Why join?


SWE membership provides the vehicle for you to give back to the community through outreach programs that encourage young girls to find and follow their dreams as future engineers. SWE’s K-12 initiatives motivate students to believe in their math and science skills and expose engineering as a meaningful and rewarding career choice for women.


The environment you face every day is full of obstacles to your advancement—isolation, lack of role models, and limited access to informal networks. SWE provides the programs and communities that address issues ranging from leadership training to management tools to networking events to work/life balance workshops. Whether you are just entering the workforce or a seasoned professional, SWE has programs targeted for each stage of your career path.


Complementing your professional advancement, SWE celebrates those who achieve personal and professional milestones. SWE’s Awards Program recognizes professional members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the engineering profession. SWE members celebrate the rich history and heritage of women in engineering and technology and honor today’s leaders and innovators.

Benefits of SWE Membership

In addition to the professional benefits that come with SWE membership, there are several other benefits that come with membership in the Society.

Encourage girls to pursue a career in engineering through career guidance programs and SWE’s alliances with Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, and Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST).

Network with women engineers from academia, government, and industry; corporate representatives; government officials; and other individuals supporting the mission of SWE.

Apply for funding through scholarship programs for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and women re-entering the workforce as engineers (at national and section levels).

Attend national and regional conferences providing a venue for networking, professional development, and career opportunities.

Pay reduced fees to attend national and regional conferences and section events.

Receive SWE Magazine, the Society’s award-winning magazine, covering issues of interest to women engineers including the achievements of women engineers, career development, career guidance, activities within the Society, and technical topics.

Develop professionally via seminars, workshops, and leadership conferences offered.

Participate in awards and recognition programs honoring outstanding accomplishments of women in the engineering profession as well as those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the engineering profession.

Publish articles in the SWE Magazine.

Present technical papers at national and regional conferences.

Lead seminars and workshops at national and regional conferences.

Pursue career opportunities on SWE’s On-line Career Center where you can manage your resume and search the hundreds of jobs posted monthly by SWE’s sponsors.

Develop leadership experience in a non-threatening environment through leadership roles at the section, region and national levels.

Support SWE through rebates back to the Society as a result of members’ use of MBNA MasterCard, American Express and Visa credit cards, and GEICO insurance.

Support SWE as an advocate for women in engineering through SWE’s initiatives with government officials and participation in task forces such as the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development (CAWMSET).

Increase the visibility of SWE and women engineers through affiliations with National Engineers Week (SWE will be the 2006 sponsor of EWeek), American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) (SWE is a member organization), International Conference of Women in Engineering and Science (ICWES) (SWE is one of the founding members), and International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) (SWE is a key player in the formation of this organization.)

Make a difference through volunteerism at the section, region, and national levels.

How to join:

You may visit the SWE National Home Page or you may apply for membership online here.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Charlotte-Metrolina section of SWE!