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Women in Science & Engineering Conference

The WiSE Conference is a celebration of women in engineering academics and careers. The day of educational and professional enrichment brings pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with faculty, administrators, and professional women.

2016 Women in Science & Engineering Conference
We Are WiSE

Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In the Husky Union Building on the UW Seattle Campus

We are sold out for 2016 and no longer taking registrations. Please mark your calendars for the February 18, 2017 conference.

Conference Highlights

Opening program panelists at WiSE Conference 2016Opening Address Panel »
Hear about opportunities and challenges for women in STEM from five brilliant, eminent engineers, scholars and businesswomen.

Guests gathered for discussion at WiE conference workshopWorkshops in professional and personal development »
Attend workshops designed specifically for the high school, college/university student and professional.

students chatting with employers at WiSE Conference Career Resource FairCareer Resource Fair
Network and meet with employers of engineering and science graduates, talk to friends and representatives from engineering and science departments and UW community.

Guests enjoying lunch at WiE conferenceNetworking Lunch
Enjoy a catered lunch and plenty of time to network with employers, faculty and students.


Dean's Welcome

UW Engineering Dean Mike Bragg On behalf of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, I welcome you to the 2016 Women in Science and Engineering Conference.

At the College of Engineering, we recognize the importance of having a diverse student body and actively seek to recruit and retain female students. Increasing the participation of women in engineering disciplines is an essential part of our mission — and the WiSE program and annual conference are as critical to our efforts to make engineering more inclusive as they are to the women who participate in them. Simply put, WiSE works: 25 percent of Bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering disciplines at the UW in 2014-15 went to women, compared to the national average of 20 percent. For this reason, we encourage all of our women undergraduates to take advantage of the many resources and opportunities the program offers.

We’re incredibly proud that the percentage of women faculty in the College — 22 percent — exceeds that of any of the top 50 engineering schools in the country. While there is always work to be done to encourage women in engineering at all levels, this is a notable achievement. The WiSE conference provides an opportunity for women students at all levels, from high school to graduate school, to meet outstanding women faculty, alumni, and industry leaders. It’s a great way to learn more about the many career options in engineering and to connect with students and mentors throughout the region. I encourage you to remain involved with WiSE after the conference and to continue your excellent work in promoting the success of women in engineering.

Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering

WiSE Conference Poster

Thanks to all who attended the 2015 Women in Science & Engineering Conference in February! Photos from the photo booth are available in the 2015 WiSE Conference Photobooth Dropbox.

WiSE - Sponsors

2016 WiSE Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations that are 2016 WiSE sponsors, along with UW Engineering Student Academic Services and Student Academic Services.


Gold Sponsorship - $5,000 and up

UW Engineering logo

Microsoft logo


Silver Sponsorship - $2,500 to $4,999


Bronze Sponsorship - $1,000 to $2,499