SWE Magazine / Volume 67 Number 3 / Spring 2021

Feature Articles

Women Engineers You Should Know

This annual series shines a light on women engineers whose work and discoveries, while significant and life changing, often take place behind the scenes. In the seventh edition of this important content from SWE Magazine, we present 10 such women, whose contributions both as both engineers and in their personal lives merit recognition and celebration.

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Is Blockchain Technology Coming into Its Own?

Experts hail blockchain technology as the groundwork for how we’ll bank, trade stocks, and improve health care equity, among many other uses, including providing engineers a path to working independently on globally significant projects. There are, however, issues of privacy and governance to be considered.

Digital Exclusive

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Onboarding During a Pandemic: A Virtual Experience

As scientists, researchers, and elected leaders grappled with how to handle the coronavirus, CEOs were left to determine for themselves how to safely proceed when so much remained unknown. They also had to consider how to onboard new hires, temporary workers, and interns when much of the onboarding typically takes place in person and on-site. In this new world of work came the opportunity for companies to re-evaluate orientation practices and discover better solutions in the process.

News & Advocacy

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021

This May, during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation.

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A Closer Look at the Data

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) educate a large portion of the diverse talent entering the engineering workforce today.

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Reaching Out to Congress from the Comfort of Home

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, SWE has made a smooth — and potentially permanent — transition to virtual congressional outreach.

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Unbreakable Bricks: Transforming Plastic Waste

Single-use plastic pollution is a global environmental threat, with 5 trillion plastic bags used per year and only a tiny percentage of them recycled. One engineer and her company are fighting back.

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Solar Impulse Foundation Reaches Goal

Four years after the first call for entries, the organization not only reached its goal of 1,000 solutions for solving the climate crisis with clean technology, but it’s already soaring beyond it.

New NSF Program Envisions the Future of Engineering

A new organization from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering seeks to change the way engineering research priorities are developed.

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Career Pathways

Workplace Negotiations Post-COVID… Read More

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From breaking the glass ceiling in industry, academia, and research to an array of accomplishments, these women are making news. Read More

Opening Thoughts

By Anne Perusek
Director of Editorial and Publications

Women engineers make significant contributions every day and lead interesting and fulfilling lives, giving to their profession and communities. Quite often, those who are behind the scenes, out of the limelight, make real change.

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SWE Forum

We recognized that whatever we were able to accomplish in the midst of a pandemic, our programs and services needed to maintain the quality people have come to associate with SWE.

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President's Note

By Heather Doty
FY21 SWE President

We recognized that whatever we were able to accomplish in the midst of a pandemic, our programs and services needed to maintain the quality people have come to associate with SWE.

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Closing Thoughts

By Karen Horting, CAE
Executive Director & CEO

Advocacy is not just one of the Society’s four strategic goals, it is part of who we are as an organization and has been essential to our identity since our founding more than 70 years ago.

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Ask Alice

What Does It Really Mean to Bring Your Authentic Self to Work?

We hear the term a lot — “authentic” — but what does it really mean to bring your authentic self to work? And why is it crucial for fostering an inclusive and diverse engineering workplace? Read More

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