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 SWE members how they’re Always Connecting and Always Engineering in their lives.Today we are speaking with Mei-Li Hey!
University of San Diego, Mechanical Engineering
“I am a rock climber, so I would be depicted as an adventurous, outdoor-loving and climbing enthusiast along with being a professional engineer. Climbing is problem solving; one can think of a climb as solving a puzzle, making dynamic movements and being conscious of where your center of gravity is located.
It is also a very social sport, including spending time with loved ones and enjoying the outdoors. This aspect may seem opposite of what a stereotypical engineer is, but SWE is attempting to break stereotypes.”
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.