Dr. Claire Cupples
Dean of the Faculty of Science

Since the beginning of my science education in the 1970’s, I have noticed a welcome increase in the numbers of women working as scientists, teaching at the post secondary level and making important contributions to scientific knowledge.  Even so, women are still underrepresented in science, technology and engineering . As these disciplines become more vital to Canada’s ability to compete with other industrialized economies, post-secondary institutions must provide every opportunity for women and men with interest and talent to participate in this landscape.

SFU WEST will assist young women in finding resources, connections and social and volunteer opportunities in the science, technology and engineering sectors and I am pleased to lend my support to this.

Dr. Claire Cupples
Dean, Faculty of Science
Simon Fraser University

Dr. Nimal Rajapakse
Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) proudly supports SFU WEST in its efforts to attract more female students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The participation of female students in computing science and engineering programs has been quite low across Canada. Much more has to be done in collaboration with industry and schools to promote careers in STEM disciplines as attractive options for women.

As a Faculty committed to reinforcing excellence through diversity, we fully support the activities of SFU WEST and plan to work closely to recruit more female students to FAS and mentor them to become successful professionals.   

Dr. Nimal Rajapakse, P.Eng.
Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences
Simon Fraser University