India Engineering Workforce Study

India Engineering Workforce Study

The WFEO Standing Committee on Women in Engineering (WIE) is focused on three themes:

  1. Engineering Workforce Diversity,
  2. Leadership and Empowerment and
  3. Engineering Strategic Indicators.

The theme of Strategic Engineering Indicators has been challenging in that data on women in engineering is scarce in many parts of the world. Having more data can help us provide guidance to WFEO member societies and organizations like UNESCO on both where and what interventions are needed to increase the number of females in engineering globally.

In 2017, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE, part of WFEO member American Association of Engineering Societies AAES), in partnership with The University of California Hastings College of the Law (UCHCL), conducted a study in the US entitled Climate Control: Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering.

The study surveyed over 3,000 women and men in engineering on gender and racial bias in engineering and how that bias impacts the retention of women in engineering. Key findings have been shared broadly at conferences, through papers and in meetings with global engineering employers.


Having more data can help us provide guidance (…) on both where and what interventions are needed to increase the number of females in engineering globally.


Now SWE is expanding on the US study by conducting a survey of professional engineers in India about their experiences in the workplace. This survey is designed to understand the workplace experiences of currently or recently employed engineers. The goal of this survey is to identify factors that are negatively impacting the workplace culture and climate, with the goal of informing employer efforts to improve the retention of engineering professionals.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participants also have the opportunity to win a free registration to the March 2018 SWE event in Pune OR an iPad Mini!

Please share the survey with those you know working in engineering in India. Please encourage both male and female engineers to take this survey. We will share the survey results during the next WIE meeting in London in October to help advance our WIE committee work.


For more information:

  The Climate Control: Gender and Racial Bias in Engineering survey

  Committee on Women in Engineering website

  Society of Women Engineers website

  University of California Hastings College of the Law website

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