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Society of Women Engineers
Type of Group: Professional Student Group
Founded: 1950
Office: W20-4
President: Liza Xu '13

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a student group open to students from any major, interested in engineering, community service, and leadership, among many other things. SWE is the largest professional network of women at MIT.


History & Overview

SWE is a non-profit educational and service national organization founded in 1950. SWE’s goal is to encourage, support, and guide women through a career in engineering. MIT SWE is part of Region F and the Boston section. As a SWE member, you build strong friendships and professional relations with other women that share the same interests.

SWE Departments

  • Campus Relations
  • Corporate Relations
  • Membership Development
  • Outreach

SWE FY11 Awards

  • Best Collegiate Section Website
  • Best Professional Development Event
  • The Boeing Foundation Multicultural Award Recipient

National Membership


Access to a huge network of SWE professional members for networking or advice
Access to a job and resume database with over 18,000 postings
Access to over $500,000 in scholarships
Faculty/student socials and networking events
Recruiter/student networking events
Company plant tours
Professional and personal development workshops
Member-only seminars, webinars, and speaker events
Social events with other SWE Collegiate Sections
Mentoring and networking events with SWE Professional Sections
Support systems - peer groups, mentors, advisors, industry leaders
Section programs including speaker events, seminars, and leadership opportunities
SWE Magazine subscription
SWE Career Center for internship and full-time employment search and career planning
SWE National and Regional Conferences (Annual Conference 2011: Chicago; Region F Conference 2012: MIT!)
Community events, leadership opportunities, SWE competitions, and more!


MIT SWE will pay for 50% of the national SWE membership fee. Membership options are:

  • 1 year membership | Pay upfront: $20 | Cost to you: $10
  • 5 year membership | Pay upfront: $50 | Cost to you: $25

(5 years = [4 year or until graduation] + 1 year professional)

People & Purpose

MIT SWE has 7 executive members, 41 planning board members, 100 active members at large, outreach to 800 000 students in our various mentoring programs, and an extensive professional network. SWE also offers scholarships and internship opportunities to members.

SWE Purpose

  • To educate members about career choices in engineering and promote community between professionals and students, including through alumni
  • To inspire younger generations about engineering, encourage the notion of diversity in engineering, and determine and advocate for the needs of women engineers at MIT
  • To build community at MIT SWE, bridge a relationship with local and national sections, and record and disseminate the culture, history, and events of MIT SWE


MIT SWE has 1+ events per week, including career fair and Banquet, meet the professionals, meet the professors, outlet mall shopping, campus wide study breaks, professional info sessions, and many more. Board members also have the opportunity to attend a retreat to build strong relations and a common goal. Other events include the regional and national conferences.


Mentoring opportunities:

  • Junior Girl Scouts Day
  • Brownie Girl Scouts Day
  • KEYs (middle school mentoring program)
  • WiSE (high school mentoring program)
  • Beaverdash
  • Eweek (National Engineering Week)

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