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Does anyone here know if there exists something similar to the Grace Hopper celebration, but for EE's?

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ms_geekette
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
I didn't even know there was a conference centered around Grace Hopper...that's cool.

My background is mostly in ME, so I have really no idea about EE-only focused women's conferences. Maybe IEEE Women in Engineering does something on their own or as a part of a bigger IEEE event??? (I don't see anything jumping out at me, but I didn't look very hard.)

http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/women/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/ieeewomeninengineering

I'm sure you know about SWE (Society of Women Engineers). I've only been to a regional conference (many moons ago)...I don't really recall any technical sessions, per se...it was geared to more professional development type stuff, IIRC. Don't know what they do @ national conventions....if they have paper presentations and the like.

http://we11.swe.org/ (SWE nat'l convention link)
http://www.swe.org
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=278&Itemid=190 (you can get to regional conferences from here...different regions might have different things)
gaudysalamander
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as far as I know, WIE doesn't do anything as big or elaborate as Grace Hopper. And my experience with SWE mirrors yours -- lots of great professional development type stuff, but lacking the technical tracks -- I guess because it's hard to do technical tracks that are relevant to all the many fields represented by SWE members.
ms_geekette
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I keep adding to this comment; I will stop now. ;-D
You should look into what IEEE does at a local level in your region, if you aren't already involved in what they do.

Hate to say it, but my lone ASME regional conference experience (also many moons ago) trumps my SWE ones from a technical standpoint. Of course, it is hard to top getting to tour the Shuttle Assembly complex at Cape Canaveral (which was AWESOME, btw). ;-D Of course, there may have been all of two women there (me and an ASME nat'l staffer), but then I'm sorta used to it, being of a ME persuasion. :-/ (Only gal in the class/lab/office = usually moi)

From looking at the SWE Nat'l conference link, it looks like they DO have a technical-ish track ("Innovation in Technology and Business: Gain insight on new and emerging technologies that you can take back to strengthen your workplace"), which is probably a grab-bag of stuff, like you said.

Not much specific deets here (unless I'm looking in the wrong place), but then it's not until Oct.
http://we11.swe.org/attendees/benefits-for-professionals