Kim Jones (ChemE 0T3) was recently named Chair of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE).
Jones, a professor with the McMaster Engineering Faculty, comes to this role with a wealth of experience in supporting women in engineering, having previously served as a McMaster Engineering Faculty Leadership Fellow where her focus was diversity. Jones is also Chair of the Women in Engineering Committee at McMaster, which supports female faculty members.
Formed in 2005, ONWiE is a network of all university engineering faculties across Ontario, and is dedicated to working collaboratively to support current female engineers and engineering students, and to encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering.
The organization co-ordinates programs for youth, such as Go ENG Girl and Go CODE Girl, which allow female students to explore topics related to engineering and technology in a confidence-building hands-on environment: “The two things that I think are most important,” says Jones, “are really working collaboratively with all the other universities to reach everyone and making sure that we are all going toward a common goal instead of working in isolation. This is already happening and I’d like to make it happen even more. The more we can reach out and solve this problem together the more successful we’re likely to be.”