Executive leaders of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) traveled to Shanghai for a meeting of the UM-SJTU Joint Institute (JI). The Joint Institute was stablished in 2006 by two premier universities, the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The mission of JI is to build a world-class educational and research institute in China and foster future researchers and leaders with a global perspective. JI adopts curriculum blending the unique features of the two founding universities. Both of its undergraduate majors, Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), achieved ABET accreditation. All courses are taught in English by world-class faculty recruited from leading universities in the U.S. and other countries.
This week's meeting focused on the advancement of women in engineering and technology within the workforce and at universities, highlighting the innovative and extraordinary work and research of women in the global engineering community.
The SWE team took part in a cross-cultural exchange of insights and ideas for cultivating greater participation of women in engineering disciplines. They discussed building deeper connections between employers and academia as well as future opportunities for collaboration and partnership between participating organizations and SWE.
The meeting opened with a presentation by SWE Headquarters staff and was followed by a panel comprised of corporate executives and university leaders representing different industries and disciplines within engineering and technology. Moderated by SWE Executive Director and CEO Karen Horting, speakers included Rella Huang, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Research & Development General Manager; Amy Niu, Keysight Technologies Semiconductor Test Solution Business Manager; and Cindy Xie, Intel China Senior Engineering Director.