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.

2018 Women in Science & Engineering Conference
Engaged. Empowered. Excellent.

Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building, UW Seattle Campus

Registration deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018

Conference details, featured speakers, and registration information is to be announced.


Here's what happened at the 2017 conference

WiSE Conference 2017


Keynote speaker portraitsKeynote Speakers »
Hear about opportunities and challenges for women in STEM from six 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 student, university student, and professional.
Plenary and workshop sessions | Session speaker biographies

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.


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

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!

Rickey Hall
Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity
Chief Diversity Officer

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

WiSE - Sponsors

2017 WiSE Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations that are 2017 WiSE sponsors, along with UW Engineering Student Academic Services and Diversity & Access.

Gold Sponsorship - $5,000 and up

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

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