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Schlumberger Funds Conference Attendance

Tulane students attend the Society of Women Engineers conference in Baltimore, Md.

Although the number of women in the field of engineering continues to grow, women still remain a minority in the profession. Every year the Society of Women Engineers hosts a national conference to bring together women engineers from throughout the country.

When students from the School of Science and Engineering wanted to travel to Baltimore, Md. for the national conference, funding limited the number of students that could attend.

“The national conference is a unique opportunity for female engineering students. It is wonderful for career development because almost every major engineering company in the country attends,” says Rebecca Frederick, a graduate engineering student.

Frederick and her fellow students turned to the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations for help with funding. Melissa Erekson, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, reached out to Jean Francois Poupeau and his company Schlumberger. A School of Science and Engineering graduate, Poupeau knows the quality of a Tulane education and has been interested in developing more partnership opportunities between Tulane and Schlumberger.

Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers in the oil and gas industry. The company recognizes the importance of diversity in the work force and regularly supports science and technology education initiatives.

Sponsoring students to attend the Society of Women Engineers national conference seemed like a great way to engage students in a meaningful way. Schlumberger graciously funded the students’ attendance at the 2013 Society of Women Engineers national conference, which was held October 24-26 in Baltimore, Md.

“The conference was a wonderful way for women engineers to network, connect and support one another. We hope to continue to expand our organization so that one day women won’t be a minority in the engineering industry,” says Frederick.

Because of the Schlumberger’s generosity, Tulane students will also be able to attend the upcoming regional conference. Poupeau plans to continue a partnerships between Schlumberger and Tulane.