SWE at VT contributes to the campus, the community, and its members. SWE participates in many service projects aimed at encouraging young women to consider a career in engineering as well as projects that help the environment and the New River Valley community. SWE creates a network of women engineers throughout Virginia Tech and demonstrates the value of diversity on this campus. SWE also offers scholarship, career advice, mentoring, and professional, social, and service opportunities for its members.
The Society of Women Engineers is an international community of women that strive to Aspire, Advance, Achieve as women in the field of Engineering.
SWE-VT recommends any student with more than one year of school left (graduate or undergraduate) join with a C2C membership: "For a one-time $50 payment, collegiate members can secure a SWE membership for their collegiate years through the first year they qualify for professional grade membership. C2C is beneficial to students with two or more years of schooling left. Take advantage of this program to maximize your savings on membership dues. The program cannot be combined with any joint membership or other membership discount. For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions." If you would like to become a member of SWE you can join here.
For more information about SWE at the national level please visit their website here.
VT SWE Events
Each year the Virginia Tech section sends executive officers and interested members to the SWE National Conference. It is a great way to learn more about SWE's diverse history, explore emerging technologies, and network with other attendees and industry representatives. The National Conference is where professional and collegiate members come together for networking and sharing knowledge about the professional industry.
Evening with the Industries (EWI)
Evening With Industry is SWE's annual dinner where SWE and other engineering students meet with corporate representatives in a relaxed and social atmosphere. This event serves as a valuable tool for learning more about industry and career opportunities. Attending students have the chance to submit their resume, which will be distributed to the attending companies. The advantage of attending not only includes getting your resume out early, but allows you to network with representatives one-on-one.
Every fall, SWE hosts Brownie Day, which is an event for young girl scouts to get them interested in S.T.E.M. Each year, local troops are invited to earn a science-related try-it badge for completing different activities. There are typically 5-6 activities and crafts taught by SWE members that the Brownies get to participate in. It is a day of fun and education for young girl scouts. It also allows SWE to give back to the community.
Girl Scout Day
Each spring, Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join SWE-VT to enjoy a fun-filled day. The Girl Scouts in attendance will be completing activities based primarily on math and science to earn a badge. This is a great way for SWE members to get involved and give back to the community. It allows Juniors to learn about science and technology from girls that are only a few years older than them.
Women's Preview Weekend
Every spring, potential, incoming female freshmen interested in engineering are given the opportunity to visit Virginia Tech. During this event SWE hosts a social event to give women the opportunity to ask any questions the high-schoolers may have about engineering or college life in a relaxed atmosphere.