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Video: SWE Shares Research on State of Women in Engineering

In this session, some of the most important trends are presented that are affecting the advancement of women in engineering.
Video: Swe Shares Research On State Of Women In Engineering

society of women engineersThe Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted its second annual State of Women in Engineering panel discussion at WE17, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers in Austin, Texas, Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center. The State of Women in Engineering session was designed to shed light on some of the most important trends that are affecting the advancement of women in engineering, drawing from key research findings.

Below is video of the presentation and PowerPoint slides. Download a PDF of the slides here.

State of Women in Engineering addressed these questions:

  • Is the prevalence of women in engineering increasing?
  • Intersectionality and female engineers
  • Why don’t more women choose to study engineering?
  • Is there a “leaky pipeline?”
  • The effect of a team atmosphere on female engineers
  • Community college transfer in engineering and computer science
  • How Intel utilized data to drive diversity


Peggy Layne, P.E., Assistant Provost for Faculty Development at Virginia Tech
Peter Meiksins, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Sociology, Cleveland State University
Kacey Beddoes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Heather Metcalf, Ph.D., Director of Research and Analysis, Association for Women in Science
Roberta Rincon, Ph.D., Manager of Research, SWE
Imelda Castro, Director, Equipment Workforce Capability, Intel Corporation

About WE17

WE17 is the world’s largest conference and career fair, drawing more than 14,700 women engineers, advocates for women in engineering, engineering companies, researchers, thought leaders in engineering and collegiates pursuing engineering.

About SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit or call 312.596.5223.

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