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SWE Presents “Women Engineers Leading Global Innovation” Symposium in Bangalore, India


CHICAGO—August 29, 2012—The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, launches the Symposium “Women Engineers Leading Global Innovation” in Bangalore, India, August 29-31, 2012. Designed to specifically target women in engineering and technology for the purpose of exchanging information about engineering developments and challenges across disciplines and countries, the event will facilitate an environment for collaboration.

There will be approximately 115 participants, representing academia, government and industry, from both the U.S. and India. The symposium features 32 presenters, including keynote speakers and invited technical speakers, as well as panels, workshops and technical posters.
“As the global marketplace becomes more accessible, academia and industry can leverage the shrinking landscape to exchange ideas and implement innovative programs,” explains Executive Director & CEO Betty Shanahan, CAE, F.SWE. “Based on these dynamics, this symposium will provide participating women in engineering and technology with cutting-edge technical and professional development training as well as opportunities for global collaboration. By partnering with supporters from industry, academia, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and individuals, we are poised to make a global impact on the engineering community.”

Additionally, the symposium received generous funding support from industry including 3M, Caterpillar, Cummins, GE Global Research, Halliburton, IBM, John Deere India, Rockwell Collins and Shell Technology Centre Bangalore.

About SWE
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

About Indio-US Science and Technology Forum
The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. As a grant making organization, the principle objective of IUSSTF is to provide opportunities, to exchange ideas, information, skills and technologies, and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavours of mutual interest that can translate the power of science for the benefit of mankind at large.

About IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay, the second in the chain of IITs, was set up in 1958 and represented the first IIT to be set up with foreign assistance. In 1961, the Parliament decreed IITs as 'Institutes of National Importance.' Since then, IIT Bombay has grown to include a total of 14 academic departments, six centers, one school and three interdisciplinary programs. It is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research.

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