Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a nonprofit educational, professional, and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE promotes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.
The WPI chapter is a part of SWE Region F. The mission of the chapter is three-fold: to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity. In addition to holding general meetings, SWE officers and members participate in a wide variety of programs and outreach activities, including:
- Professional development workshops focused on resume writing and interview tips, internship and employment opportunities, work-life balance, and networking with WPI alumni and female industry professionals.
- Social events and mixers both on and off campus.
- Two annual Girl Scout Days. On October 19, 2013, WPI will host the Girl Scout STEM Expo. This day-long event will bring together 300-400 female students in grades 4-8 who are interested in learning about the STEM fields. SWE will help organize the event, provide volunteers, and serve as women engineer role models.
- The SWE Future Leaders (SWEFL) program, which started in 2006 to improve the pipeline of collegiate leaders. The program has generated 107 SWEFLs, representing all 10 regions and over 80 schools. Individuals are nominated for participation in the SWEFL program and, when selected, attend the annual Collegiate Leadership Forum (CLF). At CLF, SWEFLs receive training on both SWE and leadership topics, such as business etiquette, personal brand, and communication. SWEFLs also have the opportunity to network with collegiate and professional members from across the country.
- The Annual SWE National Conference. More than 6,000 women from around the world will be in Baltimore, Maryland from October 24-26 for WE13 to make connections and make history. They will come to network, start or advance their career, and experience highly rated professional development offerings.
- The Annual Region F Conference. This conference provides officers and members with the opportunity to meet their current regional leaders, give feedback directly to the region, and find out more on how they can get involved. Students also have the opportunity to attend a career fair, network with industry leaders, and participate in leadership and technical workshops that focus on a variety of pertinent topics.