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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

Feb  25

Terrain Classification Using Proprioceptive Sensors for the Mars Rovers

Sponsored by: QinetiQ

Presented by: Dr. Danielle Ward, Analytics, Modeling and Simulation Research Engineer at Aptima Inc.

Please RSVP by: February 19, 2015

Event Overview:
This talk will give an overview of Dr. Ward's work on Terrain Classification. While NASA had had great success using their visual terrain classification system, it was not perfect, and Spirit ended up stuck in soft soil that had not been correctly classified. Their approach was to have a two staged approach where JPL's visual system was used to give a first pass classification on the terrain. This classification was then used to set up a prior belief over all possible terrains that was used by the real time proprioceptive sensor classification system. The proprioceptive system would then either confirm or re-classify the terrain as the rover drove over it. It was their hope that this two staged approach would help to avoid future 'embedded events' like the one experience by Spirit. This project was done in collaboration with researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA during the summer of 2010. She will also discuss the advancements made to this field in the past few years

About the Speaker:

Dr. Danielle Ward is an Analytics, Modeling and Simulation Research Engineer at Aptima, Inc. Her background lies in machine learning, terrain classification, probabilistic modeling, and robotics. Her doctoral work on terrain classification using proprioceptive sensors took her to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Her research has also taken her to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she spent a summer testing her terrain classification algorithm on the Mar's rover robotic platform. In more recent years, Dr. Ward has worked with Aptima to use context to help robots better interact with their human counterparts and Brain Computer Interfaces have better control over prosthetic arms. Dr. Ward received her PhD in Engineering Science with a specialization in Control Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. She received her B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary. She is currently a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems (ISTVS). As a part-time job, Dr. Ward also teaches seventh grade Technology and Engineering at Winchester's McCall Middle School first period every morning before going to her full time job at Aptima.

6:00 - 6:30: Registration and Networking
6:30 - 7:00: Dinner
7:00 - 7:15: SWE announcements and a few words from QinetiQ
7:15 - 8:15: Main presentation, with Q&A
8:15 - 8:30: Wrap Up

Dinner will be provided. Vegetarian Option available.

All attendees must register by the RSVP date. Late Registration or attendance will not be permitted. Attendees must supply name, including middle name, employer name (e.g., for government personnel, their jurisdictions and agencies) and title/occupation. All attendees should be ready to present a form of ID. All attendees will be required to sign a photo release form.

Location: QinetiQ North America
358 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451

"Tickets are non-refundable. However, if a request is made at least 72 hours before the scheduled event, the amount paid can be used as credit towards a future event. Please note that this credit expires within 60 days of the request being approved."

About QinetiQ:
QinetiQ North America (QNA)is a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC, one of the world’s leading defense and security technology companies. Operating in North America, QNA delivers world-class technology, responsive services, and innovative solutions for global markets, focusing on U.S. government and commercial customers. Its engineers, scientists and other professionals deliver high quality products and services that leverage detailed mission knowledge and proven, reliable tools and methodologies to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QNA is headquartered in Waltham, MA. QinetiQ North America is a world leader in robotic technology solutions that save lives in defense, security and first responder environments.

From the South:
Take Route 128N to Exit 26 (Waltham/Weston/US-20). Keep right at the fork on US-20E. At the second light (after the Sunoco station) take a left onto Tavern Rd. Follow that to the next light and take a left onto Main Street. Go over the bridge, and take a Right onto Bear Hill Road, continue 0.8mi. Just before the TD Bank, turn left onto Second Avenue. Go to the end of the road (past the QinetiQ North America Sign), to the single story building on the left (number 358). Enter the door labeled 358 C&D.
From the North:
Take Route 128S to Exit 27B and merge onto Winter St. Follow signs for Second Ave (will loop around the small pond), and turn right onto Second Ave just after Costco. Follow Second Ave for 0.7mi. Turn Right just after TD Bank and go to the end of the road (past the QinetiQ North America Sign), to the single story building on the left (number 358). Enter the door labeled 358 C&D.

To register for this event:

Eventbrite - Terrain Classification Using Proprioceptive Sensors for the Mars Rovers




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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