Women in Science & Engineering Conference
The WiSE Conference is a celebration of women in engineering. The day of educational and professional enrichment brings pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students together with women faculty, administrators, and professionals.
The 2017 WiSE conference is over. Check back later for details on the 2018 conference.
Here's What Happened at the 2017 Conference
- Keynote Speakers »
- Hear about opportunities and challenges for women in STEM from six brilliant, eminent engineers, scholars, and businesswomen.
- Workshops in professional and personal development »
- Attend workshops designed specifically for the high school student, university student, and professional.
Plenary and workshop sessions | Session 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.
Reactions to the 2017 WiSE Conference
I can offer them understanding, but only you can offer then identity. My students returned astounded with the possibilities of STEM. Eyes and doors were opened for this stellar group of young ladies.
—Stadium High School AP Physics Instructor Don Crider
Welcome to the 2017 WiSE Conference
Rickey Hall, Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity
In order to create a culture of excellence in STEM, or any fields for that matter, we must have a commitment to diversity and inclusion. That means cultivating opportunities such as this to empower all of you. The unique skills and talents that you offer are what is needed to innovate and sustain success in the workforce, today and in the future. We hope the resources, knowledge and networking opportunities you receive from this conference will continue to energize your academic and professional pursuits.
We are honored to have you in attendance today. Indeed, there are no limits to your boundless potential!
Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity
Chief Diversity Officer
UW Engineering Dean, Mike Bragg
Greetings! On behalf of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, I’m thrilled to welcome you to the 2017 Women in Science & 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 throughout the College. Increasing the participation of women in engineering disciplines is an essential part of our mission, and the WiSE program is critical to this effort.
Simply put, WiSE works: 25 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering disciplines at the UW in 2015 went to women, compared to the national average of 20 percent. I am especially proud that the UW percentage of B.S. degrees awarded to women increased to 28% in 2016.
I am also 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.
The annual WiSE conference is central to our mission to recruit and retain female students in engineering. Creating equal gender opportunities benefits the sciences and engineering. This conference is a great opportunity for high school students, current and pre-engineering college students, faculty, alumni, and industry leaders to come together as a community.
Michael B. Bragg
Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering