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.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Mechanical Engineering
“I enjoy powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. I am the 2015 International Powerlifting League World Champion for the 52-kg Junior Women’s class!”
“I am always engineering because I continuously contemplate how to execute my lifts more efficiently and effectively! I experiment with body placement and think about physics. For example, I think of ways to lessen the ranges of motion for deadlifts, how I can optimize technique under big loads for snatches, how much speed I really need for optimum power and how different widths of grip affect my executions.”
“I love the thrills of challenging myself physically and mentally!”
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.