Graduate Women in Engineering Network (GWEN)

The GWEN program has been placed on hiatus. 

Tell me more about GWEN

The Graduate Women in Engineering Network (GWEN) offers information and support to women engineering students throughout their graduate school education. The GWEN team hosts various events for networking as well as gaining personal and professional development strategies.

  • Lunch & Learn Meetings are offered in-person, twice monthly that include networking activities and a guest speaker or panel. A light lunch is served. 
  • Coffee & Conversation Sessions are offered virtually, once a month and is are an opportunity to build your community with other female engineering graduate students. 
  • Bagel Breaks are offered in-person, twice a semester for participants to drop by, touch base, and grab a bite to eat. 

All components of GWEN programming have been placed on hiatus. Please contact  for questions.

Mission of the GWEN Program

To provide a supportive environment for the purpose of sharing information and strategies to enable women engineering graduate students to achieve success personally, academically, and professionally. 

Program Objectives
  • Community: To establish an inclusive network that affirms, inspires, and supports women and gender minorities throughout the engineering graduate career. 
  • Strategies: To provide opportunities to develop skills and introduce strategies for professional and personal development.
  • Advancement: To provide an enriching experience that encourages individual growth, and furthers the community of women engineers. 
WIEP Travel Grant Award for Graduate Students
About WIEP Travel Grant Awards for Graduate Students

The WIEP Travel Grant award program has been placed on hiatus. The Purdue Women in Engineering Program holds a bi-annual competitive Travel Grant Award. Graduate students in the College of Engineering who are presenting their research at a professional conference are invited to apply. Awards are competitive. There are a limited number given each semester. All applications are given full consideration; priority is given to active Graduate Women in Engineering Network (GWEN) participants and to students who have not won this award before. 


Please contact Cathy Deno if you have questions at . The WIEP Travel Grant Award is for up to $800.00. A letter of acceptance from the conference coordinator is required prior to receiving funds. No late applications will be accepted. Hard copies of the application are not accepted.

WIEP Travel Grant Award Winners

Congrats to Kristin Byers (Ph.D. BME), Caralyn Coultas Mckenney (Ph.D. CHE), Yalluth Alexandra Loaiza Lopera (Ph.D. MSE), and Tongtong Shen (Ph.D. MSE) on receiving travel grants from the Women in Engineering Program! We wish you all well as you present your research at these technical conferences! 

Kristin Byers (Ph.D. BME) will travel this October to Basel, Switzerland to present her research on Versatile Printed Microheaters to Enable Low-Power Thermal Control in Paper Diagnostics at MicroTotal Analytical Systems (MicroTAS). MicroTAS is the premier international conference for her fields and we congratulate Kristin for being chosen to give an oral presentation (only the top 10% of over 1100 submitted abstracts were selected)! She is looking forward to sharing her results and hard work with other researchers and producing future collaborations for her lab to continue this work.

Caralyn Coultas Mckenney (Ph.D. CHE) will present at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2019 Annual Meeting this November in Orlando, Florida. Her presentation will be on Bringing Particle Scale Properties into Descriptions of Energetic Powder Behavior via the Enhanced Centrifuge Technique and will be a part of the session of Advances in Processing and Handling of Energetic Materials. She'll have the opportunity to discuss with other powder research groups and companies which will help her better identify the strengths and weaknesses of her current work. 

Yalluth Alexandry Loaiza Lopera (Ph.D. MSE) recently attended the MS&T 19 Materials, Science and Technology Conference in Portland, Oregon. She presented her work on Structure-Mechanical Properties in Solid Solution Strengthened Nanoporous Copper Alloys. This opportunity helped her gain experience on presenting her work to an academic audience, receive feedback from scientists in the same field and grow her network. 

Tongtong Shen (Ph.D. MSE) plans to present her work on Non-crystallographic Branching in Polymer Crystallization: A Molecular Picture of the Onset of Spherulite Formation next February at the TMS 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Diego, California. By presenting her work at this conference, she will have the opportunity to receive critique from internationally recognized scholars. She's also looking forward to attending tutorial and workshop sessions presented by experts in her field to augment her current studies here at Purdue.  

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