I almost didn’t write this article. I was worried that talking about women in engineering could be seen as complaining or looking for special treatment. Why is it a subject we need to highlight ? For me, the answer is the numbers - there are not enough women in engineering. Why is this significant? I believe engineering, and in particular, the field of Clinical Engineering would be better with a balance of women and men working collectively together. A quote I recently saw in an article ‘What will it take to get more women in green energy jobs’ sums it up for me - ‘Fewer women means less diversity; less diversity means less innovation; less innovation means less economic growth; and less economic growth is a serious economic threat.’¹
One of my roles as a Clinical Engineer is in the area of Laser Safety and providing technical support to the eye clinic.
When we work in specific technology areas, as Clinical Engineers we are often very involved with instruments that are not perhaps electronic and that do not fit strictly into the realm of clinical engineering. We often find ourselves in discussions with clinicians regarding problem solving for particular tricky procedures. A deeper understanding of the clinical procedures would certainly be of benefit to the professionalism of Clinical Engineers.