Exploring Engineers: Society of Women Engineers Post

February 26, 2015

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Part of Engineering Week, Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day is celebrated today!  It seemed only fitting to kick off our look at local Explorer Posts by focusing on this amazing group dedicated to budding young female engineers!

The SWEet Explorer Group

The SWEet Explorer Group

For the 2014-2015 term the Rochester Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) wanted to help enrich the minds of young high school women who were interested in engineering fields.

We did this by hosting a once a month explorer post at a local engineering facility in Rochester. This program is called “Engineering is SWEet”.  So far the 21 young women have been able to tour SPX, Wegmans, NY Battery Lab, Bergmann Associates, Xerox, and in March they will tour Harris Corporation.

Since February 26th is National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day a second event was added this month for the young women participating in the Engineering is SWEet Explorer Post. Today during “Shadow an Engineer Day”, girls will shadow an engineer for a portion of the day.  The young women will be visiting RIT, Bergmann Associates, Harris Corp, and Exelis.  The Engineering is SWEet Explorer Post will conclude in April for this year’s term.  We at SWE are hoping that this is just the first year of a long running Explorer Post and that we will be able to have different companies and more interested young women wanting to participate.

Exploring Engineers during a monthly visit.

Exploring Engineers during a monthly visit.

For more information on the Society of Women Engineers, check out their website!  For more information on their Explorer Program for young women, please contact Casey Daggett at (585)245-2909 or ccdaggett@gmail.com.

Casey Daggett is the Outreach Chair for the Rochester Section of the Society of Women Engineers.  Meet Casey and other SWEet Engineers on the SWE Member Highlights page

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Celebrate Engineering Week!

February 25, 2015

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Did you know that this week is Engineering Week?

National Engineering week was first celebrated in 1951.   The National Society of Professional Engineers was the first group to recognize the event, which is now celebrated by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, as well as over 50 corporations and government agencies.  Historically held in February, during the week of George Washington’s birthday, it also pays homage to our first President.  Washington is considered to be our Nation’s first Engineer, notably for his survey work.YoungGW-Survey

Many Engineering programs are in the works this week.  DiscoverE  (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) states that Engineers Week aims to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference. Check out DiscoverE for more information.  You can also find many great Engineering Week activities and discussion topics on the National Society of Professional Engineers website.   Where can Engineering take you?  Meet some current Engineers at Be An Engineer.

Check back later this week as we take a look at some of the Engineering Explorer Posts in our area, where high school students are exploring Engineering in a very hands-on way!Engineers-Logo