Notre Dame Women in Engineering

Engineering undergrad Cara Ravasio showing off a mechatronic football robot inside Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Women in Engineering encourages women to pursue engineering as an exciting and fulfilling educational and career choice.

We bring together women at all levels — undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and alumni — to create a community of support and opportunities for women to thrive. We hope you will join us!

Society of Women Engineers, Notre Dame Chapter

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. Notre Dame SWE is one of the largest student-led organizations on campus, with more than 180 active undergraduate members.

Graduate students in engineering lead and participate in the Notre Dame Graduate Society of Women Engineers.

SWE “empowers women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.”

SWE members selling cookies during Ada Lovelace day.
SWE group at 2019 SWE conference

Together, ND Women in Engineering and ND SWE offer a wide range of experiences to maximize opportunities for women students, faculty, and practicing engineers to interact and learn from each other. Programming includes mentorship programs; guest speakers; industry/site visits; professional development workshops; career networking; and social, community-building, and service events.

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars and Fellows

Administered through Women in Engineering, the Clare Boothe Luce Scholars & Fellows program offers undergraduate scholarships and research awards; graduate and post-doctoral fellowships; and term support for tenure-track faculty at the assistant or associate professorship level.

The 2020-2021 Clare Boothe Luce Scholar is Lillian Rodriguez, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.

The 2010-2021 Clare Boothe Luce Fellow is Prof. Maria Holland, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Women in Engineering Impact Award

The ND Women in Engineering Impact Award is presented annually to the faculty or staff member who makes a significant impact on women engineering students.

The award, typically presented at a Notre Dame women’s basketball game, is named in honor of Catherine F. Pieronek, associate dean for academic affairs, who was Notre Dame’s first director of Women in Engineering.

Award recipients:

Standing with Dean Trish Culligan and CBE Chair Bill Schneider, Prof. Jennifer Schaefer accepts the 2021 ND Women in Engineering Impact Award.
Left to right: Dean Patricia Culligan; Prof. Jennifer Schaefer (CBE); Bill Schneider (Chair-CBE)

Faculty Contacts

Professor Kerry Meyers

Kerry Meyers
Assistant Dean for Student Development
Director, Women in Engineering
Kerry.L.Meyers.29@nd.edu

Professor Victoria Goodrich

Victoria Goodrich
Associate Teaching Professor
Advisor, ND Society of Women Engineers
vfroude@nd.edu