The Society of Women Engineers is a national professional organization that aims to support and promote women in achieving their full potential in engineering careers. National SWE awards scholarships and holds the world's largest conference and career fair for women engineers each year. The SWE section at UVA has three areas of focus: outreach, professional development, and community building.
SWE at UVA has outreach programs for girls at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, all of which aim to inspire interest in engineering fields through hands-on activities, design challenges, tours, and speakers.
We support the professional development of our members through a variety of events including interviewing workshops, resume reviews, major advising, company information sessions, and the national and regional SWE conferences.
We aim to foster a strong sense of community for our members through our mentorship family program, which encourages involvement and cross-class interaction. Additionally, we host many fun social events throughout the year, including pumpkin painting, apple picking, hiking, and stress-busting exercise classes. These events provide opportunities for our members to get to know each other and build long-lasting networks in an environment beyond the classroom.
"Empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion."
- SWE Mission Statement