Did you know that the first woman in Sweden to become an engineer studied at Chalmers? Vera Sandberg got her engineering degree in 1917 and Chalmers is acknowledging this with a statue, which will hopefully inspire the young generation to choose a future in technology!
At the time of Vera’s studies at Chalmers, it was virtually unheard of for women to study technology, engineering was for men and by entering this world, she broke one of the strongest norms of her time.
Today, Chalmers has over 10 000 students representing all corners of the world and a wide variety of backgrounds – nobody lifts an eyebrow at a woman studying engineering. Breaking norms is the norm today and we encourage diversity of all sorts, at Chalmers as well as in society at large.
Many of Chalmers’ students have stories much like Vera’s in their backpacks. The main challenge today is to get young people to go for a career in technology and engineering.
Vera Sandberg is a fantastic role model for young people – an entrepreneur who had the courage to follow her dream.
Chalmers takes on an active role when it comes to increasing the interest in science and technology for. We offer student-run initiatives such as homework support and mentoring for high school students and fun technology competitions for younger age groups as well as support for high school teachers of science subjects.
A role model for young people
Vera Sandberg is a fantastic role model for young people – an entrepreneur who had the courage to follow her dream. We want to honor her with a statue at the centre of entrepreneurship at Chalmers, in Vera Sandbergs allé, where the School of Entrepreneurship, Chalmers Ventures and Chalmers Innovation/Stena Center are all gathered.