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India: 959 Members

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Canada: 140 Members

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United Kingdom: 100 Members

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China: 86 Members

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Germany: 77 Members

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Mexico: 77 Members

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Brazil: 58 Members

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Malaysia: 53 Members

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Puerto Rico: 43 Members

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Nigeria: 31 Members

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Singapore: 25 Members

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Costa Rica: 24 Members

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Turkey: 19 Members

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Spain: 18 Members

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Czech Republic: 11 Members

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Austria: 9 Members

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Liberia: 9 Members

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Poland: 9 Members

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Belgium: 8 Members

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Switzerland: 8 Members

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United Arab Emirates: 7 Members

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Indonesia: 6 Members

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Republic of Korea: 3 Members

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Egypt: 2 Members

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Qatar: 2 Members

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Kenya: 1 Member

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Papua New Guinea: 1 Member

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Peru: 1 Member

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Brazil

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 6 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016. SWE members in Brazil focus on outreach and professional development activities, including introducing a girl to engineering day, workshops, seminars, lego assembly, technical tours, and more.

We have outreach and development activities such as introducing a girl to engineering day, workshops (power BI, career, “I graduated now what?”), seminars, lego assembly, technical tours, etc. We also have a team working on communications and another on attracting more members to SWE.

Veridiana Victoria Rossetti was the first woman in Brazil to graduate in Agronomic Engineering and to practice the profession. She developed her entire career at Instituto Biológico, from 1940 to 1987. Among her main achievements was the study of citrus leprosis and citrus canker as well as the identification of a new disease in 1987, which she named Variegated Chlorosis of Citrus (CVC). Thanks to her work and that of her team, Brazil has become a world leader in technologies to combat citrus diseases, which has made plantations increasingly efficient and productive, and helped Brazil become the world’s largest orange producer.

Brazilian cuisine reflects the country’s vast cultural and geographic diversity. Considered the national dish, Feijoada is perhaps the most well-known of its cuisines. This rich stew has a base of beans with salted pork and is served with rice, manioc flour, and collard greens.

Most people know about the famous Carnival celebration in Brazil, but have you heard of Boi Bumbá? This is one of the main Brazilian folklore festivals, held in June on the island of Parintins. The celebrations usually last for three nights, without much of a break in between. When in full swing, tourists can embrace the cultural mojo, for which Brazil is so famous, with incredible colors, music, dance, and rhythms radiating from the celebrations.

Canada

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 6 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

The SWE Toronto Affiliate organizes two monthly events called SWE Speaks and SWE Coffee Club, a one day event at National Engineering month and other social events throughout the year, where womxn engineers from across GTA participate. SWE Toronto has created a community where womxn engineers can gather, feel supported, belong and important. The SWE Durham Affiliate has anchored their activities around strong community partnerships with PEO Lake Ontario, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and Ontario Tech University.

Recently, affiliates in Canada such as Toronto and Ottawa have transitioned their events to a virtual format and gained event higher engagement than in the past. 

In Vancouver on the west coast of Canada, Global Ambassador Tugce organizes SWE events around the city, inviting women from STEM fields to meet and connect with one another. The events are coordinated around special dates such as Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day, and Women’s History Month. Tugce includes drawings and prizes at the meet-ups to encourage attendance and promotes the activities on social media.

March 1 is recognized as Professional Engineers Day in Ontario, and March is celebrated across Canada as National Engineering Month.

Canadian Women Engineers You Should Know
Roberta Bondar:
Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first female astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space when she flew on the space shuttle Discovery in January 1992. During the mission, she worked as a prime payload specialist and conducted experiments that would help future astronauts to remain longer in space.

Elsie MacGill: Known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, MacGill was the first Canadian woman to earn a degree in electrical engineering and then the first woman in North America to earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, and finally the world’s first female aircraft designer. MacGill completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto in electrical engineering in 1927 and graduated with an aeronautical masters degree two years later. She worked as a chief engineer for the Canadian Car and Foundry Company during the Second World War, responsible for the production of the Hawker Hurricane in Canada and developing aircraft for cold weather flying.

