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The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a nonprofit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. The objectives for the Society were adopted when the society was founded in 1950 and are still applicable today:
  • Inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public, of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
  • Assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
  • Serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
  • Encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.


SWE Boston News

Upcoming Event: Social/Networking

July  23

SWE Boston Professional Development Meeting
WWII and the Top Secret Rosies -- The Original Women of IT
Sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Presented by: Leann Erickson

Event Overview:
We have invited Leann Erickson of Temple University to show and share stories from her one-hour documentary "Top Secret Rosies", which tells the story of female mathematicians who were recruited during WWII to perform ballistic missile trajectory calculations. These calculations were compiled into soldiers' field manuals that were essential for accurate missile firings on the battlefield. Leanne's documentary follows the lives and careers of these women, whose groundbreaking work predated the first electronic computer (ENIAC) and opened many doors for women in technology fields.

About the "Top Secret Rosies":
In 1942, only months after the United States entry into WWII, a secret military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike recruiting Rosie to the factory, this search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the US Army. These women worked round-the-clock shifts creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allied victory. Rosie made the weapons but the female computers made them accurate. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was invented to aid ballistic calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers.


About the Speaker:
LEANN ERICKSON is an Associate Professor of film and video production at Temple University in the Department of Film and Media Arts and has been an independent video/filmmaker for over 25 years. Her work has appeared on public and cable television, in media and art galleries and has won national and international recognition in video/film festivals.
Her documentary film titles include: Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII, c. 2010; Folk Songs, c.2007; Everybody Promenade, c. 2007; Neighbor Ladies, c. 2005 and From One Place to Another, 1996.

5:00 - 6:30: Dinner
6:00 - 6:20: WLF and SWE Introduction
6:20 - 6:30: 'Rosies' Introduction by Director, Leann Erickson
6:30 - 7:30: Movie
7:30 - 8:20: Q&A with the Director
8:20 - 8:30: Wrap Up
Dinner will be provided. Vegetarian Option available.

Please RSVP by: July 16, 2014
Location: EMC Corporation
176 South Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Patriots Conference Room -- directly above the main lobby

From Boston:
From Danvers, take MA-128 S for 12.1 miles.
•Take Mass Pike I-90 westbound
•Take the exit for I-495 Southbound
•Go one exit south of the Mass Pike I-90 -- exit 21B (West Main Street, toward Upton)
•At the end of the ramp, turn right on to West Main Street
•At the next light, turn left onto South Street
•Go 1.3 miles
•Turn right into 176 South Street to enter the corporate park
•Bear left and head up hill
•Turn right into the first driveway for Visitor's Parking
•This puts you right in front of the Main Lobby
•Check in with Security, then go upstairs to the Patriots Conference Room

From The North:
•Rt 495 Southbound
•Go one exit south of the Mass Pike I-90 -- exit 21B (West Main Street, toward Upton)
•At the end of the ramp, turn right on to West Main Street
•At the next light, turn left onto South Street
•Go 1.3 miles
•Turn right into 176 South Street to enter the corporate park
•Bear left and head up hill
•Turn right into the first driveway for Visitor's Parking
•This puts you right in front of the Main Lobby
•Check in with Security, then go upstairs to the Patriots Conference Room

About EMC2
EMC2 is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset - information - in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. EMC ranks 139 in the Fortune 500 and had reported revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012, the largest revenue year in EMC's 34-year history. We work with organizations around the world, in every industry, in the public and private sectors, and of every size, from startups to the Fortune Global 500. Our customers include global money center banks and other leading financial services firms, manufacturers, healthcare and life sciences organizations, Internet service and telecommunications providers, airlines and transportation companies, educational institutions, and public-sector agencies. EMC employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide. We are represented by approximately 400 sales offices and scores of partners in 86 countries around the world. More information can be found at www.emc.com.
EMC values an inclusive work environment where every employee is encouraged to share their ideas and talents so we can leverage our diversity. Promoting and leveraging diversity at a grass-roots level, EMC has a number of employee circles-groups organized and run by employees themselves. Supported and funded by our leadership team, these affinity groups provide employees the opportunity to participate and self-lead by arranging social, educational, and philanthropic programs for their colleagues. Additionally, the circles allow employees to share their personal experiences and collective talents, while offering the benefits of career development, retention, and productivity improvement. EMC's Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) employee circle was created more than 11 years ago and now has thousands of members worldwide.
In April 2009, EMC published a book called The Working Mother Experience which contains nearly 100 real stories, written by EMC women (and one man) from around the world, that provide candid perspectives on being working mothers in a fast-paced business environment. If you're interested, you can read the book online or order a copy from our website:http://www.emc.com/collateral/about/jobs/pdf/h4470-working-mother-bk2.pdf.

To register for this event:

Eventbrite - WWII and the Top Secret Rosies - The Original Women of IT

June  08

June Networking Brunch

SWE Boston's international brunch series continues this June! Let's eat at a Gourmet Greatness! ~The Phantom Gourmet. Voted “New England’s Best Chinese Food”- (1st Place) ~WHDH-TV News 7 Boston

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Location: Kowloon, 948 Broadway, Saugus MA 02110
Please RSVP at: at http://www.sweboston.org

To register for this event:

Eventbrite - June Networking Brunch

at stacey.gomm@gmail.com. or at (207) 299-6883. If you have questions, please contact Stacey Gomm at stacey.gomm@gmail.com.
Stacy's Number is: (207) 299-6883.
Note: Please keep Stacey informed if you are not able to attend after the RSVP.




SWE Boston is excited to announce that our organization was awarded the following at the SWE National Conference in Houston in 2012:

Thank you to all the volunteers who made these awards possible!


Region F News

Region F Leadership Summit


Sep  21

Region F is hosting a "Leadership Summit" on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Western New England University. This summit is available to the entire region. Its primary goals are to provide leadership training to the incoming & returning collegiate and professional officers, discuss Society initiatives relative to Region F, define Region F goals for FY14 and conduct Region business. Professional Section Reps must attend the Region Business Meeting Portion. The agenda will provide the professional development in the morning and then conduct region business after lunch. The entire event will run from 8:30am-4:30pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.



Region F Conference

Apr  05

The FY14 Region F Conference will be held at Western New England University. Our conference motto, “Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination” seeks to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit that drives engineers. Over 25 workshops and events will provide professional development and networking for collegiate and professional members. This includes the career fair, a good opportunity to meet amazing companies in our region.

We invite you to learn about this year's conference sessions and keynote speaker by visiting http://regionf.swe.org/region-f-conference

For registration: http://regionf.swe.org/registration



National News

SWE National Conference - WE13

Oct  23 24 25

SWE Society Conference - WE14 + ICWES16, October 23-25, Los Angeles, California

More than 7,000 women from around the world will come together in Los Angeles next October for WE14 + ICWES16. Save the date now and make a plan to meet your peers and engaging organizations at the largest global exchange for change for women engineers. WE14 will also be hosting ICWES16, the 16th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists. Now celebrating 50 years since the first ICWES, organized by SWE, WE14 + ICWES16 welcomes engineers and scientists from around the globe. Attendees from both organizations will discover the latest in technology while building their professional networks and contemplating the next steps in their careers.They'll be coming to network, start or advance their career and experience highly rated professional development offerings. Plan now to be among your peers—save the date to ensure you are part of this inspiring conference. As a woman in engineering and technology, it's the best way for you to add to your own personal history of success. Interested in presenting at WE14 + ICWES16? The submission deadline is March 11, 2014 for WE14 and January 31, 2014 for ICWES16.

To learn more about this event, go to: http://Society of Woment Engineers.swe.org


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