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SWE establishes new research platform

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently unveiled its main resource for knowledge, information and trends on women in engineering. The launch of its newest tool, research.swe.org, was announced October 6. The website was created to provide clarity among the wealth of data available, and deliver a centralized data source for members and individuals interested in locating information about women in engineering.swe_logo

The new forum features trends and data on women in engineering and the STEM landscape across the globe, from the K-12 level, to collegiate and professional. Additionally, the website features SWE’s own research to supplement the knowledge base around issues affecting female engineers’ success.

“SWE’s strong membership base and historical knowledge position us as an authority on female engineering issues,” said Roberta Rincon, PhD, manager of research at SWE, which was founded in 1950 and has around 35,000 members. “We intend to build upon this knowledge and provide access to our work through this new site.” The organization has also released a new content app available on mobile devices.

One of SWE’s most recent research pieces focuses on female attrition in the STEM workplace—which it contends is the first gender-based workplace culture study of its kind conducted in STEM fields in the United States. The data sheds light on differences between female and male personal and workplace priorities, including what gaps may be incentives for females to leave the workforce. SWE plans to release a second, similar study this fall that focuses on workplace experiences as pertaining to gender and racial bias. These selections indicate SWE’s initiative to make progress for women in every way possible.

“As the world’s largest advocate for women in engineering and technology, it’s important to show the progress we have made, but also to show that there is still work to do in terms of creating an inclusive environment in engineering where women can thrive,” said Karen Horting, CEO and executive director of SWE. “Our research efforts coupled with this new tool are a big step in SWE becoming the resource on women in engineering.”

SWE’s annual conference, WE16, will take place at the end of this month, October 27-29, in Philadelphia. The show kicks off with a karaoke competition, featuring the musical talents of the finalists (who are all members of SWE) in the following video:

 

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