Exciting News Re: 2017 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference & Funding

The University of Washington has a very active student chapter of SWE, which I encourage you to check out: http://uwswe.com/, and there are some great options for participating in the 2017 SWE National Conference in Austin, Texas on October 26-28, 2017.

At the 2017 SWE National Conference: Students will find internships, that all-important first job, new friends, mentors and life-skills not earned in lecture halls. Professionals will rekindle old friendships and make new ones, find new ways to approach their current job or discover a whole-new path. All will find their experience incredible.

AND – This year UW College of Engineering, EE, ChemE, AA and ME will be participating as exhibitors at the conference career fair. Although EE funding is not yet available for our students to attend the conference, we invite you to explore the following options for funding, participating and attending:

WE17 Registration Grant Information

Through the generosity of the SWE Members and donors below, SWE is offering WE17 Registration Grants for the second year to provide assistance to more SWE members (at both the collegiate and professional levels) to attend SWE’s Annual Conference.


Experience SWE Teamwork in Action and Help Drive the Success of the WE17 Conference! Professionals, graduate students and collegians can earn 50% credit towards any of the base registration fees offered.

Pepsico Innovation Challenge!

Now in its third year, the PepsiCo / SWE Student Engineering Challenge is seeking your innovative ideas and technical solutions to challenges in relation to three critical areas: Water, Packaging, and Equipment. Beginning now through July 17, undergraduate teams are encouraged to participate in this year’s Challenge. Among the total submissions, across all three categories, the top three teams overall will be selected as finalists, and will be invited to present their submissions to a judging panel of PepsiCo R&D leaders at WE17 on October 26-28, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

To address the need for more women in positions of academic leadership in engineering and to foster the professional growth of women within the academy, The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) developed the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program. In the fall of 2015, SWE, along with six other minority professional engineering society partners, was awarded a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation called ASSIST (Grant No. 1548200) to increase the diversification of the engineering professorate.

With the support of the ASSIST grant, SWE will be able to fund up to 40 engineering early faculty, post-doctoral professionals, and graduate students to attend ALWE held at WE17. Participants in the program will experience interactive sessions that provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions.

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