The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational 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 is the driving force that establishes 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 Texas Tech section is part of SWE Region C. It focuses on having company recruiters speak about college to career transition, resume and interview tips, internship/co-op opportunities, and providing networking opportunities for women in the Whitacre College of Engineering. In addition to holding bi-weekly general meetings, SWE officers and members organize/participate in the following annual events:
- Catch the Engineering Bug is a day of engineering activities for 80-100 middle school girls to help encourage them into pursuing a job in engineering and science. It is held annually during the fall seemester. The morning activities include women speakers who have worked in engineering and then a rotation to learn about all the different fields of engineering by visiting college research laboratories. The afternoon activities include group and individual hands-on engineering projects. Participants receive a free lunch and a catch the engineering bug t-shirt. Contact us by email to learn more about it.
- Night at the Science Spectrum is a sleep-over style event for high school girls. The night consists of activities to encourage them to pursue STEM fields in college. It is held annually during the spring semester at The Science Spectrum, Lubbock's science museum. For this outreach event the girls can get one-on-one time with current engineering students to learn the ins and out of the majors and opportunities offered through STEM fields. In addition to the time with students, there are group activities that are hands-on engineering projects. Participants receive a dinner & breakfast and a “Night at the Science Spectrum” t-shirt. Contact us by email to learn more about it.
- Pink Engineering Dinner is held annually during Engineers Week in February. This event welcomes all females within the college together to celebrate their accomplishments. All female students, faculty, and staff are personally invited to attend a free dinner, allowing them to make contact with others in their field. It is a very special event that allows the students to interact with faculty and staff outside of the classroom environment. The goal for this event is to better unite the females in this male dominated field and better spread the popularity of the Society of Women Engineers. Door prizes are donated from local stores and restaurants. Aluma from the Whitacre College of Engineering are invited as special guests and speakers and share their experiences in engineering with the attendants.
- All officers attend the Annual SWE Conference. Raise the heights of innovation with more than 5,000 women engineers and technologists at SWE annual conferences. Whether you are an experienced professional or a collegian looking to start your career, you can participate in valuable professional development sessions, network with other engineering professionals and students, find your dream job at the Career Fair, featuring more than 200 companies, government agencies and universities, and enjoy exciting plenaries, keynote speakers and awards banquets, including Celebrate SWE!
- All officers and active members have a chance to attend the Annual Region C Conference where they have a chance to not only meet your current regional leaders, but also hear from candidates for next year's regional collegiate team! This is also a chance to give feedback directly to the region and find out more on how you can get involved! At the conferences you can get to know SWE members all across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas! Conferences are full of networking opportunities, but it may be difficult to find the right way to meet collegiates and professionals. This new event is your chance to interact with them in a casual, fun environment! Whether you're a freshman or a senior looking for a full-time job, do not miss out on the career fair! Network with industry leaders from over twenty companies. It's never too early or too late. Leadership and technical workshops are held to help members on various things. From professional development, to avoiding leadership burnout, to being an engineer outside of a cube. Presenters include SWE collegiates, SWE professionals, and several companies. These workshops are interactive and very informative. The 2012 SWE Region C Conference was hosted by us and held in Lubbock!
- SWE also is involved in a variety of engineering outreach events organized by the Whitacre College of Engineering, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Women in Science Endeavors (WISE), and others where we provide volunteers, organize parts of the event, or simply serve as women engineer role models.
Calendar of Events:
To find out about current events, look for SWE flyers in the Whitacre College of Engineering buildings or check out our Facebook page.
- President: Gabriela Mena, gabriela.mena (a) ttu.edu
- Vice President: Valerie Cafferata, valerie.cafferata (a) ttu.edu
- Treasurer: Shivani Vyas, shivani.r.vyas (a) ttu.edu
- Secretary: Maggie Clegg, margaret.clegg (a) ttu.edu
- Historian: Amanda Metzler, amanda.metzler (a) ttu.edu
- Community Service: Stacy Sanchez, stacy.sanchez (a) ttu.edu, and Jenny Beth Harris, jennifer.b.harris (a) ttu.edu
- Public Relations (inside TTU): Nicole Elliott, nicole.elliott (a) ttu.edu
- Public Relations (outside TTU): Bolaji Afolabi, bolaji.afolabi (a) ttu.edu
- Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tanja Karp, tanja.karp (a) ttu.edu and Dr. Susan Mengel, susan.mengel (a) ttu.edu
If you are interested or have further questions feel free to contact us by Email or contact one of the officers above directly.
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Society of Women Engineers, Texas Tech University, Mail Stop 3103, Lubbock, TX, 79409-3103, webmaster email. This website was last updated August 28, 2014.