The Penn Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a student group at the University of Pennsylvania. We are a collegiate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, a non-profit service organization aimed at informing the community of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers. Its mission is to stimulate women to achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers and as 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 University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter has three primary objectives:
- Professional development and corporate relations
- Education outreach to local high schools and elementary schools
- Community development and social engagement
Penn SWE consists of the following three committees. Applications open at the beginning of each semester:
Marketing and Communications Committee
The Marketing & Communications committee facilitates communication between SWE and the rest of Penn by sending out weekly newsletters, managing our Facebook and Instagram accounts (follow us! @pennswe), and maintaining the SWE website.
Educational Outreach Committee
The Educational Outreach Committee inspires the next generation of women engineers by promoting STEM education and engaging with community partners. Events and initiatives held include GEARS (Girls in Engineering and Related Sciences) Day, High School Shadowing Day, and mentorship with students at local schools. Committee members will be responsible for helping organize and coordinate these events, serving as mentors, and brainstorming new initiatives.
Community Development Committee
The Community Development Committee cultivates a tight-knit, supportive, and confident community of women engineers by fostering mentorship, personal connections, and career development. The committee is responsible for planning mentorship initiatives, social events, professional development workshops, and wellness initiatives.