October Society Spotlight
The mission and vision of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers 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. Its goal iis to provide a community where engineers and leaders can connect with professionals in the area, and resources for personal and professional development.
Founded in 1950, SWE has over 40,000 individual members who are collegiates and professionals in 100 professional member sections and 300+ collegiate member sections.
Our QC geographic region is served by the SWE Quad Cities/Muscatine Section. This Section includes 97 members located in the Quad Cities and Muscatine. Most SWE Section members are women engineers local to our area, but all are welcome. It’s a great way to meet other women in STEM and get involved in fun events SWE has to offer.
SWE Quad Cities/Muscatine is a partner Society to QCESC.
SWE has something to offer to members and employers. For professionals, SWE provides to its members a unique combination of personalized, flexible benefits in the areas of mentoring, training, personal and professional growth – all by women in engineering and for women in engineering. For collegiates, SWE provides collegiate members with the opportunity to inspire future generations and to have fun. SWE also provides collegiate members valuable access to a unique set of resources that sets the stage for a successful career. For employers, SWE helps the engineering profession achieve a broadly diverse, well-trained workforce to enhance overall workplace performance.
Recently, the local SWE Section has hosted a mix of virtual and in person events including a picnic in the park and a virtual podcast discussion.
Upcoming events planned by the Section include a visit to a local pumpkin patch in October, a virtual yoga class and a book club. The pumpkin patch visit is on Saturday, October 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Shady Knoll Farm in East Moline. If interested, please RSVP to SWEQuadCities@gmail.com by 15 October.
Leah O’Neil, President of the Section, notes the growth of the Section since its founding. “The Quad Cities/Muscatine Society of Women Engineers is one of the Heartland SWE Professional Sections, located along the Mississippi, stretching from Muscatine to Le Claire. SWE Quad Cities was chartered in 2002 by women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and has grown to 97 active members since then.”
The SWE Quad Cities/Muscatine Section is looking for individuals interested in helping plan meetings and participate in committees. If you are interested in joining the Section or in volunteering for a committee position or helping plan events, contact them via email at SWEQuadCities@gmail.com. More information can be found on their website http://quadcities.swe.org/ .