The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit, educational service organization with the following mission:
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.
The objectives of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) are:
- To inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them;
- To serve as a center of information on women in engineering;
- To encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.
More info can be found at www.swe.org.
UK SWE strives to meet the goals set by the SWE Board of Directors and our section. The strategies to achieve these goals include five categories: Leadership, Education, Visibility, Diversity, and Resources.
We develop leadership and management qualities by holding open elections for officers and directors. We have general meeting programs that include topics such as motherhood and career, business etiquette, and jobs after college. We actively participate in Team Tech and cooperate in an e-mentoring project with AT&T.
We educate our community about engineering through our outreach program that has activities with the Girl Scouts and local schools. We hold a “Women in Engineering” Career Day for high school girls each year. We also make sure that when a high school girl interested in engineering visits UK, she stays with a SWE member. We tutor weekly in schools around the county. We participate in numerous community service activities. We sponsor a high school scholarship and encourage members to volunteer for freshman orientation.
We are visible within our community through our community service activities, Team Tech, newsletter, and plant trips. We have joint meetings with Bluegrass SWE, our closest professional section. Companies all across the country know about us from our Career Fair that we hold annually. We actively participate in the National Engineer’s Week festivities UK presents. Anyone in the world can see our webpage and we deliver news to each other through our listserve.
We support the diversification of UK’s College of Engineering. We host an annual panel meeting on motherhood and career. We hold a “Women in Engineering” Career Day for high school girls. We also have joint meetings and speakers with UK’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
We increase our resources with our membership drives, bake sales, raffles, t-shirt sales, and more. We receive corporate sponsorship for conferences and Career Fair.