- An article from The Independent, the student-run news site of Eastern Washington University. It’s a letter from a male senior mechanical engineering student written to the women in his engineering classes.
- Read the journey of a female, non-traditional student in the College of Engineering. Told by Source, the news site for Colorado State University.
- Source article highlighting how the College of Engineering has been working to close the gender gap in its programs at CSU. Our SWE chapter was honored!
- In Spring 2015, SWE was able to participate in Pretty Brainy, a program which encourages young girls in STEM fields.
- Rocky Mountain Collegian Article about SWE encouraging women engineers at CSU.
- Coloradoan Article about the 8 September 2012 Girl Scouts and SWE Outreach Event at CSU.
- URS published a story including some of our members on their website:
November 4, 2013
In an effort to demonstrate commitment to a diverse workforce and the advancement of women within our organization, the Denver Energy & Construction (EC) and Infrastructure & Environment (IE) offices regularly participate in Society of Women Engineers (SWE) events in the Colorado area.
Recently, EC and IE representatives attended the annual SWE Rocky Mountain Section’s Mini-Conference in Fort Collins in September. This year’s mini-conference focused on increasing personal power and included topics such as self-empowerment, appropriate assertiveness, and powerful communications. The event included a networking lunch followed by keynote speaker, Dr. Sue James, Colorado State University’s (CSU) Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, who discussed her experiences as a female engineer and working in academia.
The EC College Relations Team also participated in SWE’s collegiate-partnered events such as an Evening With Industry (EWI) at Colorado School of Mines and CSU. EWI typically occurs twice a year on the evenings before the schools’ fall and spring college career fairs. Typical of an EWI event, there is a gathering for informal networking with company representatives, a dinner, and an interactive speaker who addresses a particular topic pertaining to the advocacy of women engineers.
Earlier this spring, representatives from EC and IE hosted an event for the SWE Rocky Mountain Section at the EC Union Avenue office location. The event focused on organizational skills for busy professionals.
Megan Caswell, URS civil engineer, served as the 2011/2012 President of CSU’s Section of the SWE. Involvement in the SWE has made an impact on her career development. “As a past CSU student, SWE helped me develop professionally by providing networking and community service opportunities. Participating in SWE events helped me make career decisions, and set personal and professional goals. Now that I am an engineer at URS, I continue to stay involved in SWE through its Rocky Mountain Section. I have developed a professional support group and have met other professional women engineers within URS that I may not have had the chance to work with if it wasn’t for SWE,” she said.
SWE was founded in 1950 and is a non-profit educational service organization that encourages women to succeed and advance within the field of engineering. The organization also helps recognize individuals who have made contributions as engineers and leaders. If you are interested in learning more about SWE or how you can get involved, please contact the SWE Programs Committee Co-Chairs, Laurie Valaer and Anna Meck, at firstname.lastname@example.org.