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.
Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Women in Science & Engineering Conference in February! We will post photos from the conference lectures, lunch, and workshops soon.
Please mark your calendars for the February 18, 2017 conference.
Here's What Happened at the 2016 Conference
- Opening Address Panel »
- Hear about opportunities and challenges for women in STEM from five brilliant, eminent engineers, scholars and businesswomen.
- Workshops in professional and personal development »
- Attend workshops designed specifically for the high school, college/university student and professional.
Plenary and Workshop Descriptions | Speaker biographies
- Career 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.
- Networking Lunch
- Enjoy a catered lunch and plenty of time to network with employers, faculty and students.
Welcome to the 2016 WiSE Conference
UW President, Ana Mari Cauce
WiSE started out as a modest event with around 60 UW student attendees. Today, the conference serves over 300 students from across the UW’s campuses, as well as other local universities, community colleges and high schools. Attracting volunteers from industry and academia, WiSE represents the thriving diversity in our region and in the range of fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
More importantly, WiSE empowers young girls and women to see who they can be and what they can do — which is anyone and anything. The program isn’t just helping students; WiSE women transform the world.
Thanks to the vision, determination and spirit of participants like you, the conference continues to grow. So, as we commemorate the past 25 years, we also look ahead to the new discoveries and opportunities we can create — together.
Ana Mari Cauce
President, University of Washington
Gabriel Gallardo, Interim Vice Provost for Diversity
Today’s conference is just one example of the many opportunities that WiSE offers for students to engage in professional and educational enrichment. It is exciting to see that what started as an event for about 60 participants has grown to over 300. The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) is proud to be a partner in the work to advance diversity in STEM, and we look forward to supporting WiSE in these very important efforts.
My hope is that this conference will serve as a salient reminder that society is better as a result of diverse talent, as well as those who generate new technology and scientific discovery. I encourage each of you TO BE WiSE as you explore your time on the University of Washington campus!
Dr. Gabriel Gallardo
Interim Vice President for Minority Affairs
Interim Vice Provost for Diversity
UW Engineering Dean, Mike Bragg
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.
On behalf of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, I welcome you to the 2016 Women in Science and Engineering Conference.
Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering