As part of a continuing effort to encourage young women to pursue technical careers, Picatinny Arsenal hosted its sixth year of “Introduce a Girl to Engineering,” which attracted 100 students from 28 schools.

The  event on Feb. 22, which could be described as a mini-science fair, encourages young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), career fields are predominantly male.

Picatinny engineers showcased their area of STEM expertise, including logistics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing and various fields of engineering.

By participating in hands-on demonstrations and experiments, attendees gained an understanding of the value of engineering and an appreciation for the various types of engineering at Picatinny.”

The largest organization at Picatinny, the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, employs hundreds of engineers in various specialty fields. ARDEC has 352 female employees who are engineers and scientists,  which is 16 percent of all workforce scientists and engineers.

“We believe in the fact that our next generation of these young ladies is so important to the national security,” said Gihan Oraby, president of the Picatinny chapter of Women in Defense.

“We need them to be able to keep this mission going. So, little by little, we reach out as much as we can to touch that one person, that one young lady, to able to see how wonderful this type of world can be and how they can be a true asset to the future.”