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.
Pieces of Advice: Women in Engineering Alumnae/Student Networking
October 17 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Female engineering alumnae, students, and faculty are invited to join us for finger foods and networking during Brick City Homecoming! This reception will be a wonderful opportunity for alumnae to reconnect with former classmates and faculty, meet current students, and learn about the many exciting things happening within the college of engineering. Alumnae will be asked to fill out a puzzle piece with their best "piece of advice" for current 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.
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.