University of Arizona

Diverse Perspectives Driving Change

The Women in Engineering Program at the University of Arizona is a collaboration of organizations and individuals dedicated to serving women and girls as they align their interests and goals with careers in engineering. Our major impact areas are mentorship, fellowship, professional development, and outreach.

With our partners we increase awareness of the challenges facing women in engineering, empower middle and high school girls to follow STEM education and careers, and foster campus, community and industry connections for all women in engineering.

 

Women in Engineering

Hear Our Voices

Innovation from Girl Power
Biomedical engineering undergraduate Rachael Marshall knows that engineering is all about innovation, and that diverse perspectives yield innovative answers.

 

Finding Your Community
Civil engineering student Gaby Brambila found her campus community in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

 

A Driving Force to Help People
Kristina Rivera is driven to help those with medical problems, which is why she chose biomedical engineering.

 

Programs to Empower Women in Engineering

Our programs increase awareness of the challenges facing women in engineering, encourage middle and high school girls to follow STEM education and careers, and foster campus, community and industry connections for women in engineering.

Mentorship: Achieve Your Potential and Discover Your Strengths

SWEeties Freshman Mentoring Program
Build lasting friendships, and develop technical skills and successful study habits. The Society of Women Engineers welcomes all new freshmen women to its outreach, networking and social events. Enjoy yoga, movie nights, and cooking and nutrition classes with SWEeties.

Women in STEM Pipeline Mentorship Program
This Women in Science and Engineering program provides female high school, undergraduate and graduate students with practical knowledge and strategies for success while also developing a community of young women committed to increasing diversity in STEM fields at the UA and beyond. 

Mentorship: Achieve Your Potential and Discover Your Strengths

Fellowship: Build Your Community

Women in Engineering Welcome Lunch and Organization Fair
A highlight of the College’s Week of Welcome, this fair for incoming engineering undergraduate women connects new students with friends and opportunities to get involved. Student clubs and faculty advisers are on hand to share information about mentorship, outreach, and professional development.

Women in Engineering Garden Party
The Women in Engineering Programming Board brings together undergraduate and graduate women in engineering and faculty for casual conversation, lunch, and an organized outreach activity.

Society of Women Engineers Social Calendar
The Society of Women Engineers hosts a number of social events, including movie nights, yoga, ice cream socials, hiking, and study parties. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. Check the SWE calendar.

Fellowship: Build Your Community

Women in Engineering Garden Party

 

Professional Development: Strengthening Leadership and Career Readiness

Women in Engineering Leadership Collaborative
The Women in Engineering Programming Board organizes an annual leadership summit for presidents, vice presidents, and other leaders in organizations dedicated to serving women in STEM at the University of Arizona. This half-day program to help existing organizations build stronger missions and practices covers organizational leadership, member recruitment and retention, and officer transition.

Evening with Industry
Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, the Evening with Industry gives Engineering students a chance to meet with industry professionals and recruiters the night before the annual career fair. This year’s event is September 28.

SWE Rapid Resume Review
Held in conjunction with spring and fall career days, the Society of Women Engineers’ Rapid Resume Review is one sure way to develop a resume that will stand out in a crowd. Students rotate every 5-10 minutes among faculty and industry members who review their resumes for content, clarity, and spelling and grammar.

Women in Engineering Leadership Collaborative

Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference
The Society of Women Engineers’ Annual Conference in October 2015 will bring together more than 6,000 engineering collegiate members and professionals from around the world to benefit from professional development workshops and seminars, networking events, and a career fair featuring more than 250 companies and graduate schools.

WISE Internship Program
Women in Science and Engineering provides internship opportunities for students who want to develop skills in community and campus outreach, public relations, and program development and implementation. Internships are geared toward students interested in diversity, experiential education, and STEM outreach. Students can earn academic credit for completing at least 10 hours of work per week with WISE. 

