Purdue Society of Women Engineers 'live without limits' at national conference
For more than seven decades, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. It is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.
The Purdue’s Chapter of Society of Women Engineers (PSWE) is the oldest continuously chartered SWE section in the country. With over 600 members, PSWE is one of the largest student organizations at Purdue and one of the largest SWE collegiate sections in the country.
Each year, PSWE hosts more than 50 events that support the four pillars of the organization: professional development, outreach, technical development and social. Events such as networking with company representatives, career fairs, hosting high school seniors who are prospective engineering students, teaching elementary school kids about STEM, building and racing karts in the annual Purdue Grand Prix, and creating mentorship pairs between members are just a small sampling of ways PSWE helps Boilermaker engineers achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.
In October, PSWE organized and supported 44 Purdue undergraduate students to attend the Society of Women Engineers flagship event, WE23, in Los Angeles, California. WE23 is the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology. The three-day event invited attendees to “live without limits” while engaging in networking, gaining career insights and connecting with industry leaders in innovation.
“We are excited for the opportunities that this conference has brought to our members and hope that they will gain more experience in the years to come,” said Spruha Vashi, PSWE vice president of membership and a junior majoring in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
PSWE Team Tech presented a project it worked on with John Deere and won second place in the Team Tech competition that was sponsored by Boeing. Many students attended the Purdue Alumnae Breakfast and heard remarks from Arvind Raman, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue. Attendees also visited the WE23 career fair where 13 PSWE members were given on-site interviews during the conference, and two were offered career opportunities on the spot.
SWE welcomes anyone of any gender who is supportive of the mission to empower and support women through innovative programs that provide technical and leadership experience in open and encouraging environments.