Women in Engineering (WIE) is an outreach program for 10th- and 11th-grade students held every year in November. Our primary goal is to introduce students to what an engineer does, what kinds of engineering careers are available, and explain how engineers help the world in general. Membership or participation in this program is not limited by sex or gender. This program is open to all applicants who satisfy its academic criteria.
Started as a pilot program in 2006, Women in Engineering has now expanded to many schools in the area. The day is filled with hands-on and interactive activities/workshops that feature different careers in engineering. Engineering students, as well as members of the Society of Women Engineers, act as guides and mentors throughout the day and encourage the attendees to ask questions and get involved.
The workshops are run by either practicing engineers from the Erie area or our own Penn State engineering students and faculty members. Lunch is served and a featured speaker will share their engineering experiences with the attendees. Engineers of all genders and backgrounds are welcome to participate in the day and get involved with the program.
The Women in Engineering program is partly supported by the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the company representatives that participate in this program.
Past participants include:
- Erie Insurance
- Wabtec - Women in Technology Group
- Technip FMC Technologies
- Penn State Behrend School of Engineering alumni
Please contact the Engineering K-12 Outreach Center at [email protected] or 814-898-6871 with any questions or inquiries.