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World’s Largest Conference for Women in Engineering and Technology Continues to Grow
November 17, 2016

The Society of Women Engineers’ annual conference and career fair, WE16, set record attendance this year in Philadelphia, drawing more than 11,500 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Oct. 27-29, 2016. The conference featured educational sessions, interactive discussions and workshops for women engineers at every stage of their career from the collegiate level to seasoned professional. WE16’s special event, Invent it. Build it, for girls interested in learning more about engineering was also a hit, nearly selling out in the weeks leading up to it.

“SWE’s annual conference and career fair has remained such an important aspect for so many women and their journey in engineering,” said Jessica Rannow, president of SWE. “At WE16, women were able to secure internships, find new jobs, meet new career mentors, learn from subject matter experts and peers, make connections with some of the biggest companies in engineering and create lifelong friendships. SWE’s annual conference is an unforgettable experience which is why these incredible women engineers keep coming back!”

New to SWE’s conference this year was State of Women in Engineering, where SWE research leaders and partners discussed the latest data and trends on women in engineering. Included were the results of two of SWE’s most recent studies addressing workplace culture and female attrition, and gender and racial bias in the workplace. This event can be viewed here. The results of the two studies can be downloaded at

Other highlights from the conference include the career fair which was buzzing with more than 300 exhibitors interviewing for open positions at their organizations right on-site. SWE also released its new comic book, Constance and Nano Engineering Adventure #1. The comic book demonstrates fun ways to solve problems using science, engineering, technology and math, and is available for free download here. SWE’s special event for girls in grades 6-12, Invent it. Build it., attracted 500 middle school and 200 high school girls, along with parents and educators who learned more about engineering and received resources that will help them on their path to pursue engineering. Achievers and leaders in engineering and technology were honored on Oct. 28 during an awards presentation. This year’s awards recipients can be viewed here:

“We couldn’t be more pleased with how this annual conference and career fair continues to grow and make an impact on so many women across the engineering field,” said Karen Horting, executive director and CEO of SWE. “As a Society, it is a pleasure to remain a constant in these women’s lives and evolving careers in engineering.”

For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit

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