What is SWE?
SWE is a student-run organization for women engineers across the United States, providing a more relaxed environment for female engineering students and promoting student outreach.
SWE not only includes women in engineering, but is open to anyone dedicated to promoting and advocating for women in STEM fields and providing a space for them.
What SWE Does
The Society of Women Engineers is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the equal opportunity of women in the engineering workplace, as well as promoting the study of engineering! SWE, at the national level, was founded in 1950 and has since become a great opportunity to network with professionals, attend conferences, participate in outreach events, develop leadership skills, and to socialize with other women in engineering. At ERAU, we strive to uphold the same guiding principles. SWE at ERAU offers many social, professional development, and outreach events throughout the year; whether trying to make friends, establish a successful career, help the community, or all three. SWE has something for everyone! For more information, please check out SWE at ERAU on Facebook, and head over to the official website for information about the national organization.
Elena Djudaric is the President of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University section of the Society of Women Engineers. She is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Astronautics. Elena has been involved in SWE since Spring of 2020 and has previously been involved with the IGEW committee. Outside of SWE, she is the treasurer for the First-Generation Students Association, a percussionist for the ERAU Pep Band, involved in research for the ADvanced Autonomous MUltiple Spacecraft laboratory (ADAMUS), and is a team lead and peer mentor for the first-generation college student Discover Program. Born in Florida, she has grown fond of experiencing the past shuttle and rocket launches from the space coast. For IGEW, Elena hopes to inspire the next generation of females to pursue STEM careers!
Faith Lee is currently a second year student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University majoring in aerospace engineering with a concentration in astronautics. She is a Houston, Texas native, with Space Center Houston being just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Her hobbies include reading, surfing Wikipedia and watching documentaries. Needless to say, she really likes to learn. She has always found it interesting to see how much information there is to learn out there in the world. And to think that we have the ability to do so at just the click of a button? It's mind-blowing! Her passion for learning new things is why she is where she's at today. Ever since the days she was in pigtails, she has always been interested in the fields of science and engineering. One thing she has learned while growing up as a female interested in STEM is that it is important to surround yourself with like-minded people. Having a community of those who look, think, talk and enjoy the same interests as you do is the best place to be. Most importantly, such a place provides the support you need to succeed academically, professionally and socially. All in all, there is a place in STEM for everyone, and for Faith, having this opportunity to share and blossom this interest with the young girls of IGEW is an absolute pleasure.
Carly McDonald is a sophomore aerospace engineering major from Berea, Kentucky. This is her second year serving on the IGEW committee, and she is excited to be back! She is also an active member of SWE, the Spaceflight Sciences Policy and Operations Club, the Theta Phi Alpha sorority, and employed on-campus. Carly has been fascinated with flight since she was young and had an opportunity to collaborate on an experiment sent to the International Space Station in her junior year of high school. Her current goal for IGEW is to encourage more girls and young women to pursue STEM careers by showing them that anything is possible.
Maegan Lucas is a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering and is the IGEW Committee Ambassador. This is her second year in SWE. Maegan grew up in the northern Panhandle of Florida, where you can see practically all of the stars in the Milky Way. This started her love and curiosity for space, leading her to Embry-Riddle. Her hopes for IGEW 2022 are that it helps inspire young women to lean into their curiosity and know that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.