Poutine became famous in Canada in the late 1950s in the Centre-du-Québec area. It is the most famous Québécois dish and it has long been associated with the Canadian cuisine.

The nanaimo bar is a featured dessert originated from Canada. It is a bar dessert and does not need to be baked. The name of the dessert comes from the city of Nanaimo located in British Columbia province of Canada.

China

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 4 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2017.

Most recently, SWE in China organized an event in celebration of International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June. The activity, titled “Enjoy yourself, Shape the world”, took place both online and in-person. The online event featured 9 women engineers, across disciplines, from Beijing, Wuhan and Jiangsu who shared important moments from their careers and lives. The in-person celebration included teams of engineers that participated in a miniature home design and building activity. 

The next affiliate activity being planned is a virtual fireside chat on how to encourage young women to pursue engineering. The event will include a variety of speakers and perspectives, including a middle school student, university student, new hire and senior female engineers.

China awards a growing number of engineering degrees each year, with more women choosing STEM majors or related professions. One well-known Chinese scientist you should know is Ning Yan. Yan is a structural biologist whose laboratory studies the structural and chemical basis for membrane transport and lipid metabolism.

Her personal story has been a source of inspiration, encouraging many girls to pursue personal achievement without gender restriction.

  • China has a traditional lunar calendar that is still used to accurately guide agriculture even though it was developed more than 4700 years ago.   
  • The most famous and important festival in China is the Spring Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year. Around the country, people return home to celebrate the day with food, special clothing and music, though the celebrations look different from one region to the next given that there are 56 different ethnic groups within China. 
  • In contrast with other countries, most Chinese in the south eat rice with their meals while those in the north have diets based on wheat. Chopsticks are the dominant utensil.

Costa Rica

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 2 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

The SWE San Jose Global Affiliate conducts professional development, social, outreach and company events throughout the year. The affiliate is committed to developing the leadership skills of its members. Information sessions and workshops are organized with different companies and universities, so that members acquire skills related to career development, leadership and innovation. Furthermore, we organize company tours for women students in universities to learn more about and make connections with local companies.

There is also time to have fun and meet new people. During the end of the year, SWE San Jose organizes social events so our members can interact with each other and don’t miss the opportunity to build new friendships and share some laughs about our personal experiences. We believe in networking through authentic friendship and sorority is key to continue advancing our careers.

Additionally, the affiliate focuses several activities on outreach. The main goal is to increase the student interest in the engineering field, especially in girls and young women. We work hands-on with students from middle and high school through a series of fun and creative activities that promote our beloved engineering fields.

Costa Rican Women Engineers You Should Know
Sandra Cauffman – Earth Science Deputy Division Director – NASA
Cauffman has degrees in electrical engineering and physics. She is known for her work at NASA and her profile has been highlighted by UN Women as being a positive example for women, especially, youth and children. Cauffman worked for 25 years at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on missions such as the mission to Mars MAVEN, and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GOES-R. Cauffman is the first Costa Rican woman to lead a Mars-related mission.

Costa Rica takes up only 0.03% of the world’s land, but despite the relatively small area, it is home to more than 5% of the total biodiversity in the world. More than 25% of Costa Rica’s land is dedicated to national parks, reserves, and wildlife refuges.

There is no standing army in Costa Rica: Costa Rica has proudly boasted the absence of a military since 1948, after it was abolished in the wake of victory in that year’s civil war.

Native Costa Ricans call themselves ticos and ticas.

Great Costa Rican foods include: gallo pinto (“painted rooster”), which is rice mixed with black beans and often eggs.

India

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 24 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

Global Affiliates in India organize many events each year, primarily focused on outreach and professional development. Since June, affiliates have contributed to 12 live webinars that have reached more than 1,100 people. Workshops have covered topics ranging from machine learning and AI to inclusion and women’s empowerment. Collegiate affiliates offer sessions on mentorship, resume writing, career development, the gender pay gap, and more.

