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alveamatthews“Once you educate everybody to think about engineering as a profession for women, you begin to interest women in the math and science fields. Women have really reached out to achieve, other than just the things they could achieve before.” --Alva Matthews


Mission Statement

The SWE mission is to stimulate women to achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.


  • SWE was founded in 1950 as a non-profit educational service organization.
  • SWE encourages young engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.
  • SWE’s programs and partnerships support the retention and advancement of women in engineering through career services, professional development, and networking opportunities.
  • SWE consists of nearly 100 professional sections, 300 student sections, and members-at-large in all engineering and technology disciplines, making SWE a preeminent not-for-profit organization respected among the engineering community and technical societies.
  • Today, both male and female engineers, as well as those in non-engineering fields, participate.
  • Annual membership of over 19,000.


Notre Dame SWE Chapter

genericengineeringpicThe Notre Dame chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is one of the largest student-led organizations on campus, with over 180 active members from 8 different engineering disciplines. We host many events during the year, ranging from Professional Development to Outreach events  and Mentorship to Social events. The core board is comprised of 5 officers and 38 director positions to lead many of our programs. Our collegiate section is part of a national organization that aims to stimulate women to achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders, expand the engineering profession image as a positive force in improving quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. We are excited to continue to inspire and encourage our future female engineers.

Core Values


We aspire to the highest level of ethical behavior as evidenced by honesty and dignity in our personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.

Inclusive Environment

We embrace diversity in its broadest interpretation and commit to creating an inclusive environment for all our members and stakeholders. We value the contributions of a diverse membership, which enables SWE to achieve its full potential.

Mutual Support

We provide an organization that fosters mentoring, and the development of professional and personal networks.

Professional Excellence

We conduct our activities in a professional manner, demonstrating and demanding the highest standards of business practices.


We share a common definition of success with open, transparent access to common information, building mutual respect and confidence in the competence of those with whom we lead, serve and partner with.