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Maseeh student says "doors are opening" for female engineers
Maseeh student says "doors are opening" for female engineers

 

Tessa Munoz grew up in a traditional family in Klamath Falls believing that career choices were dictated by gender. Some jobs, she thought, were off-limits to women. So, when it came time to choose, Munoz became a hair stylist.

But when she met her future husband Joseph, whose mom is a software engineer, Munoz realized that her career options were broader than she'd been led to believe.

Now, Munoz is a junior at PSU, majoring in electrical engineering at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. She recently received a Mat Haug Endowed Scholarship, which was funded in part by Haug, who earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at Portland State in 1984.

Munoz, who is 27, spoke recently at an annual reception that connects donors with scholarship recipients.

For Munoz and her husband, the financial support will allow them to place their three-year-old son in pre-school, and provide her with more time to study.

Engineering has been dominated for decades by men. By one count, men outnumber women by a seven-to-one margin. But the culture has begun to change and Munoz believes she'll benefit from the industry's evolution.

"I feel like there's a lot of doors opening," she said. "Now with the shift to get more women in engineering, I have a lot of opportunities."

For more information about making a gift to support students at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, please contact Development Director Betzy Fry at (503) 725-2865 or betzy.fry@pdx.edu.