About Us

1955, a group working on the SWE Newsletter at Ford

The Society of Women Engineers is a not-for-profit organization that supports women engineers in all stages of their career, from current professionals, stay-at-home moms and retirees, to students from the collegiate level to grade school. Our volunteers are a vital part of making a difference in our community.

Founded in 1952, Detroit is one of the oldest Sections of the Society of Women Engineers. SWE Detroit is also one of the larger Sections in the country with over 500 members.

SWE Detroit has six members elected to Fellow Grade, the highest grade of membership in the Society. Three past Achievement Award Winners are members of the Detroit Section. The Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by SWE. These winners are Roberta Nichols (retired from Ford Motor Company), Lynn Conway of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Shirley Schwartz from General Motors. SWE Detroit’s Sue Cischke won SWE’s Upward Mobility Award when she was with Chrysler Corporation. SWE Detroit is home to many recipients of SWE’s Distinguished New Engineer Award. 

SWE Detroit historical information is kept at the Walter P. Reuther Library Archives at Wayne State University in Detroit, the largest archives of labor history in the country.


​SWE Detroit shares the same goals and vision as the national SWE society. To find out more, visit the SWE website: ​https://swe.org/about-swe/



Core Values

SWE Detroit Section Membership and Map

In FY23, SWE-Detroit had 725 paid members!

SWE Detroit spans wider than the metro-Detroit area! Check out the map below of our current section area.

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