To encourage women to excel as engineers and leaders, and to promote an inclusive community within the College and the profession that fosters universal success in engineering, independent of gender.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is an international, non-profit educational service organization dedicated to supporting women in engineering careers or studies as well as encouraging young women to consider engineering as a career path. Since it was founded in 1950, SWE has given female engineers a platform and voice within the greater engineering industry and community.
The Society of Women Engineers at University of Michigan is one of the largest student organizations on campus. We have a leadership core of 50 student leaders, and over 300 general members. Our members are actively involved in our many technical, professional, social, and service events both on and off campus. Every year, we send a delegation to the national and local conferences to connect with the larger SWE organization. We also work closely with SWE chapters in India and Liberia including a yearly visit to each location.
We run a wide variety of events every semester. We engage hundreds of K-12 students, parents, and teachers across the globe in engineering outreach activities. We also host several charity events including a 5K Fun Run and the Engineering Games competition. In the fall, we host the biggest career fair on campus and invite over 300 companies to host corporate information sessions (that are open to the entire student body). Through all our events, we strive to achieve the following five 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.
Inclusive Environment: We embrace diversity in its broadest interpretation and commit to creating an inclusive environment for all our members and stakeholders. We value the contributions of a diverse membership, which enables SWE to achieve its full potential.
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.
Trust: We share a common definition of success with open, transparent access to common information, building mutual respect and confidence in the competence of those with whom we lead, serve and partner with.
Section Awards and Honors
National Conference 2021
In 2021, our section was a recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Mission Awards were recognized at the WE21 National Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The Gold Mission award is given to all sections who demonstrate outstanding commitment to each of SWE's four goals: professional excellence, globalization, advocacy, and diversity & inclusion. Our section received the Public Policy Best Practice award for our work with Ann Arbor local government and participating in the SWE congressional visits. We were awarded the Global Best Practice award for continuing to stay engaged with our Liberia and India trips virtually due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.