Mary Anderson-Rowland and Troy Eller StoryCorps Interview, Clip 1, 2008

Society of Women Engineers Archivist Troy Eller asks Mary Anderson-Rowland what obstacles and barriers still prevent women from pursuing engineering. Anderson-Rowland explains that it is still not “cool” for young girls to be smart, and proposes that a television show like LA Engineer might help to change young girls’ perceptions. Anderson-Rowland is an Associate Professor in Arizona State University’s Industrial Engineering Department. While serving as the first female Associate Dean in the ASU Fulton School of Engineering, Anderson-Rowland developed the Women in Engineering and Minority Engineering programs to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities in ASU’s engineering programs. Active in numerous professional organizations, she is a SWE Fellow and the recipient of SWE’s Distinguished Engineering Educator Award.

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This oral history interview was recorded November 7, 2008 at the Society of Women Engineers WE08 National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland as part of StoryCorps (, a nationwide initiative of Sound Portraits Productions to record and collect oral history interviews. This excerpt was selected and produced by the SWE Archivist. Audio excerpts may be used for research and educational purposes only.