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  • Meet our Industry Advisory Board members: our partners in industry who support women in engineering and technology. 
  • Check out the SWE Outreach to see what SWE has been up to this year. 
  • Did you miss us at Open House? Not to worry, the Women in Engineering Panel Discussion is available to watch for a limited time. 
  • Congratulations to 2021's Outstanding Women in Engineering award recipients! The winners were Mahima Choudary (Software Engineering), Karina Camp (Industrial Engineering), Jennifer Kandell (Biomedical Engineering), Megan Campbell (BioResources and Agricultural Engineering),and Claire Luce (Aerospace Engineering). Learn more about 2021's Outstanding Women in Engineering.
  • Congratulations to AERO student Marlene Escobedo, who was selected for the Brooke Owens Fellowship! Marlene was one of 44 fellows chosen from more than 800 applicants! The Brooke Owens Fellowship recognizes exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in Aerospace.
  • Cal Poly SWE received first place in the 2014-2015 Team Tech competition sponsored by Boeing. The title and $5000 prize were announced at SWE's National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  During the conference, Cal Poly SWE received the Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Award (for the fifth year in a row!) and the Boeing Multicultural Award. Two Cal Poly SWE alumnae were also honored for their various contributions to engineering.  


Did you know?

+ Engineers make a difference!


In December 2015, Cal Poly's Engineers without Borders sent 17 engineering students abroad to work on several ongoing projects in India, Thailand, Nicaragua, and Malawi.  EWB's Thailand team spent three weeks in Thailand performing water quality testing on previously implemented filters and assessing for an energy project. 


                     Kimberly Pugel (ENVE), Michallynn Hoffman (IE), Stefania Beauchamp (SE), and Abigail Nial (MATE) with water quality trays during an Engineering Without Borders (EWB) trip to Thailand.

From left: Kimberly Pugel (ENVE), Michallynn Hoffman (IE), Stefania Beauchamp (SE), Abigail Nial (MATE) showing the water quality trays from the team's previously implemented slow sand filters. The yellow trays are positive for fecal coliforms before the filters and the clear trays are clean from after the filters. 


                     EWB students taking drinking water samples with children from the community of Maejantai.

Students taking drinking water samples with some of the kids from the community of Maejantai.



                      Stefania Beauchamp double-checking her field notes with a boy from Maejantai.

Stefania Beauchamp double checking field notes with one of the boys from Maejantai.


Visit EWBThailand's travel blog to see more of what the team has been up to!


Cal Poly Students Create Beach Walker for Local Special Olympic Athlete (pdf): These college seniors designed and built a beach walker for an 8 year old athlete with cerebral palsy.  

Engineering World Health: "EWH finds innovative solutions to overcome technical challenges impacting health care in developing countries.

+ Many companies recruit from Cal Poly.


Median starting salary: $68,000

Highest starting salary: $125,000

In 2015, 91% of graduates were employed or went to grad school.

-Graduate Status Report


DisneyImagineer That! "Join the talented team that develops and delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world."

+ You CAN change your major.


Almost 90% of CP students didn’t decide to be an engineer until High School.

"Over 30% of our students change majors [successfully.]” –Removing Hurdles Towards Progress to Degree: Curricular, Poly, and Technical Challenges


Learn more about the engineering disciplines!

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Contact Information

Program Director
Helene Finger

Student Assistant
Melissa Martinez

WEP Office
Building 40, Rm 113
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-2350

SWE Office
Building 197, Room 212
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-2417

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