Don't Miss Panel Discussions at WE18

You'll find lots of great panel discussions at WE18, the Annual Conference of the Society of Women Engineers, Oct. 18-20, in Minneapolis, MN.
Don't Miss Panel Discussions at WE18

WE18 is October 18-20 in Minneapolis, MN. If you haven’t already, register for WE18 online nowDownload the WE18 App and use the WE18 Online Conference Planner to create a schedule and make the most of your time in Minneapolis. 

WE18 Panel Discussions

Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto: The Benefits (and Challenges) of Cognitive Technologies
Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to be a hot topic, and it will likely be for years to come. Our panelists will be asked about the current and future state of artificial intelligence and how it will augment, support, drive, and challenge human intelligence and existing economic models.
10:30 am – 11:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Thursday, October 18

Start Me Up
How do we incubate and encourage more women entrepreneurs? There is a perpetual dearth of women starting their own companies and numbers seemingly never improve. This panel will consider how to encourage more women to start their own businesses in engineering and technology while also providing insight on how to remove barriers for women entrepreneurs, including funding challenges.
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm, MCC, Main Auditorium
Thursday, October 18

Leading Innovation in The Public Sector: Perspectives From NASA, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force
Speakers: NASA, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force
Thursday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
This one-of-a kind panel of experts share their processes for new innovation — from creation to execution though the pipelines.

Staying Agile– Developing Dynamic Teams
The concept of Agile methods first emerged in IT and many organizations currently use an Agile approach to software development. Within the last 5 years these methods have spread to other functional areas like product development, marketing, and learning and development. Some organizations were born agile, while more established organizations can struggle to transition from more traditional hierarchies to a more agile organizational model. This panel will focus on strategies for forming multidisciplinary agile teams that can spur greater innovation within engineering and technology.
10:30 am – 11:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Friday, October 19

Breaking Boundaries
WE18’s theme, Let’s Break Boundaries, is about all women engineers, young and old, veterans, those in the early stages of their career or still in school, are breaking boundaries both personally and for women across the globe. To illustrate the power of this theme, we’ll hear from a distinguished panel of women who have blazed a trail within engineering and broken a few boundaries during their career.
8:30 am - 9:45 am, MCC, Main Auditorium
Saturday, October 20

State of Women in Engineering
Speakers: Peggy Layne, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech; Peter Meiksins, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Professor of Sociology, Cleveland State University; Roberta Rincon, SWE Senior Manager of Research; Laura Ettinger, Associate Professor of History, Clarkson University; Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Friday, October 19, 3:00 pm  – 4:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium

Join us for this comprehensive presentation to learn more about current research trends on the state of women in engineering. During this special event, you will hear from the SWE Literature Review authors as they frame the discussion and point to the current research landscape regarding data on women in engineering, gender bias, workplace culture, and more. We’ll examine SWE’s own research, along with a look at the experiences of women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s. The recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” will be discussed by the report’s co-author, Alice Merner Agogino, Ph.D., mechanical engineering professor and education director, University of California, Berkeley. 

Stem Leaders and Their Engineer Daughters
Presented by: Raytheon
Friday, October 19, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 208
With the dearth of women in engineering and engineer­ing-related fields, there are some factors that correlate positively for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). One of those factors is having a parent who works in a STEM field. The probability of a girl majoring in hard science increases 11 percentage points with a parent who works in STEM. Why is that? What does it take to raise an engineer daughter? Join this panel of executives (with STEM backgrounds) and their engineer daughters.