Valpo's female engineering students and faculty have been honored for their activities through the Society of Women Engineers chapter. Valpo's section won first place for Best Collegiate Section among institutions of comparable size in the Chicago Regional Section and second place for Best Collegiate Website. Valpo's chapter competed against other SWE chapters from engineering schools in Indiana and Illinois.
The Society of Women Engineers received the 2004 Outstanding Student Section Award, 2nd place for Small Section, for their sense of community.
The Valparaiso University chapter of Society of Women Engineers recently was honored regionally and nationally for its work in supporting women in the engineering profession.
The Valpo chapter was honored last fall at the SWE national convention with a runner-up award for Outstanding Collegiate Program in the small-college section. The chapter received a similar regional honor earlier this year.
“The national award was a nice thing. It was a total surprise,” said faculty adviser Kathleen Sevener, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
SWE takes part in service programs on campus and in the community. Last fall, members organized trick-or-canning to collect food for local food pantries. They also worked with the local Boys and Girls Club to teach children about engineering.