Engineering alumna Sharlene Carslon featured as part of #30YearsLater30Engineers campaign

December 05, 2019

Sharlene Carlson is one of 30 women featured in a campaign led by Engineering Deans Canada (EDC) to highlight the achievements of women in engineering, 30 years after an event that specifically targeted women in this field.

December 6, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the mass shooting of 14 women (almost all of whom were engineering students) at École Polytechnique de Montréal (now Polytechnique Montreal). This year, EDC wants to commemorate this tragic event by celebrating the outstanding work of female engineers across Canada who were touched by this event, but survived and forged a path forward for other women to follow.  EDC invited each of the Canadian engineering schools that offered an accredited engineering program in 1989 to put forward the story of an engineering alumna who graduated within three years of the massacre (1986-1992), and whose career exemplifies the changes that women have brought to the engineering profession and to Canadian society.

The intention in focusing on these new stories is to move forward from what was lost in the form of young lives, and to put a spotlight on the strength and resilience of those whose lives were touched by the event, but spared to continue their life’s work, and to inspire the expanded inclusion of women in the profession by showcasing the stories of how they have changed the way we think and practice.

Carlson, who graduated in 1990 with a BASc degree from SFU's engineering electronics program, is one of the women featured in this campaign. As an engineer, Carlson has contributed to the development of new telecommunications devices. Read her profile here or download the PDF by clicking on the image below.

The profiles of all 30 women can be viewed at