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Welcome to the 2011-2012 SWE Year and to the newly redesigned SWE-Los Angeles Website! The dedicated officers of the section…



Applications Due March 8, 2013

The Los Angeles Section of the Society of Women Engineers sponsors an annual scholarship program.

Professional Development Conference

Professional Development Conference

More details coming soon!

This year's SWE-LA Professional Development Conference (PDC) will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at The Double Tree Hotel in…

Calendar Events

Calendar Events

SWE LA Networking

SWE-LA holds social/networking events all over the LA area.  See what’s near you!

Wow! That's Engineering!

Wow! That's Engineering!

Wow! That's Engineering!

SWE-LA to host a Wow! That’s Engineering! event in 2012

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SWE-LA Update for October 14, 2014

  • SWE-LA Pre-WE14 Happy Hour on October 22nd
  • SWE Annual Conference (WE14) – October 23- 25
  • STEAM Carnival on October 25-26
  • Technical Tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific on November 21st
  • Mentorship/ outreach opportunities
    • MOSTE
    • EWB
    • Curiosity Machine
  • Save the Date: SWE-LA Upcoming Events

SWE-LA Pre-WE14 Happy Hour on October 22nd   


Greeting fellow SWE-LA members!

The annual WE convention is around the corner and we hope to see you all there. It has been a long standing tradition for our section to gather together at every national convention. No matter how far from home, the members of SWE LA join together to share in the excitement, the enthusiasm and the energy. This year, we are lucky to be in our hometown, and so to celebrate this, we would like to invite you to happy hour at the rooftop bar in Standard Hotel Rooftop Bar on Weds, Oct. 23rd, from 4-6 pm. Join us for this early happy hour, and feel free to bring coworkers and friends. It’s time to Celebrate SWE, LA style. The views from the rooftop bar are stunning and the bar is iconic and is the perfect backdrop for our photos.

Where: The Standard, Downtown LA

550 South Flower at 6th St

Los Angeles, California 90071

When: October 4, 2014, 10am-1pm

RSVP : Contact Susan Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SWE Annual Conference (WE14) – October 23- 25


Join your fellow SWE members from around the world in the SWE Annual Conference, WE14.

In honor of this year' theme, A Global Exchange for Change, WE14 will host the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES16). Businesses, organizations, universities, leaders and innovators from all corners of the globe will come together to learn from and inspire one another. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to make international connections while advancing their careers at insightful educational opportunities.

More than 7,000 members from around the world will head to WE14+ICWES16 to join the three-day educational celebration of all things engineering and science. Here are just a few reasons why WE14+ICWES16 will be can't-miss events:

-Connect with women in engineering from around the world

-Meet with like-minded, longtime SWE members and staff

-Get a professional edge at insightful workshops and lectures

-Learn from influential speakers at keynotes, plenary sessions and award banquets

-Take your professional network to the international level

-Start the next stage of your career at this year's Career Fair

-Experience a cross section of culture and cutting-edge technology in Los Angeles

Visit WE14 website for more information and/or to register: http://we14.swe.org/

STEAM Carnival on October 25-26

STEAM Carnivalis a unique, high-energy event featuring tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired entertainment to thrill, amuse, and reimagine the way we learn. Join the many who have entered the Two Bit Circus workshop and been amazed by its creations!

The Los Angeles STEAM Carnival debutsOctober 25-26, 2014from11am-7pmat CRAFTED at The Port of LA. 

They are looking for mentors to get involved and volunteer at the Carnival and other events.



If interested in participating, visit the following link:http://steamcarnival.com/steam-carnival-steamster-program-overview/


Technical Tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific on November 21st


Ever wondered what technologies support the operation and care for the deep sea wildlife at a large aquarium? Now you can find out! Join us for a technical tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. During the tour, we will learn about life support systems, filtration systems and processes, and equipment including backwashing, the ozone tower, sand filters, and protein skimmers. We will also hear about the aquarium's sustainability efforts in reducing energy and water.

What: Technical Tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Who's Invited: SWE-OC and SWE-LA members, family, and friends

When: November 21st, Friday, at 2pm

Where: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Entrance Fee: Free. Additionally, the Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered us free admission to the aquarium after the tour! Please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount and have enough tickets for all attendees.

Parking: Parking costs $8, so we strongly encourage carpooling!

RSVP: Please RSVP by registering at this link and include all members in your party, so we can get an accurate headcount: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swe-technical-tour-aquarium-of-the-pacific-tickets-13452929073

Questions? Contact Mica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mentorship/ outreach opportunities

MOSTE, Motivating Our Students through Experience.

Interested in providing one-on-one mentoring to young girls? Become a MOSTE mentor and join other successful women professionals from a variety of fields in playing a crucial role in young women’s social and educational development. Devote five to ten hours a month attending workshops, bringing your scholar to cultural events, accompanying her on college fairs and college tours, introducing her to friends and family, listening to her ideas, concerns and more.

If you’re interested and want to learn more, check out the link below where you can download a Mentor Application:


EWB, Engineers Without Borders

Ever been inspired by Doctors Without Borders and wanted to volunteer your skills through community service abroad? Engineers Without Borders USA is a volunteer non-profit humanitarian organization that partners with communities in “developing” areas of the world in order to improve on their quality of life through sustainable engineering projects and community education. The Los Angeles chapter also participates locally through community outreach activities as well as provides professional mentors to its EWB collegiate chapters at UCLA, USC, and LMU.

For more information about the organization and current projects, follow the link:


Curiosity Machine

Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers 

Curiosity Machine is a community of scientists, engineers and children creating together. LA community schools & libraries will be using the Curiosity machine online learning platform this fall to provide engineering education programs to their students. We are currently reaching out to Los Angeles engineers to support as mentors during these programs. As a mentor you help inspire children and support their learning as they create their own inventions and solve design challenges. 

Help Students Develop

       Curiosity to understand how things work

       Creativity to try new ideas

       Persistence to find a solution despite failures

Mentor Benefits

       Empower young learners in your local community

       Improve your science communication & mentoring skills

       1 hour a week commitment for the 5-week course, mentor online from anywhere & at anytime  


To learn more visit www.curiositymachine.org or contact Andrew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Save the Date: SWE-LA Upcoming Events:


  • SWE-LA Pre-WE14 Happy Hour– 10/22/14
  • SWE Annual Conference (WE14) - 10/23- 10/25/14
  • Steam Carnival- Introducing Engineering to Middle School Kids-10/25-10/26
  • Technical Tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific – 11/21/14
  • "SWE Community" Event, Downtown LA – November

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