On March 15th, a group of over 40 young women, consisting of both current UIC students and UIC engineering alumni met for a fun night of networking & making new friends! Recent female engineering alumni were happy to share their thoughts and experiences on how to start your first job right, grad school, and more. The event was held in partnership with both SWE UIC and WIEP (Women in Engineering Programs), and will hopefully become a part of a great tradition here at UIC! Check out a short video of the dinner here!
On February 27th, SWE and WIEP partnered with Illinois Tool Works (ITW) for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Including a panel of engineers in the industry, technical lessons from ITW engineers, a team-based design project, and a networking luncheon with faculty members of the UIC College of Engineering, IGED provided over 30 female high school students with a knowledge-packed, fun-filled experience.
One of the first events of the day was a discussion panel consisting of Anna Ky, Meghan Gallagher, and Jennifer Perr, who shared their experiences working as engineers. Students’ questions ranged from inquiring about their opportunities to travel the world from their careers to their experiences in college.
After an hour of the discussion panel, engineers from ITW provided a technical lesson for the upcoming team project of the day, where the students were split into teams of five and, using their knowledge of anatomy, force and pressure, designed convertible shoes, either heel-to-flat, sneaker-to-heel, or heel-to-sandal.
The day culminated to a networking lunch with various faculty members of the UIC College of Engineering. A huge thank you to ITW and everyone who made IGED such an exciting and memorable experience for our prospective students!
From October 22nd to October 25th , 16 members of SWE UIC had the opportunity to participate in the Society of Women Engineers National Conference aka SWE15, in Nashville, Tennessee. Thanks to the generous funding from the UIC College of Engineering the group of undergrad and graduate students had a jam-packed experience filled with networking, interviews, company talks, and more! See below for what some of the members say about their experience:
“This past October, I had the opportunity to attend my 2nd national Society of Women Engineers conference with the UIC Chapter of SWE. And I am incredibly grateful to the UIC College of Engineering for sponsoring this this opportunity. It has been a really outstanding experience from attending talks, to the career fairs, to the hospitality suites. It’s a great opportunity to meet other female engineers from across the country and see what amazing things they accomplish! If you are passionate about engineering, then the SWE Conference is the place for you!” – Mahavish M.
“Earlier, I just knew about SWE but now I must say that I believe in SWE. This was my first national conference with SWE UIC and it was sponsored by UIC College of Engineering. The conference had various talks about the latest innovations in the industry and the inspirational ones that were worth attending. The 2-day career fair had ample opportunities, all you need to know is what you actually want. There were on the spot interviews too! All in all, it was a great experience and I am thankful to SWE for giving me the chance. I look forward to attend the conference every year and “Reach Out to Reach Up”.” – Ila T.
“I’ve been lucky enough to attend the SWE conference the past 2 years, thanks to the UIC College of Engineering. Last year’s conference was very overwhelming (in the best way possible)– I had no idea how many amazing companies would be there trying to recruit future female engineering grads! This year I went in with a great idea of what to expect, and was able to interview with three different companies and network with several others. Since the conference, I’ve been in touch with several of my new connections and have had a few follow-up interviews. In addition to all the career opportunities, the conference offers hundreds of career talks, relevant for every career level with any engineering concentration. It’s so incredible to see so many women in engineering come together from all over the country (and world) at these conferences, and I look forward to attending as a professional in the future!” – Annie M.
“This was my first conference I ever went to, and being a freshman, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Even though this conference is geared toward juniors and seniors who are looking for internships and jobs, there was still a lot of things for me to do! I went to the Career Fair, which was amazing. There were so many companies there and I was able to learn from other people just by watching them interact with different companies. Even though I was a freshman, companies still talked to me and said they would be interested in me in a year or two. The events were great as well. I was able to learn a lot from attending the talks and networking with other students and professionals at the hospitality suites. The SWE Conference is an amazing conference to attend, and I’m so glad I went because I learned a lot! It’s a great experience that everyone should try to go to, whether you’re a freshman or a senior.” – Megan D.
“This was my third national conference with SWE UIC and I have been generously sponsored by the UIC College of Engineering each time. This was my last time attending the SWE Conference as a student and I am looking forward to being able to attend as a professional recruiter – hopefully enabling a young motivated female engineer to reach for the stars like I did.. The SWE Conference has a different location each year but each year the organization manages to make it more and more amazing. From the companies that they invite, to the hospitality suites, and the general schedule of events; the organization really has a knack for getting people excited about the future of women in engineering and the discoveries being made by people in the organization! It is really my favorite conference that I have attended simply because of the energy that is generated at the event.” – Emily B.
On November 9th SWE Officers, SWE Members, and SWE Ambassadors volunteered to promote engineering and computer science to young girls and their families! A group of middle school aged girls and their moms (or guardian) joined us for a fun day of engineering activities and learned all about the different majors and opportunities in the STEM fields. Mom, Me, & SWE is a biannual event that is greatly anticipated every semester! A special thank you goes to FM Global as well as the UIC Honors College for providing support for this event!