Toby Daly-Engel, a shark biologist in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences, gave a keynote presentation at this year’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Symposium Jan. 21–23 at Patrick Air Force Base.
The symposium, held by the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), was aimed at inspiring the next generation of STEM enthusiasts through interactive demonstrations, inspirational speakers and networking opportunities.
Daly-Engel’s presentation was on sharks and their importance to the marine ecosystem. As one of the first and few women in her field, she understands the importance of events like WiSE for encouraging young women to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.
“If you’re the only female in a group of men, there is a lot of pressure to perform at a higher level,” she told AFTAC officials. “Throw in the pressures of balancing life’s demands like the desire to have a family and a career at the same time, and it makes it doubly hard for women. But it shouldn’t have to be a conflict – we as women have earned the right to work, stay home or do both.”
The WiSE Symposium is held yearly to emphasize the value that gender diversity brings to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
PICTURED: Toby Daly-Engle (right), exchanges business cards with Trinity Ann Martinez, a 10th grader and aspiring marine biologist who attended the Women in Science and Engineering Symposium hosted by the Air Force Technical Applications Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew S. Jurgens)