by scott kratz, vice president for education

In FY13, the National Building Museum awarded the 10th Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology to the Society of Women Engineers. The jury recognized their 60-year history of giving women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. To mark the occasion, Betty Shanahan, executive director and CEO of the Society of Women Engineers, gave a talk called “Diversity Fueling Innovation” and offered strategies to recruit, retain, and advance women and other under-represented populations in STEM professions.


“The future of the construction industry depends on attracting a more diverse workforce. The Society of Women Engineers is a driving force in bringing women into engineering careers through training, networking, scholarships, and outreach.”

Janice Tuchman, editor-in-chief of Engineering News Record and Turner Prize juror


“The selection and recognition of Society of Women Engineers is long overdue. Women have been a welcome force to the team of people who are in construction. Their professional leadership contributions have not only enhanced the process of construction but the quality of facilities for the end user, the public at large.”

Hal Parmelee, past president of Turner Construction Company and Turner Prize juror



Percent of people employed in the engineering field are women
Source: National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2012