This year’s theme for WE17 is Always Connecting … Always Engineering. You cannot attend a WE conference without forming connections, and we know that engineering is more than just a profession … it’s a mindset and outlook that defines who you are and how you think.
So, in anticipation of the largest conference for women engineers, we’re asking our members how they’re Always Connecting and Always Engineering in their lives.
Manufacturing Supervisor, Rockwell Automation
“When I’m not working on Low Voltage Motor Control Centers, one can always find me riding my bike (who I have named Azure because she is blue!) through the streets and trails of Milwaukee. As someone who studied biomechanical engineering, I consistently think not only about the mechanics of my bike, but also the mechanics of my body controlling and operating the bike. Understanding the mechanics of your bike and body, and how they work together, is incredibly important when it comes to performance and safety.
Additionally, I have been working on a bicycle that helps patients with Parkinson’s Disease. My experience with biomechanics and my love of cycling have provided significant impact for this project.
Tell us how you’re Always Connecting…Always Engineering with #AlwaysEngineering. Tag @SWETalk on Twitter and Instagram, and @sweorg on Facebook!
More than 10,000 women engineers from all over the world will gather in Austin, Texas Oct. 26-28 to empower each other, learn and get inspired at WE17. Hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), WE17 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering.
The gender gap in STEM fields remains wide across all specialties, and more females than males leave the engineering profession as their career grows. In fact, 30 percent of women leaving STEM fields cite workplace climate as the reason. Corporate culture, perception and other conscious and unconscious biases are preventing the gender gap from closing and are discouraging women from pursuing a successful future in STEM.