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Renew Your SWE Membership

At the end of July, SWE was servicing 30,813 members. 16,903 are active members for FY15 already. Membership coincides with SWEs fiscal year, July 1 June 30, so if you are one of the more than 13,000 members needing to renew, just renew here. Its not too early to spread the word about renewing. Region F already has a retention rate of 56%, which is greater than SWEs overall retention rate, with half of their region experiencing retention rates greater than 50%. SWE North...

SWE & Arup Introduce the Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge Cards

Diversity is the driver of innovation in the workplace, a core message the Society of Women Engineers is proud to promote through a partnership with Arup. SWE is partnering with the global multidisciplinary engineering, design and consulting firm to present SWE's newest diversity and inclusion resource, the Diversity and Inclusion Knowledge Cards. These cards will serve as an invaluable set of tools for organizations and companies looking for best practices designed to explore the valu...

SWE Aims to Inspire with Release of Latest eBook

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2014 The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is proud to announce the release of their latest eBook, Be that Engineer: Inspiration and Insight from Accomplished Women Engineers. The eBook is a collection of stories and advice delivered by 30 women leaders from storied backgrounds who have worked in numerous engineering fields, from SWE's Corporate Partnership Council (CPC).The CPC regularly contributes to SWE initiatives, sharing their best practices for increasing gender di...

SpaceX President and COO Gywnne Shotwell to Open WE14 with Keynote Speech

CHICAGO, Aug. 11, 2014 The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) announces that SpaceX President and COO Gywnne Shotwell will deliver the opening keynote speech at WE14, SWE's annual conference. More than 7,000 women from around the world will attend the conference this fall in Los Angeles, California. This year WE14 will also host ICWES16, the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists.Shotwell originally joined SpaceX in 2002 as its seventh employee. Today, she manages the day...

National Science Foundation Toolkit Highlights Impact of NSF Investments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a robust toolkit that includes new videos, infographics, fact sheets and brochures that describe NSF investments in fundamental research and how they contribute to the nation's science and engineering enterprise.Part of the toolkit package is an animated, NSF-produced video that describes the agency's rigorous merit review process. The agency also developed an infographic series titled "Data by Design: Snapshot of NSF's Prog...

Increase in Number of US STEM Graduates, but Workforce Skills Are Not Keeping Pace

Despite clear evidence that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees lead to higher salaries and more employment opportunities than other degrees, only 16 percent of 2008 graduates received a STEM degree, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The lack of workers with STEM skills has translated into a difficult hiring environment for many U.S. firms. A recent Brookings Institution study reveals that the lack of STEM graduates has meant ...

Scicast: A Crowdsourced Forecasting Platform for Science and Technology

The AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy has been helping George Mason University recruit scientists with a diverse set of expertise to assist in a science and technology forecasting project called SciCast. The purpose of this project, which is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is to determine whether crowdsourcing can be used to accurately predict the future of science and technology questions. These questions vary by discipline ...

House Passes Several S&T Bills

On July 14, the House of Representatives passed several science and engineering related bills. The bills (H.R. 5031, H.R. 5056, and H.R. 5029) were small portions of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act that the House Science, Space and Technology Committee introduced earlier this year to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. These smaller bills had strong bipartisan support.H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act, adds computer science to the de...

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