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Professional Development

Continuing Education

Technical Information

  • The Ada Project (TAP) is a clearinghouse for information and resources related to women in computing.
  • provides a wealth of information and services for manufacturing professionals, including a comprehensive product supplier database (Manufacturing Yellow Pages); industry-specific news and research; economic reports; editorial content from well-know trade publications; event and association databases; marketplaces for books, industry standards and used capital equipment; and much more.
  • Engineering Village is a search engine for engineering information.
  • MatWeb is a database of material properties.
  • Plastics Resource has a wealth of information on plastics and the environment
  • American National Standards Institute
  • American Society for Testing and Materials provides standards that are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe.
  • Golden Gate Polymer Forum - GGPF is a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to the study of polymeric materials and devices. They are comprised of individuals working in both industry and academia, and sponsor monthly polymer forum's in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Design News Online
  • Modern Plastics provides good information on the plastics industry
  • Plastics Net provides good information on the plastics industry

Professional Organizations

  • AAES - American Association of Engineering Societies
  • AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • AICHE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers - Northern California Chapter
  • ASAE - American Society of Agricultural Engineers
  • ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers - San Francisco Section
  • ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education
  • ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • NAE - National Academy of Engineering
  • NAWIC - National Association of Women in Construction
  • NSF - National Science Foundation
  • NSPE - National Society of Professional Engineers
  • SME - Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • SPE - Society of Plastics Engineers
  • SPE-GG- Society of Plastics Engineers Golden Gate Section
  • SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • SAE – Society of Automotive Engineers
  • TBP - Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society District 15 provides links to local college chapters in District 15 including Northern California and Northern Nevada.
  • USACE - US Army Corp of Engineers

Organizations for Women

  • Professional Business Women or California is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the professional and personal development of women by providing tools, resources, training and inspiration.
  • Women In Technology International provides inspiration, education, conferences, on-line services, publications and an exceptional worldwide network of resources for women in technology. WITI is the first and only international organization solely dedicated to advancing women through technology.
  • American Asoociation for University Women is a national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls.
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
  • Association for Women in Science and Engineering’s aim is to advance the participation of girls and women in the sciences, from biomedicine to mathematics and the social sciences, in engineering, and in the technologies, in all areas and at all levels
  • Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (AWSEM) brings together parents, educators and women professionals in science-related fields to kindle and support young women's interest in science, engineering, mathematics and technology (SEMT).
  • Women in Engineering Organization mission is to aid the public in discovering more about engineering by connecting them to the best sites on the web. They provide women easy access to information about engineering-related programs in their area.
  • Association for Women in Mathematics is nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
  • Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology- The Institute's mission is to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women. The Institute helps communities, industry, education and government benefit from these increases. It accomplishes this through four specific programs: The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, The Systers online community, The Senior Women's Summit, and the Virtual Development Center (VDC).

International Organizations

Just for Girls

  • Science Fair Projects - This site has over 500 fully searchable and categorized science fair projects, with full instructions and explanations. You can search for ideas for your projects by simply entering a keyword on whatever interests you.
  • Girl Scouts of the San Francisco Bay Area has a diverse membership of more than 30,000 girls and nearly 15,000 volunteers. Girl Scouting continues to help girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together.
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day - Girls represent more than half the future workforce, but when it comes to engineering, few get enough guidance and encouragement to consider a career in this critical field. Aiming to challenge that stubborn reality, the National Engineers Week Committee is redoubling efforts in 2002 to let girls of all ages know that engineering not only wants them, it genuinely needs them.
  • Engineer Girl - The Engineer Girl website is part of the NAE's Celebration of Women in Engineering project. This project tries to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.
  • Girlstart’s program encourages young women to develop their skills by creating a fun, all-girl, supportive, and collaborative environment. Girlstart enables young women to explore technology and engineering and also to gain a greater appreciation for the achievements of women. Girlstart's programs include schools, online classes, and summer and Saturday camps for girls.
  • GAMES (Girls Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science) Summer Camp is an annual one-week residential program is designed to give academically talented young women an opportunity to explore math, engineering, and science through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with other women in these technical fields.
  • Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program for Girls is a month long program that will give you an exceptional opportunity to "do" science and engineering, will enhance your skills, boost your confidence, and connect you with professionals who will support your efforts
  • Imagination Place, an online club for kids to explore the world of invention and design and share their ideas with other young inventors around the world.
  • Zoom Into Engineering combines popular kids' public television show with real engineers. It’s a program that excites 6- to 11-year-olds about engineering and helps them develop problem-solving skills.
  • Girls RISE – Raising Interest in Science and Engineering Project showcases how an informal, non-competitive learning environment that includes cooperative hands-on activities utilizing various engineering principles can build self-esteem and encourage girls to develop an interest in science, engineering, mathematics related careers.
  • The Girls in Technology (GIT) Program is an initiative sponsored by the WIT Girls In Technology (GIT) Committee . The program supports academic and community programs through involvement provide guidance and role models to girls who have an interest in technology or who have an interest that could be nurtured. The Girls in Technology program, provides a speakers bureau, mentors and this web site to support programs throughout the year.
  • Girls Inc of Alameda County is an affiliate of the national Girls Incorporated. They have provided programs and real-life options to girls in our community for over 40 years. Our programs include Science and Math Enrichment, Career Development, Teen Leadership Development, and many other services to girls in the community.
  • Girls Get Set – Designing and Building Real Science Exhibits – Each year, 15 middle school girls work together to design and build museum exhibits for The Discovery Museums. Educators and female engineering college students work with the girls on creating innovative and fun exhibits.
  • Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ conferences are designed to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses and to encourage them to consider science and math based career options such as engineering, computer science, and biometrics.
  • Girls Middle School in San Francisco - Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, GMS is an all-girls middle school dedicated to nurturing and empowering young women. GMS features an innovative curriculum which combines academic rigor with creativity, focuses attention on girls' emotional and social needs, and embraces diversity with a multi-cultural student body, staff and curriculum.
  • The Adventures of Josie True - Join Josie as she travels back in time to rescue her inventor-turned- teacher Ms. Trombone! Over 11 cool science, math, and technology games in this internet adventure for girls! And best of all, its Free!
  • Techbridge is a bridge between middle school and high school. Girls have many important decisions to make in middle school and high school, but don't always receive the academic guidance they need. Techbridge supports girls by teaching them technology skills and helping them plan for the next steps to college and careers. Techbridge programs introduce girls to various applications of technology and also encourage them to consider careers in the field. Techbridge is hosted before and after school at middle schools and high schools around Oakland, California.
  • Rural and Urban Images: Voices of Girls in Science, Mathematics & Technology - Voices is a three-year project to help girls do well and feel confident in science, math, and technology.
  • Cool Careers for Girls in Engineering (book) by Ceel Pasternak, Linda Thornburg, Sheila Widnall


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