Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) empowers women at the University of Rhode Island to achieve their full potential as future engineers and leaders. SWE members organize and participate in outreach activities, social and professional events, networking opportunities and conferences.

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Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi

Outreach Activities

URI SWE goes to K-12 schools, community centers, and Girl Scout conferences to inspire girls to pursue engineering. The URI chapter hosts the Girl Scouts’ “Physics is Phun!” workshop in the fall, mentors middle schoolers and ninth graders through the Little SWEsters club and on Women In Engineering Day, high school juniors, and seniors accepted to URI, spend a day with engineering faculty and students.

Professional Events

SWE members organize and attend campus workshops on networking, resume building, salary negotiation, interview skills and much more. The chapter also visits engineering firms to learn about different career paths from industry professionals.


The URI SWE chapter attends a regional conference and national conference. Each conference features workshops, career fairs and plenty of networking opportunities.

Social Events

Events such as a rope challenge course, apple picking, ice skating, group trips, and potluck dinners enable the members to have fun and get to know each other better.

Umbrella Organization

With more than 40,000 members around the globe, SWE is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.