Society of Women Engineers

Michigan Tech SWE

The Michigan Tech student section of the Society of Women Engineers was granted a charter on March 29, 1976. The original charter recently resurfaced and now hangs proudly in our office.

Organization

For over six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

We invite you to explore the values, principles, and priorities that guide our initiatives and learn how together, WE can continue to make a lasting impact on the future.

SWE Mission (Adopted in 1986)

Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

SWE Vision (Adopted in 1986)

To be key to the success of women in engineering and technology.

Strategic Priorities (Adopted in 2013)

  • Professional Excellence: SWE will develop women engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives.
  • Globalization: SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, promoting diversity and inclusion and serving women engineers wherever they are.
  • Advocacy: SWE will advocate for the inclusion and success of women, present and prospective, in engineering and technology.

SWE Objectives (Adopted in 1950)

  • Inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public, of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
  • Assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
  • Serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
  • Encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.

Values

Integrity

We aspire to the highest level of ethical behavior as evidenced by honesty and dignity in our personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.

Respect

We acknowledge gender, ethnic, cultural and other differences, and strive to respect the added values they bring.

Mutual Support

We provide an organization that fosters mentoring, and the development of professional and personal networks.

Professional Excellence

We conduct our activities in a professional manner, demonstrating and demanding the highest standards of business practices.

Diversity Principles

At SWE, we acknowledge and respect the value of a diverse community. We recognize that the scope of diversity includes race/ethnicity, family status, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and occupational focus. Our society will maintain an environment that is supportive of these elements and we will promote inclusion within our organization and the engineering community.

We Commit to:

  • Developing women in engineering across socio-economic strata and occupational focus.
  • Encouraging the interest and active participation of women and girls of under-represented ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.
  • Providing support to women which acknowledges and respects differences in family status, sexual orientation, age, and physical abilities.
  • We will ensure that all by-laws, policies, and charters support SWE's commitment to diversity. We will align with and participate in those activities and organizations that encourage all dimensions of diversity.

Consideration of these and other elements of diversity will guide the statements and activities of the Society. Nothing in this statement is intended or shall be construed to unlawfully deprive any person of his or her educational and employment opportunities, compensation, and/or benefits.

The above information courtesy of www.swe.org, last updated on September 13, 2013.