University of Kentucky
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit, educational service organization with the following mission:
To stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and 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 objectives of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) are:
- To inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them;
- To serve as a center of information on women in engineering;
- To encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.
More info can be found at www.swe.org.
UK SWE, a student-driven organization, strives to meet the goals set by the SWE Board of Directors and our section. The strategies to achieve these goals include five categories:
Leadership, Education, Visibility, Diversity, and Resources.
We develop leadership and management qualities by holding open elections for officers and directors. We hold general meetings, typically ran by a company representative, that include topics such as confidence in a male-dominated filed, business etiquette, and career after college.
We actively participate in the National Engineer’s Week festivities UK presents both by hosting a SWE Bowl, where we bring together the UK engineering organizations to compete for SWE-provided funding, and by hosting an event at Engineering Day.
We are constantly working to create programming that enhances the lives of its members and others. A few of our biggest programs are as follows:
- Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair in the fall, with 190+ companies in attendance
- Leaders and Learners, which is an internal mentoring program that matches students with older students in their majors
- SWE Girl Day, which encourages girls in high school to consider a career in engineering
- Collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and other organizations to encourage diversity in engineering
- Student Representation in the College of Engineering Professional Mentoring Program
- Participation in regional and national conferences
We deliver the majority of our information through the website, Facebook, and the UK SWE listserve. Below you can find the link to our Facebook, as well as the sign-up form to join the listserve.