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Clubs of Cal Poly: Society of Women Engineers

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Cal Poly chapter.

Walking into a room of 50+ strangers is one of the most intimidating things you could ever do. But if those strangers are members of the Society of Women Engineers, then intimidating is the furthest word that should be used. These Cal Poly women foster a welcoming and friendly atmosphere in their weekly meetings, which always fill up a large lecture room!

The Society of Women Engineers is actually a national educational organization that encourages women to achieve their full potential in the fields of engineering. With one of the most established engineering programs in the nation, Cal Poly’s chapter of SWE achieves as much outside the classroom as they do in. From going through hours of Outreach training to volunteering in 4th grade classrooms to mentoring and judging the high school VEX Robotics competition, no wonder our campus’s chapter continues to win the “Outstanding Collegiate Section” from SWE Nationals.

Even their general meetings are impressive. When they’re not planning their many events or socializing, the SWE often brings in guest speakers from different companies and firms to talk about various topics in engineering fields. This year, they’ve had representatives from Northrop Grumman, Kaiser, Apple, and Varian Medical come in and give insight as to what it’s like to be in the workforce. These 50+ SWE members dedicate themselves to these career lectures even after a full day of classes, proving their willingness to achieve great things.

Cal Poly’s Society of Women Engineers meets Wednesdays from 6-7pm in Building 197, Room 104. You can sign up to receive weekly emails to stay informed on their upcoming events, and even join the Society of Women Engineers as a member and receive benefits. If you’re someone who celebrates women in engineering, then the Society of Women Engineers welcomes you with open arms!

Facebook: Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers

Instagram: @cpswe 

All photos provided by Victoria Spencer, SWE President

Valentina Sainato is a 5th year English major and Ethnic Studies minor at Cal Poly SLO. She loves to read, always having a book in hand. She's also a devoted dancer who knows 12 different styles, and runs the SLO swing dancing scene. When she isn't working as a writing tutor, you can find her at any coffee shop in town (probably reading) or trying her best at the gym. Valentina is thrilled to be a writer and the senior editor for Her Campus Cal Poly!
Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.