Indian Women Engineers You Should Know
Mangala Mani is an India space technology researcher who was the lone woman on a 23-person team during a 403-day expedition in Antarctica. Though she had never been to a place with snow prior to arriving in Antarctica, Mani successfully completed her mission in the most isolated place on earth with 22 others who were strangers to her until the expedition.

A.Lalitha became the first woman engineer in India in 1943. Married at age 15 and widowed with a 4-month old daughter before age 19, Lalitha wanted to go to college and get a professional degree that would allow her to be self-sufficient. With the support of her family, she graduated, with honors, with an electrical engineering degree. She enjoyed a long career and, in fact, attended the first International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists hosted by SWE in June 1964.

One of the most celebrated holidays in India is Diwali. Known as the Festival of Lights, the event symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance“. 

Each region in India represents their own unique signature cuisine, clothing, music, dance, architecture, traditions and much more. There are 22 official languages in India.

Indonesia

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 2 SWE Global Affiliates (SWE Affiliate Jakarta and SWE Affiliate Nusa Tenggara Barat) and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

SWE Jakarta hosts discussion groups with women in STEM, ranging from college students to professionals. Additionally, the affiliate organizes outreach programs at schools and in collaboration with venues such as AtAmerica to promote STEM. They’ve also held STEM workshops on coding, robotics and 3-D printing for kids ages 5-15 and adults as well. 

SWE leaders have also participated actively in the annual Habibie Festival for the past two years. The festival is named after the late Indonesian President Mr. B.J. Habibie, who was an engineer, to celebrate his legacy in STEM.

SWE Indonesia collaborates with other STEM organizations and communities by sharing information and seeking opportunities to create awareness and increase interest in engineering. More info about past programs can be found at: http://jakarta.swe.org/past-programsevents.html

We have been featured in Jakarta Post newspaper:

Indonesian Women Engineers You Should Know

Arvila Delitriana, a Civil Engineer who designed the longest curved bridge in Indonesia. The bridge is 148 meters long and is designed for the Light Rapid Transit train that connects greater Jakarta.

Dr. Wiratni Budhijannto is a chemical engineer and associate professor at Gadjah Mada University.  Working in partnership with Dr. Largus Angenent at Cornell University, she invented a new way to treat waste water that’s 10-times more efficient, requires far less land than retention pond systems and releases no greenhouse gasses.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, is very diverse with over 300 ethnic groups and 700 local languages. As the largest archipelago country in the world, Indonesia is spread out to 3 different time zones with over 17,000 islands including the five major islands which are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi, and Papua. Indonesia has many high mountains, some of which are active volcanoes. The country also boasts tropical rainforests, jungles and swampy mangrove areas.

Different ethnic groups have different local food, traditional home design, and clothing. 86% of the population is Muslim, although there are 4 other religions acknowledged by the government. Indonesians are very family oriented and a close-knit society.

Located in the island of Java is Borobudur, the world’s biggest Buddhist temple built in the ninth century and an ancient engineering marvel listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Nigeria

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 3 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

Affiliates and Ambassadors in Nigeria focus largely on outreach programs to encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM fields. Some of the regular activities they conduct include Introduce a Girl to Engineering, Code with Girls, and First Lego League Robotics Competition. 

Leaders in Nigeria also work to provide professional development opportunities to support women working in engineering. They have done hangouts and monthly get-togethers, while more recently taking their workshops online to build capacity even during the pandemic.

Nigerian Women Engineers You Should Know

Ofodile Anulika: She is the only female on the team of Nigerian air force engineers who designed the Tsaigumi Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The vehicle is used for intelligence surveillance in land and sea domains. It is the first of its kind designed and created indigenously in Nigeria.  

Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke: A Civil Engineer and the former Head of the Nigerian Civil Service, she was the first female to have ever served in that capacity and one of the Civil Engineers who has contributed enormously to development in Nigeria. 

Professor Deborah Enilo Ajakaiye: Africa’s first woman to be appointed as Professor of Physics in 1980. She was also the first black African to be named a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Joana Maduka: A Nigerian engineer who, in 1993, became the founder of Friends of the Environment, an innovation which seeks to improve renewable energy, manage wastes and also empower women. In 2016 she became the ninth president, and the first female president, of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. She is the first president of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).

