The Society of Women Engineers is the largest non-profit educational and service organization representing both student and professional women in engineering and technical fields. Founded in 1950, it was designed to serve as a center of information on women in engineering and to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement. SWE represents over 19,000 members in 90 professional sections and 300 student sections- one of which is here at RPI.
On Campus Associates
RPI SWE would like to acknowledge and support the efforts of other groups on campus with whom we share a common goal: advancement of women students on the Rensselaer campus.
The RPI School of Engineering's Women's Mentor Program provides community among women students at Rensselaer, matching first year female students with female peer mentors. More information about the Women's Mentor Program can be found here.
We would also like to acknowledge the RPI Panhellenic Council, which serves as the governing body for both National Panhellenic Sororities and Associate members. More information can be found here.
The The RPI Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) strives to recruit, engage, and rejoice in the accomplishments of female computer scientists within the institute. Find their website here.
Chartered in 1975, RPI SWE currently consists of many Societal members and is a part of Region F. We hold activities on and off-campus that include monthly general meetings, interacting with local Girl Scout troops and schools to encourage interest in science and engineering, visits by corporate speakers, workshops on professional topics, attending societal and regional conferences, hosting an etiquette dinner, and fun social events.
In addition, SWE is a unique opportunity to meet other women on campus with similar interests as your own, give and receive support, and create a network of friends. However, you need not be an engineer or even a female to join! We have many events and opportunities which can benefit any major or gender at RPI, including corporate guests and interview/resume training.
Each Executive Board officer every year has to create Societal SWE aligned goals that they will update throughout the year to chart their progress. Click here to check out our current Executive Board.
Region F - The New England region of SWE covers Maine, New Hampshire Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and eastern New York. Region F has over 800 professional members from 8 different sections and almost 800 collegiate members at 35 colleges and universities. Region F is governed by the Regional Council, consisting of Section Representatives, the Regional Student Representatives, and the Members-at-Large Representative.