Sandra Cauffman, deputy director for the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA headquarters, is a George Mason University alumna from the College of Engineering and Computing. Her distinguished career will go on to inspire a new generation of engineers, as Cauffman is featured in the children's book Women in Engineering.
The book is fourth in the series Science Wide Open: Women in STEM.
Young and adult readers alike will discover pioneering female engineers who have often gone unrecognized, such as Cauffman, who managed the production of the Hubble Space Telescope; Emily Warren Roebling, who was the chief engineer building the Brooklyn Bridge; and Huang Daopo, who built machines to make fabric.
Women in Engineering teaches readers all about the field alongside women who, throughout time and place, have used creative problem solving to improve and connect the world. This story of invention and discovery is a fun way to show kids that engineering can help bring their imaginations to life. Concepts covered in Women in Engineering include the different fields of engineering, frequency hopping signals, satellites, construction, biomaterials, and more.
The Science Wide Open series is written for children ages 7 –10, but it’s enjoyed by parents, teachers, librarians, and scientists alike.