The Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) is the only engineering college in the nation named in honor of a woman. Kate Gleason’s legacy and inspiration, together with the college’s strong commitment to foster gender equality in the engineering field, have inspired WE@RIT to develop enrichment programs to support women both academically and socially.
WE@RIT hosts a series of programs and activities throughout the academic year dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of women engineering students while providing student networking and relationship building opportunities.
Each year over 1000 engineering women college students attend events hosted by WE@RIT! The programs are offered to strengthen and enhance the community within KGCOE for our women students.
Kate's Hours and Events
Kate’s Hour events are offered several times during the academic year. They are theme based events and programs to enrich and enhance the students’ educational experience.
Kate’s Hour events are offered several times during the academic year. They are theme based events and programs to enrich and enhance the students’ educational experience. They provide student networking and relationship building opportunities.
Program and Event examples include: Mock Interviews, Resume Writing, Kate Gleason's Birthday Celebration, What Not to Wear, Company Information Sessions, Student Summer Experiences, etc.
Volunteer & Leadership
WE@RIT provides opportunities for current RIT engineering students to volunteer during numerous pre-engineering outreach programs to role model and inspire future engineers. Engineering students, staff, and faculty lead various educational experiences while helping participants examine the multi-disciplinary engineering aspects of different types of projects. The programs provide an opportunity for girls and young women to interact with and be role modeled by female engineering faculty, professionals and female engineering students in a fun and comfortable environment. For upcoming volunteer opportunities, students should visit the Events page.
The INSPIRE program is a KGCOE Student Ambassador program in collaboration with RIT’s Admissions organization. Ambassador roles will be to represent KGCOE as needed at various outreach and RIT functions including: presentations, tours, STEM chats, Q&A panels, Information sessions, student shadowing etc. Program participation provides students with customized apparel; theme based training sessions, social and professional opportunities. Participation is based on an application/selection process for KGCOE 2nd & 3rd year students with expectation that they stay active throughout their student years at RIT.
Hot Wheelz Formula SAE Electric
The annual Hot Wheelz team gives women engineering students an opportunity to experience a real world design project. The goal is to have students research, design, build and test a vehicle that will compete in the Formula SAE Hybrid Electric Only vehicle competition.
The RIT Hot Wheelz Formula SAE Electric Team, is a group of college women engineering students at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The students are a mix of different backgrounds, experience, majors, and interests, who have come together to form a team of innovative and creative race enthusiasts. This unique team fosters an environment of learning and teaching, where members have the opportunity to try something new every meeting, and be mentored by experienced partners. Learning from each other in a hands-on, practical application not only emphasizes concepts that have been taught in class, but bonds the team and creates friendships that last beyond race day.
In 2012, the team took 1st place in the Imagine RIT Electric Dragster Race and earned the Imagine RIT Time Warner Cable Sponser Award. In 2013, the team earned 3rd place in the Imagine RIT Electric Endurance Power Wheels challenge and received the Innovation Award. In 2014, the team came in 3rd place in the Imagine RIT Electric Vehicle Autocross competition.
Follow the team on their blog! http://weatrithotwheelz.blogspot.com/
Connect with the team, be part of a successful student focused project. Sponsorship and project needs proposal available here
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers is an organization that inspires women to succeed in engineering fields, and to be recognized for their accomplishments. Founded in 1950, SWE offers a diverse array of training and development.
The Society of Women Engineers is a national organization that inspires women to succeed in engineering fields, and to be recognized for their accomplishments. Founded in 1950, SWE offers a diverse array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and more. For more about the national organization of SWE, visit the National Society of Women Engineers website.
Rochester Institute of Technology has a SWE student section. Unlike WE@RIT, the SWE section is a student-run club that is membership-based and affiliated with a national professional organization. A number of programs (as well as volunteering opportunities) are offered through this organization. For more information about the RIT student section, visit the official RIT Society of Women Engineers website.
RIT SWE hosts an annual overnight program for female high school juniors to learn more about engineering. For more information about SWE Overnight and to find out how to register, click here.