The University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning hosted an opening ceremony for the Women of the Americas (The Academy), an international program intended to expedite research and leadership skills, as well as increase the amount of undergrad women pursuing a career in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and architecture (STEM+A) fields.
The event began with introductions from UNM administration, including UNM Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Chaouki Abdallah, who remarked on the importance of women in STEM+A fields as shown to him through his wife, who is also an engineer.
“The difference in the way she thinks and the way I think is vast. When I have a big problem, I take it to my wife,” Abdallah said, adding that the world needs more women who think outside the box to solve society’s looming problems.
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