All collegiate sections, professional sections and MALs should note that the deadline to submit nominations for this year’s awards is July 1, 2013. SWE is looking for section excellence in the areas of communications, membership, multicultural activities, outreach programs and professional development. For more information on these awards go here. Questions can be sent to email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society of Women Engineers is a Supporting Organization for the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference. The conference will bring more than 2,000 leaders and visionaries in business, education and government to Austin, Texas, from June 17-19, 2013. The event will advance the agenda for national change in STEM education, policy and workforce development and will focus on targeted outcomes that create an impact to fill jobs now and advance the future of the STEM workforce. For more information on the conference or participating, visit the website.
I am pleased to announce the call for FY14 committee members. The power of our committees and our volunteers is what moves SWE forward. Society committees are also a major aspect of our talent development pipeline process. I encourage both collegiates and professionals to join the SWE volunteer team for FY14!
If you currently serve on a committee, please confirm with the current leader your interest in continuing to serve in FY14. If you are not serving on a committee and are interested in doing so, please complete the online volunteer interest form. You can learn more about the Society committees and find contact information for current chairs on the committees page of the SWE website. Click here for a complete list and description of committees seeking volunteers for FY14. The appropriate committee chair will contact you to discuss volunteering options. There are a wide range of opportunities and levels of commitment.
SWE values diversity and thus I encourage all of you to think about the opportunity of serving on a committee. Thanks to all who are currently serving. I am looking forward to another great year of progress!
FY13 President Elect
This is a reminder to all collegiate sections that the deadline to submit your entry for Outstanding Collegiate Section is May 31, 2013. Click here for more information. Questions can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 5, 11am EDT / 3pm UTC
Sustainable Solutions for Emerging Markets: Technology, Innovation & Livelihoods
Presented by Radha Basu, Director Frugal Innovation Lab, Santa Clara University
Developing adaptable, accessible, appropriate, and affordable products, technologies, and solutions for emerging markets is rapidly becoming a critical skill for professionals in all disciplines. Engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policy-makers alike are facing a changing global landscape in which the GDP of the developing world will be surpassing that of the developed world (estimated 2016 - Economist). 76% of the world's 6 billion mobile phones are geographically in emerging markets (World Bank), and reverse innovation is increasingly becoming a normalized process for developing solutions for the western world.
Global trends demand sustainable solutions. In E4C’s June 5th webinar, Radha Basu will discuss from her uniquely credentialed perspective about how technology solutions can be fused with self-sustaining models for large, scalable, positive impact. Whether it is in mobile money, agriculture, livelihood development, medical devices, clean water, or sustainable energy, participants will discover that through a well-informed design innovation process coupled with mindful core competencies, sustainable solutions for emerging markets can be successfully pursued.
Will you be a section or region or MAL officer in FY14 and interested in learning more about finances at the section and region level? The finance committee is offering webinar training:
SWE Finance Training for Incoming (FY14) Section, Region, and MAL Officers
Thursday, May 23
6:30 – 8:00 pm CDT
The webinar will cover the latest version of the finance manual and answer questions from participants. Please send us your questions in advance.
We’ll record the webinar and it will be available for replay within 24 hours. All registrants will automatically receive a link to the replay.
The Society of Women Engineers is delighted to celebrate its 63rd anniversary on May 27. Through the decades, we have proudly provided a voice and a place for women in engineering. With your support, we look forward to serving the unique needs of women engineers around the world for decades to come.
Take a stroll down memory lane and experience milestones and historic documents by visiting our Tumblr site. This blog features a daily dose of fun SWE events from days gone by along with historic moments for women in engineering from our expansive SWE archives.
Tune into our Facebook page on May 27 for a sweet treat, too.
The Society of Women Engineers began a pilot program this spring to provide employers, with at least 200 eligible potential SWE members, with discounted employer-sponsored dues.
“Our goal is to facilitate more women gaining access to our programs while having employers see the value of SWE as a tool for developing and retaining their female technical talent,” said Karen Horting, SWE’s deputy executive director.
“This will grow membership for many sections.” Horting said. “Additionally, it’s a way for businesses to have access to all the SWE benefits for their employees at a discount.”
While many employers have long sponsored individual memberships for their employees, this is the first time SWE has offered a discount for organizations providing this employee benefit in large numbers. Horting said the concept was first presented at the February Corporate Partnership Council (CPC) meeting and she looks forward to forging relationships with more businesses.
“We wanted a way for employers to easily access SWE membership for their employees,” Horting said. “It’s really helping all women in the profession.”
For more information or to learn more about sponsoring your employees’ membership, e-mail Karen Horting.
Judges are a vital part of the Scholarship Program and SWE could not do it without your help. It is through dedicated members’ generosity of judging scholarship applications that young women are fulfilling their dreams of becoming engineers and making significant contributions to society.
Last year SWE provided 198 scholarships valued at $577,400. It is that time of year again to help judge scholarship applications for freshman students.
Many judges have stated it is a rewarding experience to judge scholarships for these talented, aspiring future women engineers. The applications are inspiring and it is amazing to see a glimpse in to the world of these future engineers.
Judging will be open from approximately May 30 – June 19. All judging will be done online; therefore, you can judge at your own pace and on your own schedule. Recorded webinar training is available.
Rally your fellow SWE professional members to help judge the freshman scholarship applications. We look forward to having you participate, please sign up here. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Christine Pitner, and Inaas Darrat, P.E.
SWE FY13 Scholarship Committee Chair & Chair-Elect
We are spreading the word to let the world know, SWE provides a lifetime of opportunities! Everyone knows someone who needs support, mentoring, or networking opportunities. Whether retired, newly graduating, several years into a career, taking time away from a career, perhaps "home engineering their family" as I am, or contemplating studying engineering ... tell people about the great opportunities that SWE can provide. After more than 30 years networking with SWE, I can tell you that nothing is more effective than personal word of mouth. Every week I find opportunities to recruit SWE members. For example, I just recently attended a mother/son night at my children's school. In between dodge ball games I chatted with several moms about SWE. The next morning, as a result of our conversations, I'm happy to report that our section received one new member. On another occasion, my niece phoned me from college and put me in touch with a few classmates of hers who were interested in knowing more about SWE. I subsequently phoned the students and their parents to give them a synopsis of what SWE has to offer. These people were so impressed that they immediately signed up for SWE collegiate memberships.
You, the members, make it happen. You can do amazing things. Together we can move SWE's mission forward and make a positive difference in the world. Please join me and SWE and spread the word!
Susan Thomas Schlett
SWE Membership Committee Chair FY13