Empower women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.


The SWE Orange County Section was originally part of the SWE Los Angeles Section. In the early 1980s, the Los Angeles section had more than 400 members and was the largest section in the nation. With members dispersed across both counties and with the section as large as it was, it made sense to charter a new section. On February 10, 1985, the section received its official charter. It had been four years in the making, but through strong will and determination, it all paid off. Today, the SWE-OC section is still continuing to grow. SWE-OC has approximately 238 professional members.

Awards Received

SWE-OC has received the following national and regional awards:

  • Region B History Award (2014-2015)
  • Region B Outstanding Program: Speaker’s Bureau (2014-2015)
  • Region B Certificate of Achievement Award (30 Year Anniversary( (2014-2015)
  • Region B Programming Award Professional Section (2013-2014)
  • Region B History Award (2013-2014)
  • Region B History Award (2011-2012) 
  • Region B Programming Award (2011-2012) 
  • Professional Development Event Award (2010-2011)
  • Adult Influencer Award (2009-2010)
  • 2nd Place Best Website (2009-2010)
  • Best Public Relations Program (2009-2010)
  • Communications Award: Best Public Relations Program (2008-2009) 
  • Connecting Educators to Engineering Award (2008-2009) 
  • Membership Retention for a large SWE section (2008-2009) 
  • Membership Recruitment for a large SWE section (2007-2008) 
  • Professional Development Event Award (2007-2008) 
  • Region B Membership Growth Award (2006-2007) 
  • Professional Development Event Award (2006-2007) 
  • Membership Program Award, Honorable Mention (2004-2005) 
  • Professional Development Event Award (2003-2004) 
  • Corning Career Guidance Grant (2002-2003) 
  • National Best Newsletter (1991-1993 and 2000-2001) 
  • Exxon Mobil Foundation Career Guidance Event/Series (2002-2003) 
  • Largest member net increase for a medium SWE section (1999-2000 and 2001-2002)

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