The Society of Women Engineers' history is relatively brief, but charged by the inspiration, desire and strength of its members since its inception in 1950. Four sections were chartered in the beginning: Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., with Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Los Angeles sections soon to follow. Dr. Beatrice Hicks from the New York section was selected to serve as the society's first president. SWE members were kept busy forming the foundation of the organization and conducting national conventions.
In 1952 the Society of Women Engineers was incorporated as a non-profit, educational service organization. SWE continued to grow in size as well as services. SWE's first scholarship was established in the name of Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth in 1958. From these humble beginnings, SWE has grown to encompass over 100 professional sections and 300 student sections. SWE offers several scholarships and has joined with industry to administer outreach programs for middle and high school age students.
The Rochester Section of SWE was chartered on April 5, 1982 by 44 members. The section provides significant networking and professional development opportunities to help women achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders. We also encourage and inspire girls and young women to explore careers in science, math, engineering, and technology through outreach events, guest speakers and scholarship opportunities. SWE Rochester is affiliated with Collegiate Sections, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, and Monroe Community College.
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