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USS Kidd Gives Tour to Society of Women Engineers

Story Number: NNS100116-15 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matt Snodgrass, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, USS Kidd (DDG 100), held a tour for members of the Society of Women Engineers Jan. 14 at Naval Station San Diego.

Four members of the Society of Women Engineers were on hand to explore Kidd and observe technology's impact aboard the ship.

"The whole tour was interesting," said Raushanah Shahid, a member of society, who is enrolled at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. "I really enjoyed seeing the different areas of the ship and seeing how important engineers are to the maintenance of the ship."

The purpose of the tour was to introduce the women to the many opportunities available for engineers in the Navy.

"This tour introduced members from various universities across the country to shipboard life and how engineering relates to what we do on board," said Ensign Alexis Steele, the operational intelligence officer. "It shows what career paths could apply to them with a degree in engineering."

The society's members got a guided tour of several of the ship's compartments, including the ship's bridge and mission control center.

"My favorite part was observing the system controls and learning how Sailors operate the ship," said Shahid.

The crew of Kidd was proud to display the technology and mechanisms the ship possessed and how engineers kept them running smoothly.

"I really wanted to share what our ship does and how we interact with engineers and technology aboard a U.S. Navy ship," said Steele. "It was a great opportunity to be able to connect what people are studying in school to a real-world application. So much of the ship depends on engineers, from the damage control side to how our combat systems work."

The Society of Women Engineers members who attended the tour earned their trip through hard work and academic excellence.

The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit educational and service organization which empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, providing recognition for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, the society establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities.

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