The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a group that focuses on women in engineering and computer science fields. The mission of SWE is to “stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, 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 SWE chapter at Binghamton University consists of approximately 30 members. SWE is a Student Association charter group whose active participants are both male and female. The society wants to acknowledge women in engineering and encourage students to continue their technical education in the Watson School.
This Society of Women Engineers has been involved in several fundraising activities, such as bake sales and providing circuit packets to engineering students. After raising enough money and receiving donations from the Watson School academic departments, the society held its first book scholarship. This award is presented to a freshman in the Watson school who is studying engineering or computer science and is a member of SWE. Applications can be found on the SWE bulletin board located on the third floor of the engineering building by the “S” section. The deadline for applications is March 14th and the scholarship will be presented at the annual end of semester SWE banquet.
The Society of Women Engineers holds an annual regional conference each fall at a different university. There are many workshops at these conferences where students have the opportunity to speak to professional women engineers. SWE members can also find out about graduate schools and other various engineering job opportunities. There is also a job fair where students can submit resumes to local companies. The annual regional conferences are a great way to meet fellow engineering students at other universities and make connections to better your future.