2020 Online Learning Lineup

SWE has a number of online learning courses, webinars, and videos that are extremely useful for SWE members. Take a look below and find a number of interesting online learning resources.
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Building Section Membership

Your section would not exist without members. Having strong membership numbers is a critical part of section vitality. This course will walk you through the SWE Membership Building Strategy – an important cycle that allows sections to build and retain their membership numbers, based on research and planning.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and analyze current and potential member segments of your section.
  • Fill out a Membership Building Worksheet.
  • Outline strategies to recruit members based on a Membership Building Worksheet.
  • Outline strategies to retain members based on a Membership Building Worksheet.

Fund Development and Your SWE Section

Raising money is not always easy – but it is a crucial piece of SWE section vitality. This course was designed to help section leaders at any stage of their SWE career master basic concepts of fund development.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Examine the state of your section’s fund development through self-reflection questions and budget analysis.
  • Describe each step of the Fund Development Cycle, and identify resources to help your section complete each step

Introduction to SWE’s Leadership Competency Model

This course provides an introduction to SWE’s Leadership Competency Model. After participating in this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the six SWE leadership competencies and the purpose of the model
  • Describe the SWE leadership positions for which the model is used
  • Recognize the available SWE resources that can be used to create your leadership development plan


Is an Industry Postdoc Right for Me?

January 22, 2020 @ 1 PM CT
Hosted by WIA committee

You’ve worked hard and sacrificed a lot to earn your PhD – but that’s just the beginning of your career journey. Many engineers earning their doctorates choose the traditional academic career path, but there are many career paths for engineering PhDs! Dr. Andrea Hadjikyriacou will discuss her approach to identifying the need for and successfully securing a postdoctoral position in an industry setting. She will discuss her job roles and how she is preparing for her future career. This session is designed for graduate students and early-stage industry postdocs who are considering a research career in industry and want to learn from someone who has successfully navigated the process while maintaining a wide variety of other interests.

Responding to Leadership  Challenges in Real Time

February 12, 2020 @ 2 PM CT

The world is dynamic and, as students enter the STEM workforce, they must develop flexible leadership abilities. As young engineers with fresh perspectives, SWE collegiate members have a valuable opportunity to find solutions to humanity’s great challenges. This session will discuss how you can build your leadership skills to respond to new and complex challenges, work collaboratively in a dynamic environment with innovative technology and human resource requirements, and to leverage your engineering know-how to contribute value to your team, organization, and ecosystem. 

Navigating Unconscious Bias in Academia: Strategies for Progress

February 18, 2020 @ 12 PM CT

Unconscious bias impacts the success of women in academia from the undergraduate and graduate level to the role of faculty member, researcher and administrator. This webinar will discuss a number of types of bias and their impact, as well as present research-based strategies for successfully navigating around these issues.

What’s Your Leadership Style? Adapting to Reach Your Career Goals

February 27, 2020 @ 2 PM CT

Are you a planner? When taking on class assignments, do you take a mountain-top view or a granular view to problem solving?  As a college student, the chances are that you  have explored different leadership styles but are unsure which one will suit you in the professional world. As an emerging engineer, it is vital for you to be familiar with diverse methods for leading projects and teams to enable your success and that the success of those around you.

Best Practices for Finding and Keeping a Mentor

March 5, 2020 @ 2 PM CT

It is well-known that having a mentor is an efficient and rewarding tool for navigating one’s career path – but structuring a relationship with a mentor is not easy or automatic. Building a successful mentorship relationship takes planning, maintenance and diligence.  Join SWE for a web session on the basics of how to establish and get the most out of a mentorship relationship.

Best Practices for Being a Super Mentor

March 12, 2020 @ 2 PM CT

Many successful professionals have benefitted from having a mentor and the benefits of having a mentor are well-known and well-documented.  However, we don’t often hear about the other side of this relationship. What are the personal and career benefits of being a mentor? This 45-minute webinar will teach participants the skills to be a great mentor, including finding the right match, balancing listening with advising, serving as a sponsor as well as a mentor, and other skills.

Leadership Career Paths Within Academia

March 17, 2020 @ 1 PM CT 

Academia (both within and external to one’s own institution) provides interested faculty with several leadership opportunities. Understanding common leadership career paths, desired gateway skills and experiences of future leaders, as well as successful strategies to employ upon assuming a leadership position are all valuable for those wanting to move into leadership roles. This session will cover these topics, as well as the importance of clarifying one’s own personal leadership motivation and style together with common issues for women in leadership roles, to help demystify the academic leadership career path.


Modern Networking in the Social Age

You can never be too connected in the 21st century.  Professional relationships can help you discover job opportunities and client leads and learn about trends in your industry. Conferences are important places to build these relationships; however, oftentimes at events you’ll find that you do not have adequate time or opportunity to network. Learn how to set yourself up for success when networking in-person and through social media.

In this three-part video series, you will learn how to:

  • Define your personal brand
  • Leverage your brand via LinkedIn
  • Combine online and offline networking

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