James Madison University

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is an educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. SWE establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more.


Our mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Current Goals

JMU SWE focuses to reach out into our community to establish engineering as a career aspiration to women. JMU SWE concentrates on following goals and objectives:

  • Growing the Profession—To increase the number of women choosing to enter the engineering and technology profession.
  • Professional Excellence—To have the women in engineering and technology excel professionally, and their achievements are showcased and valued.
  • Industry Catalyst—To create SWE as a catalyst for changing the professional climate to enable women in engineering and technology to excel.

JMU Society of Women Engineers addresses these goals by providing professional development sessions at regional conferences for members in all career stages. We also create educational workshops to encourage young, developing students to pursue a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career. Running just as deep as the camaraderie we share, are the opportunities and resources that come along with membership.

Upcoming Events and Programs

For more information about our upcoming events and sponsored activities, please visit the JMU Society of Women Engineers website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For More Information

Please contact us if you have any questions or need more information.


  • Open: Engineering Faculty Position
  • January 28
    7:00 p.m.
    Steve Gaffney, JMU alum and nationally recognized speaker presents, "Honest Communication: Learn how to become a leader in your career.”
    ISAT 259
  • February 9
    7:00 p.m.
    Faraday Lecture Series: Dr. Michael Littman presents, “The value of historical re-creation in understanding how we know and what we know.”
    ISAT 259
  • March 9-13
    Spring Break
  • April 18
    Xchange ‘15
    Engineering students present a year of good through innovation, research, and design
    ISAT/CS and HHS Buildings