About SWE UT

The Society of Women Engineers collegiate section at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the most active engineering societies on campus. Currently, we have a strong membership and represent both women and men students from each of the seven engineering disciplines offered at UT.

The mission of SWE UT is to strengthen and empower women engineering students by:

  • providing education about the challenges facing female engineers
  • creating a sense of identity and community
  • providing resources for women engineers
  • enhancing leadership and professional skills

We envision an organization where all members feel a sense of belonging and of purpose. Your university experience should not be confined to the classroom. SWE UT exists to help you acquire the leadership and professional skills necessary in today's world - together, in a challenging yet inclusive environment.

You may view our Bylaws here.

2013-2014 Theme:

The theme for our section this is "Breaking Boundaries."

The collegiate section of Society of Women Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin has adopted the theme "Breaking Boundaries" for 2013-2014. As students, especially females in engineering, we are often restricted and bound by different situations, from hearing "No, you cannot do it," to taking a traditional path because it is what others expect. Our focus this year is to encourage our members to break through these limitations and boundaries, and take advantage of the countless opportunities available in the community. SWE at UT Austin will strive to develop highly competent leaders to serve within the community in diverse ways, while establishing an integrated and dynamic environment for all women in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

In the academic year of 2013-2014, SWE at UT Austin aspires to continue promoting teamwork and open communication within our organization, and hope to empower our membership to be bold and to achieve full potential in their academic and professional careers. "Breaking Boundaries" will demonstrate to the University and the engineering community that the men and women of the Society of Women Engineers are not only outstanding individuals, but also a diverse group of future leaders developing valuable skills to "aspire, advance, and achieve."

About Society SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a non-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. The organization's four objectives are as relevant today as they were more than 50 years ago:

  • To inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the public in general of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
  • To assist women engineers in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
  • To serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
  • To encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement.

The mission statement, adopted in 1985, states: 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.