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Elk Grove Resident Awarded HP Scholarship for Female Engineers

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SAN LUIS OBISPO - Jessie Pease of Elk Grove, Calif., exemplifies a new generation of female engineers, and she's in good company. Or Fast Company, to be exact.

Fast Company, a major business and technology journal, profiled Pease as a recipient of the prestigious Hewlett-Packard scholarship for women who, in the formative years of their career, are at the fore of bridging the gender gap in the cybersecurity field.

Nationally, only 18 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women, and in the field of cybersecurity, the number is even lower.

Pease is president of the Women in Software and Hardware club at Cal Poly and participates in the Lean In Circle, a group of women who discuss how to tackle the gender gap in computer science.

(Pictured above: Cal Poly computer science senior Jessie Pease (Elk Grove, Calif.) is featured on the cover of Doing, Cal Poly Engineering's annual report.)