The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Tennessee has partnered with University-Assisted Community Schools to sponsor an engineering club at Pond Gap Elementary School in Knoxville for the past two years.
Student organizers launched GradSWE recently, a new element to the college’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter offering graduate-level community and connection for Engineering Vol women. Their inaugural interest meeting welcomed female graduate engineering students from all departments into the Zeanah Engineering Complex on February 6. The meeting included a light dinner along with introductions, […]
UT students took part in a national conference for women in engineering and shared their experiences.
The TCE chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) earned awards and recognition at the 2021 SWE National Conference, held October 21–23 in Indianapolis. Twenty-three UT SWE members attended, with their trip sponsored by the college as part of TCE’s commitment to supporting and recruiting women in engineering.
Grace Pakeltis, a graduate student in materials science and engineering, received the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award from SWE.
Society of Women Engineers is named the Best Large Organization of the Year in 2019 by the Division of Student Life.
“Engineering is a wonderful profession, allowing its practitioners to have tremendous impact on our families, communities, state, nation and global society,” said Dean. “This also places a significant dependency on engineers to get it right. This is a burden engineers must embrace, be humbled by their responsibilities and potential, and enjoy every minute.”
“SWEeties is really geared toward helping retain women in engineering and get them excited to be a part of it,” said Copp. “I will 100 percent continue to be a mentor throughout my college career. I have absolutely loved doing it so far, and I can’t imagine my time at UT without SWE or SWEeties.”
“As a graduate student, I believe the event was really informative,” said attendee Dawn Sepehr, vice president of Systers. “Even if you think you already know your purpose and you’ve been in this field for a while now, it’s always a good idea to just pause for a moment and re-evaluate your values and make sure that you’re still on the right track.”
Many Engineering Vol student organizations—around two-thirds of them—are headed by women who bring dynamic, fresh approaches to their leadership roles. They gain experience in collaboration, strengthen their Volunteer community, and, through outreach, instill younger women with confidence toward STEM careers.