SWE is scaling new heights

Whoever said there are no women in Engineering has clearly never been to the Mines chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE is a national non-profit organization for both professional female and male engineers. And upon reaching 395 members, the Colorado School of Mines student section of SWE is not only the largest professional organization on campus, but the largest SWE section in the nation.

The popularity of the campus club was clearly evident at the annual SWE kick-off BBQ in Stratton Commons last week, where the line of returning and new members reached across the entirety of Kafadar commons. The BBQ bash, hosted by Xcel Energy, let students mingle with Xcel employees, fill up on free food, and learn about that SWE has to offer.

For undergraduate and graduate students alike, SWE offers scholarships, internships, networking opportunities, and weekly meetings with speakers from the industry. Listen to engineers from all areas of expertise and learn about multiple industries from speakers who cover a variety of topics ranging from “Wind Power and the New Energy Economy” to “Stilettos to Steel Toes.”

Joining SWE is a great way to connect with not only potential employers, but fellow students as well. SWE participates in multiple out-reach program for girls in grades K-12 and hosts socials throughout the year for its members. Do not miss out on the fall social for pumpkin decorating, the faculty ice cream social, or the holiday cookie party!

If you missed out on the BBQ, you can still join SWE or find additional information by simply visiting their website at http://organizations.mines.edu/swe/. Both men and women are encouraged to join so come have fun, network, and have a SWE-et time!

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