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The Society of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.
The Society of Women Engineers is the largest non-profit educational and service organization representing both student and professional women in engineering and techincal fields.
- Founded in 1950
- Incorporated in 1952
- Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois
- Over 17,000 members in 90 sections and 300 student sections
- More than 400 members-at-large
SWE - CI Section
The Central Indiana Section is currently growing, with about 90 professional members, and is in the geographic area surrounding the City of Indianapolis. SWE-CI helps support several Universities in the area including the University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Tri-State University, Valparaiso University, Indiana University-Purdue University, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
In 1990, a callout was made to determine interest in establishing a section in the area. Over 100 women attended the callout, and about 15 women formed the Central Indiana Interest Group. This group performed the activities necessary to establish a chapter including defining the Section's boundaries, conducting meetings and documenting participation, and collecting fees and donations. Their efforts paid off, and the SWE-CI section was chartered in February 1991.Over time, the Section became inactive resulting in another callout in 1997. A favorable response led to the election of officers for the 1997-1998 fiscal year. It has been through the hard work of the officers and chairs since 1997 that we are able to offer and participate in several programs and activities. The section also has a scholarship program for females pursing a college degree in engineering and technology.
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