History

Established in 1969, the Purdue Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) was the first of its kind in the nation and has been a model for such programs at other universities. Since then, the enrollment of women in the College of Engineering has increased from less than one percent to the current 25 percent. Women now receive 20 percent of the undergraduate engineering degrees granted, up from less than one percent in the early 1970s. To date, the College of Engineering has granted more than 10,000 engineering degrees to women, thanks in large part to the WIEP's efforts.

Mission

The Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University is dedicated to enriching the profession of engineering through the full participation of women. We develop and direct activities that provide:

  • encouragement for girls and young women to study engineering.
  • information about careers and companies.
  • an environment conducive to the successful completion of students' studies.

We also strive to maintain strong relationships with alumnae, friends and employers who generously support our program.

Objectives

  • To provide career information and encouragement to pre-college girls and young women to continue achievement in math and science and consider engineering as an appropriate career choice.
  • Encourage women to matriculate at Purdue University in the College of Engineering.
  • Ensure a climate in the College of Engineering that allows young women to reach their full potential
  • Provide opportunities for women engineering students to develop leadership skills that can be utilized in their future lives.
  • Encourage women to consider graduate education and academia among their options upon graduation.
  • Maintain open communication with alumnae and their employers to encourage their continued participation in and support of the Women in Engineering Program.

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