There are more than 250 ethnic tribes in Nigeria but the three largest are the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo. The Niger and Benue Rivers come together in the center of the country, creating a “Y” that splits Nigeria into three separate sections. In general, this “Y” marks the boundaries of these three groups, with the Hausa in the north, the Yoruba in the southwest, and the Igbo in the southeast.

Nigeria has the largest population of any African country. In 2000, Nigeria’s population was estimated at more than 123 million people, also making it the most densely populated country in Africa. Until the past few decades, Nigeria had been self-sufficient in producing enough food to feed the population. However, as petroleum production and industry began to boom in Nigeria, much of the national resources were concentrated on the new industries at the expense of agriculture.

If you visit Nigeria, you’ll have a chance to taste a wide variety of traditional dishes. Nigerian cuisine is heavily influenced by the use of herbs and spices to create flavorful soups, stews, bean and rice dishes. Eating is a very aromatic experience!

Turkey

SWE Activities in the Region:

There are 3 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2013. Koç University SWE (KUSWE) is the first Global Collegiate Affiliate founded outside the USA and founded in 2013. Another collegiate affiliate in Kayseri,Turkey, Abdullah Gül University SWE (AGU SWE), was founded in 2017. SWE Istanbul was founded in 2017 as the first professional affiliate in Turkey with the leadership of Ford Otosan Company.

Global Ambassadors in Turkey meet occasionally to connect with one another and promote SWE culture around Turkey. While some ambassadors are professionals, others are collegiate SWE members. They also participate in and represent SWE during affiliate events. Ambassadors may also take on leadership roles within the affiliates to ensure that affiliate activities reflect the SWE vision and culture. KUSWE promotes SWE around Istanbul, the center of Turkish industry, through networking events for global companies and students, science fairs for high school students, a Girls Who Code programme for young women, and inspiring talks with SWE alumnae around the world. AGU SWE focuses on raising awareness of gender bias in the engineering and technology fields through their special seminars which are led by successful women in STEM.

The First Turkish Woman on the Skies  
Although she herself was not an engineer, Sabiha Gökçen, is a role model for many women engineers in Turkey. As the first female fighter pilot in the world and first Turkish female pilot, she led many women to actively contribute to the industry and participate in business. In 2009, the second airport in Istanbul was built and named in her honor. For those of you who will visit Turkey some day, I hope your flight will come through Sabiha Gökçen Airport. 

The Turkish Woman in NASA
Another successful Turkish woman you should know is Feryal Özel, an astrophysicist who contributed to the first image of black hole. She was born in Istanbul and after her education at Uskudar American Academy, she studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at University of Columbia. After receiving her masters degree at Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, she completed her PhD degree on Astrophysics  at Harvard University. Now, she is the Science and Technology Definition Team Community Co-Chair for the Lynx X-ray Observatory NASA Large Mission Concept Study.

SWE Related Facts:

  • FY11 SWE President Sidika Demir is a Turkish SWE member who moved to the USA for her education. Her sister Semahat Demir, also member of SWE for more than 10 years, was one of the big supporters of Koc University SWE. These two sisters inspired the SWEsters network in Turkey. 
  • Benay Uzer, who founded Koc University SWE while she was an undergraduate student, also led her students at AGU to establish a SWE Affiliate after she received her PhD degree. We value giving back! 

Cultural Facts:

  • When we greet each other, we kiss three times. What a warm culture!
  • The Turkish language is gender free. For example, we use the same word for both she and he. 
  • We frequently visit our relatives during religious holidays. Relatives are very important to us, even those we don’t know well! Like other Asian cultures, we have a deep respect for our elders, so during the holidays the first visit is always to the eldest family member. 
  • We have a national holiday which was gifted by Atatürk for children called National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on 23th of April. Similarly we have National Youth and Sports Day which is also gifted by Atatürk on 19th of May.
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