The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit service organization aimed at informing the community of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers. Its mission is to stimulate women to achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers and as leaders, to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity.
The University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter has three primary objectives: professional development, education outreach to local high school and elementary schools, and social activities for its members.
If you would like to find out more information about the Society of Women Engineers, please visit the national SWE website (refer to Resources page). There you can also find out how to apply for paid membership to the national organization.

Mission Statement:
i) To stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.
ii) To expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life.
iii) To demonstrate the value of diversity.

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Emma Dong


Nidhi Kapate

VP of External Affairs

Madeline Paliganoff

VP of Internal Affairs

Karishma Nanwani

Finance Director

Shannon Lin

Communications Director

Jessica Peng

Technology Director

Trishla Pokharna

Activities Co-Director

Karen Shen

Activities Co-Director

Sadhana Marikunte

Corporate Dinner Co-Director

Sabrina Song

Corporate Dinner Co-Director

Julia Chen

Educational Outreach Co-Director

Julia Dardaris

Educational Outreach Co-Director

Maura Kelly

GEARS Day Co-Director

Hanna Kim

GEARS Day Co-Director

Danielle Bassett, PhD

Faculty Advisor

Annual Events

Corporate Dinner

The Society of Women Engineers Corporate Dinner is the largest annual student-run corporate event in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Each year we invite organizations to send representatives to this event held at the University of Pennsylvania. More than 150 undergraduates and graduates attend and have the opportunity to speak with representatives during a reception and dinner about internship opportunities and full-time positions. Students attending the dinner will submit their resumes to the online resume book which will be accessible to all representatives prior to the dinner.

Questions? Please contact the co-directors Nidhi (NIDHIKAP@SEAS.UPENN.EDU) and Jessica (JESSPENG@SEAS.UPENN.EDU) for more information.


GEARS Day (Girls in Engineering and Related Sciences) is a program run by Penn SWE with the help of Philadelphia SWE to encourage high school girls to develop an interest in engineering. The girls attend a mini day camp on Penn's engineering campus at NO COST. This one-day event for high school girls in the Philadelphia area, specifically sophomores and juniors, will take place this spring. During the event, the girls will participate in a series of hands-on workshops designed to give them a taste of several various engineering and scientific disciplines. The goal is to interest the high school girls in pursuing engineering in college. Aside from the workshops, the day includes a student panel and a lunch where the girls can mingle with current students, faculty, and Philadelphia SWE volunteers.

High School Shadowing Day

In keeping with our mission to encourage young people, especially young women, to explore engineering as a possible career, we invite groups of high school students to come to Penn and learn about being in college and more importantly, studying engineering. Each high school student shadows a SWE member to a few classes and between classes, has time to ask questions about student life at Penn. We also have a speaker who has had great success in an engineering field to share her experiences with both the college and high school students.