Prospective Members

What is SWE

The Society of Women Engineers was founded in 1950 and is a non-profit educational service organization composed of graduate engineers, women and men with equivalent engineering experience, and science and engineering students.

SWE has an international membership of more than 20,000 in professional sections and student sections. SWE Corporate membership is available to organizations that employ engineers and are interested in supporting the goals of the Society. The MSU student chapter of SWE is part of Region H, which is composed of chapters from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

The MSU student chapter of SWE is very active in outreach, community service, and other activities for students. Our chapter has biweekly meetings and monthly social activities, as well as numerous activities such as SWE conferences, and an annual awards banquet. Check out our calendar to learn about upcoming events.

Our Mission

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 improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.

Objectives

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

Membership Benefits

  • Registration discounts to the annual national convention and student conferences.
  • Access to women's issues in engineering.
  • SWE, the Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers, a bi-monthly publication.
  • SWE membership pin (new members).
  • Free listing in the SWE Resume Database System.
  • Opportunities for networking with fellow professionals and for leadership training.
  • Access to SWE library/videos.

How To Become Involved

First of all, come to meetings! That's the best way to get an idea of what SWE is all about, and what kind of events we're planning. Look for signup sheets that are passed around during meetings, with other ways to get more involved. What you get out of SWE is what you put into it, and the more you do, the more people you'll meet and the more fun you'll have. You don't have to be a paid member to participate, though there are benefits to membership.

Some sample activities you might participate in are: Ronald McDonald House, Regional Conference, ice cream social, movie night, merchandise sales, event planning, cider mill trip, blood drive volunteer, and much more. Look at our calendar to find out about upcoming events, and either sign up at meetings or email the people in charge of the events you're interested in.

Want to get even more out of SWE? Run for E-board at our next elections, or serve on a committee. Committee members help members of the official E-board committees with some of the numerous jobs that are required to keep our chapter of SWE running smoothly. Serving on a committee is a great way to learn what's involved in the various E-board positions, and to get to know other SWE members. Sign up at a meeting or email an E-board member.