Welcome to the Women's Engineering Program!


  • Check out the Women's Engineering Program's Spring 2024 Highlights!
  • 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 2024's Outstanding Women in Engineering award recipients! The winners were Payton Porter (Aerospace Engineering), Izzy Starr (Biomedical Engineering), Joselyne Martinez (Civil Engineering), Corinne Watson (Environmental Engineering), and Sydney Nunes (Mechanical Engineering). Learn more about 2024's Outstanding Women in Engineering.
  • Congratulations to AERO student Payton Porter, who was selected for the Brooke Owens Fellowship! Payton 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 2022 Team Tech competition sponsored by Boeing. They participated in the WE22 conference, the world's largest conference for women engineers. During this conference, they won first place in the Boeing Team Tech competition for their project Anthropomorphic Cargo System, the Boeing Multicultural Award, and Alyssa Liu (2021-2022 Cal Poly SWE President) received the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award. Check out Cal Poly SWE's past awards.


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: $83,500

Highest starting salary: $145,000

-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
Ashley Corona

WEP Office
Building 40, Rm 113
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

SWE Office
Building 197, Room 212
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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