Women in Engineering Program

The Women in Engineering (WIE) Program is dedicated to promoting the role of women in the field of engineering. Our focus is on the recruitment of prospective female engineering students and the retention of current undergraduate and graduate female engineering students.

The Women in Engineering Program in the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland was established in January 1995 through a grant from the Sloan Foundation.
Core Purpose
To produce engineers who value every voice and mobilize the power of community to thrive as global citizens and fearless agents of positive change.

The Women in Engineering Program Office is located:

1131 Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742
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Meet the Women in Engineering Staff
The WIE Staff is committed to supporting current and future students as they pursue careers in engineering.  We invite you to contact us!

WIE Student Advisory Board
The purpose of The Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board (WIESAB) is to provide feedback, insight, advice, and support to the Women in Engineering Program, and to promote community among all women in the School of Engineering. 

Women in Engineering Facts and Figures
Student success is a core value of the Women in Engineering Program. The Clark School is proud that women make up 27% of the undergraduate population. Check out other relevant facts and figures!

Get Involved
The Women in Engineering Program is proud to provide programs, services, and resources to engage and foster community among women students in engineering. We look forward to your participation!

Living and Learning Communities
The Flexus and Virtus Living and Learning Programs are specialized residential programs focused on promoting community, inclusivity, and social justice through connections to faculty and specific academic units and departments within the Clark School and the field of engineering. Resident Life and other student services staff at the University link the curricular and residential experiences in ways that create opportunities for deeper understanding and integration of classroom material. 

Flexus and Virtus aim to provide the resources and structure for first- and second-year engineering students to be successful through graduation, positively impacting the retention and graduation of undergraduate students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  

Tutoring Services
All are welcome to take advantage of free tutoring services offered through the Women in Engineering Program. During the Spring 2021 semester, all tutoring sessions will be conducted online via Zoom in individual appointments with our tutors. You may also sign-up with a study group or others to have a joint session. Please use this link to sign-up for an appointment slot that works best for you.

Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentoring Program provides women in engineering and transfer students the opportunity to be a part of mentoring teams during the fall semester. Mentoring teams meet regularly to provide support, discuss their experiences, and explore opportunities within engineering at UMD.

Technical Workshops
In collaboration with Terrapin Works, the Women in Engineering Program is excited to continue offering free virtual technical workshops available for all Clark students this fall. Please check out our calendar for updates on upcoming workshops throughout the semester.

WIE Summer Internship Program
Each year, the Women in Engineering Program hires engineering education interns to assist with the development and coordination of their middle and high school summer camps.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers is a not-for-profit international organization with over 42,000 members worldwide. The University of Maryland SWE section promotes women's involvement in the engineering and technology industry through personal development, networking, and scholarship programs. SWE's objective is to provide a sense of community and opportunities so that women can create a long-lasting impact.

Scholarship Opportunities
In addition to University of Maryland and Clark School scholarships, there are a variety of scholarship opportunities outside of the University.  WIE has compiled links to scholarship applications and information to assist you in your search. 

Seeking additional campus resources? Check out the Undergraduate Student Resource Guide! 

To receive our weekly WIE FYI Newsletter by email, please subscribe here!

Get Involved
The Women in Engineering Program is proud to provide programs, services, and resources to engage and foster community among women students in engineering. We look forward to your participation!

Graduate Women in Engineering (GWE)
Graduate Women in Engineering (GWE) is an organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the success of graduate student women in engineering through various professional and social events such as panels with faculty and industry professionals, writing groups, game nights, and peer mentoring. We welcome students of all gender identities and expressions. Connect with GWE to learn how you can get involved!

Email: umdgwe@gmail.com
Website: gwe.umd.edu 
Listserv: go.umd.edu/gwelistserv
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gwe.umd
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8966992/

Writing Groups for WIE Graduate Students
Are you currently working on writing your thesis or dissertation - and feeling isolated? Are you in search of others to write and/or study with - and also want to meet and connect with other graduate student women in engineering?
Join the virtual WIE Writing Group this semester. Date and time for fall 2021 is to be determined.
This weekly session will offer structured time and guidance for you to focus on your writing or studying goals, while also providing the opportunity for you to meet and connect with other graduate women in engineering.
To sign-up to join, please visit: go.umd.edu/wiegradgroup

Seeking additional campus resources? Check out the Graduate Student Resource Navigator!

To receive our weekly WIE FYI Newsletter by email, please subscribe here!

Information for Prospective Students
The Women in Engineering Program is eager to welcome you to the Clark School community! Learn more about the programs, services, and opportunities we offer to help you excel as a Terp Engineer!   

Programs for students in 6th - 12th Grade
Women in Engineering hosts opportunities for middle and high school students to be inspired and explore engineering.  The goal of these programs is to introduce girls to engineering and empower them to consider it as a potential career. Outreach programs include one-time on campus events, week-long summer programs, and even virtual engagement opportunities! 

First Year Summer Experience (FYSE)
FYSE is a three-week virtual summer program for students admitted to the Division of Letters & Sciences (L&S) focused on strengthening pathways to engineering. The FYSE program is free of charge, and participants can earn a $250 scholarship for successful completion of the program. 

To receive our Women in Engineering outreach newsletter by email, please subscribe here!

Give to Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering is grateful to the generous individuals and corporations who enable us to provide programs and services that promote women in the Clark School and beyond.  You, too, can promote gender equity!

For more information on donating to WIE, contact:

Tamika Hodnett
Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Email: thodnett@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-2150  
Heather Medina
Director of Alumni Engagement and Outreach
Email: hmedina@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-3303

Schedule An Appointment With Us

We invite you to schedule an individual appointment with us.  

Dr. Paige Smith, Director: Paige's Appt. Schedule
Dr. Elizabeth Kurban, Assistant Director - Retention: Liz's Appt. Schedule
Ms. Sama Sabihi, Program Coordinator: Sama's Appt. Schedule

The Women in Engineering Program is grateful for support from: