh Women Engineers, a three-day experience that is part of Lehigh's preLUsion program, and designed for self-identifying women.

This episode features the faculty, staff, and student voices of this unique and important program that works to break stereotypes, expose imposter syndrome, forge friendships, and make all women feel welcome, represented, and seen as engineers.

Rossin Connection is a show for students, alumni, faculty, and staff—current, former, and future—and for anyone who is interested in the many creative ways that engineers are solving the world’s problems. Learn more about the show, where to find it (and if you’re a podcasting newbie, how to subscribe!), and where to submit feedback and episode ideas.

Christina Haden

Christina Haden is a professor of practice in the mechanical engineering and mechanics department.

Lehigh Women Engineers

The Lehigh Women Engineers program strengthens the engagement of women engineers in the Rossin College's academic and social fabric, creates professional networks with outside participants, and nurtures a rich academic experience.