About the University of Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineers (PittSWE)

Mission: To empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, 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 Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineers provides female students with many opportunities to network within the field of engineering and become involved in a national professional society. Pitt SWE empowers women to advance and succeed in the field of engineering. Pitt SWE also provides the opportunity for students to learn more about this exciting field and gain knowledge and leadership skills that will help students to achieve success.

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Our History

1950 65 Female engineering students first met in New Jersey and formed the society. Beatrice Hicks was elected as the first SWE president

1951 Pittsburgh Section was the first chartered section after the original formation of the Society"

1954 Drexel University is the first chartered Collegiate Section

1967 The first International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists takes place with over 100 international delegates

1970 The University of Pittsburgh Student Section is recognized

1976 SWE admits male members with full rights and privileges

1998 SWE goes to space! Dr. Bonnie Dunbar takes SWE memorabilia with her on a January space mission

2007 The University of Pittsburgh hosts the Region G conference

2008 Received the Silver Award for the Best Collegiate Section

2010 SWE Celebrates 60 years!

2011 Received the Silver Award for Best Collegiate Section and Best Website

2012 Received Region G Gold Award for Acheiving Collegiate Section

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Regional SWE:

The Society of Women Engineers has 10 geographical regions in the United States. Pennsylvania is split between two regions: Region E (Mid-Atlantic Region) and Region G (Ohio Valley Region). Pitt SWE is a member of Region G. Region G is the Ohio Valley Regions and contains Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Some schools included in our region are: Penn State, WVU, Ohio State, Louisville, Grove City, RMU, Case Western, Akron and CMU. The University of Pittsburgh hosted the Regional Conference in 2007. Catch up on the latest Region G news!!! View the Region G website and blog.

National SWE Mission:

Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.