 

Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference

Outreach: Inspire the Next Generation of Women Engineers

WISE STEM Outreach and Student Engagement Program
In this collaboration between Women in Science and Engineering and the STEMAZing project of the Pima County Superintendent’s Office, students attend weekly classes to discuss diversity and social justice in STEM fields and receive training on strategies and approaches, which they can then put into practice in a local school while earning academic credit.

Expanding Your Horizons
These WISE events aim to get middle and high school students excited about science, technology, engineering and math. Students participate in hands-on workshops led by local STEM professionals, researchers and UA students, and hear professionals talk about a typical day at their job and what it took to get there.

Next Generation of Women Engineers

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
The Society of Women Engineers welcomes students from Amphi Middle School to the University of Arizona campus to explore problem solving, creative design, and teamwork. Girls participate in hands-on design challenges, take tours through engineering labs and club spaces, and have lunch with professional engineers.

Classroom Takeover Design Challenge Kits
Middle school teachers, let the Women in Engineering Programming Board take over your classroom. Facilitators provide a structured lesson -- with prepared engineering design challenge kits -- that helps students connect math principles, problem solving skills, and interpersonal communication to an engineering design challenge.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Engineering for a Better World
The Women in Engineering Programming Board invites female high school juniors and seniors to campus to explore engineering through principals of medicine, sustainability and the environment, and mechanics. High schoolers experience hands-on activities, lab tours, and mock lectures while learning more about UA undergraduate research opportunities, student organizations, and mentorship programs.

Suite with SWE
The Society of Women Engineers hosts 20-30 high school juniors and seniors overnight during the fall and spring semesters, giving them an opportunity to learn more about UA Engineering, become familiar with on-campus housing, participate in engineering lab tours and design challenges, and make connections with students and faculty.

Engineering for a Better World

Partners

Women in Engineering Programming Board    
The Women in Engineering Programming Board provides a powerful and inclusive voice for women in engineering in our local, national and global communities by working with individuals, organizations and leaders to create opportunities where women have equal roles in shaping our world.

Women in Engineering
Rebecca Primeau

Rebecca Primeau
Director, Women in Engineering Programming Board

email: rmyren@email.arizona.edu


Women in Science and Engineering
The Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Arizona helps increase interest and diversity in the fields of social and natural science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine by offering outreach programs and student engagement opportunities.

Women in Science and Engineering
Jill Williams

Jill Williams
Director, Women in Science and Engineering

email: jillmwilliams@email.arizona.edu

 

Society of Women Engineers
The UA Society of Women Engineers collegiate section empowers women to succeed, advance in their aspirations, and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

Society of Women Engineers
Jeannie Wilkening

Jeannie Wilkening
President, Society of Women Engineers

email: jwilkening@email.arizona.edu

 

Phi Sigma Rho
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in technical studies that promotes high standards of personal integrity, respect and character; lifelong bonds of sisterhood; and academic and professional excellence with a social balance -- through shared experiences, common bonds, and recognition of service and achievement.

Phi Sigma Rho
Camille Runge

Camille Runge
President, Phi Sigma Rho

email: camillearunge@email.arizona.edu

 

Women in Optics
Women in Optics encourages undergraduate and graduate students to further develop personal and professional networking and communication skills. The group serves as a forum for women to communicate and exchange ideas; promotes STEM and optical sciences education; and creates a safe environment for all students to study and prepare for all of their educational endeavors.

Women in Optics
Isela Howlett

Isela Howlett
President, Women in Optics

email: idh@optics.arizona.edu

 

Industry Advisers

Marla Peterson Marla Peterson
Director, Engineering Excellence, Honeywell Aerospace
Mara Aspinall

Mara Aspinall
Founder, DxInsights

 

Faculty Advisers

Kitt Farrell-Poe Kitt Farrell-Poe
Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Advisor, Society of Women Engineers
Meredith Kupinski Meredith Kupinski
Assistant Research Professor, College of Optical Sciences
Advisor, Women in Optics
Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Advisor, Phi Sigma Rho

 

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