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Women in Engineering Program

Purdue University has one of the largest enrollments of women engineering students in the United States and has actively promoted this diversity since the founding of the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) in 1969. The Women in Engineering Program offers activities and programs to provide students with resources and opportunities to interact with successful alumnae and build friendships and peer networks that will enhance their student life experience and knowledge of the engineering profession. Important components of the WIEP include:

  • An extensive array of pre-college programs
  • A living community in two residence halls
  • A seminar for first-year students
  • A seminar for upper-class students
  • Several types of mentoring programs
  • A tutoring service
  • A merit award program for beginning and continuing students
  • Opportunities for student involvement on leadership teams

Purdue also has one of the oldest and largest student sections of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Started in 1954, Purdue SWE now averages more than 400 members each year. SWE strives to empower and support its members through professional advancement opportunities, technical opportunities, engineering outreach opportunities, and providing a support network. Although SWE and WIEP are separate organizations, they work in partnership on several programs and events. For additional information, visit the Women in Engineering Program website and the Purdue Society of Women Engineers website.