Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
Professor Mary Wells is the inaugural Associate Dean Outreach for the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering and the Chair of the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering (ONWiE). Dr Wells has led initiatives to uncover the root causes of the continued lack of participation of women in engineering as well as programs to address these barriers. These activities have exposed young women in elementary and secondary schools to the engineering profession and supported current engineering students along with women working in the profession. Reaching over 3,000 young women across Ontario annually, these initiatives have boosted female application and entry rates to Ontario engineering programs by over 250%. The province of Ontario has been so successful at attracting women into their engineering programs that many of these outreach programs are now spreading across Canada.