"Following My Foremothers: Women Engineers during WWII" will be presented by Clarkson University Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ruth Baltus at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
During WWII, the Curtiss Wright aircraft company trained and employed women for engineering work at its plants. "Curtiss Wright Cadette" training programs were established at seven universities across the United States, with about 100 women at each site. Join Baltus as she recounts the story of her mother and her aunt -- who were trained and employed in the program until the end of the war -- bringing an interesting perspective on the changing roles of women in our society.
Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.
Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.
Email Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.