About Us

View our SWE Brochure

‘Lorain Community College is recognized as the first Community College Society of Women Engineers Affiliate in the US’

Briana Aviles
Engagement Analyst
Society of Women Engineers


Community of Support


The Society of Women Engineers LogoSWE is an inclusive organization focused on issues of interest to women specializing in engineering and technical careers.

  • A strong network of women engineers from academia, government and industry, corporate representatives, government officials, and other individuals supporting and advocating for the mission of SWE.
  • Awards and recognition programs honoring outstanding accomplishments of women in the engineering profession as well as those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women in engineering and technology professions.

In the News

LCCC SWE awarded International Award for the second year in a row

Society of Women Engineers Collegiate Interest group at Lorain County Community College received SWE Mission Bronze award on October 20, 2018 at WE 18, held in Minneapolis, MN. LCCC was the first community college to receive this international award, and is the first to receive it two years in a row. SWE Mission Awards recognize groups that embody SWE core values and demonstrate continuous improvement and growth as they work to achieve the Society’s strategic goals.

Read more in the Collegian article


SWE Members Earn Outstanding Student Awards

Sarah Grimm – LCCC MEMS Outstanding Student Award, 2017

Sarah Grimm receiving her award from Maria McConnel

Arshiya Anand – University Partnership Outstanding Student Award, 2016, and 2017

Arisha Anand receiving her award from Dr. Johnathan Dryden

Annie Paxton – LCCC Outstanding student award, 2016


Faculty Adviser

A picture of Society of Women Engineers Faculty Advisor, Ramona Anand
Ramona Anand

Ramona Anand, Faculty Adviser, received Region G Advancing Leader Award at the Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference at Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh on Feb. 18, 2017. Region G is comprised of four states Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, including 32 collegiate sections and six professional sections. The Region G Advancing Leader Award is given to individual collegiate and/or professional who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology degree, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence, and has consistently engaged with SWE.
The award includes cash grants based on funds and a certificate accompanied by the award distributed at the discretion of the Region G conference.


Education and Development


SWE’s education and outreach activities are designed to enhance the quality of life for women of all backgrounds who pursue the profession of engineering.

  • Scholarship opportunities for all educational and professional levels, including undergraduate and graduate students, and women re-entering the workforce as engineers (at national and section levels).
  • Reduced fees for admittance to national and regional education conferences that offer networking, professional development, seminars, workshops, and leadership training.


Resources and Information

As a worldwide leader in engineering knowledge and support, SWE is a partner you can turn to for advanced, relevant information about women in technical careers.

  • SWE Magazine—the Society’s award-winning magazine, covering issues of interest to women engineers including the achievements of women engineers, career development, career guidance, activities within the Society, and technical topics.
  • All Together, SWE’s monthly newsletter.
  • SWE Online Communities.
  • Webinars and podcasts.
  • Online career center where you can manage your resume and search hundreds of jobs posted monthly by SWE’s sponsors.
  • Outreach programs that encourage girls to pursue careers in engineering through SWE’s alliances with Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, and US FIRST (Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.


Leadership Skills

Members are encouraged and supported in the development of skills necessary to be effective leaders in a global marketplace.

  • Develop leadership experience in a non-threatening environment through leadership roles at the sectional, regional, and national levels.
  • Publish articles in the SWE Magazine.
  • Present technical papers at national and regional conferences.
  • Lead seminars and workshops at national and regional conferences.

For more information, contact Ramona at ranand@lorainccc.edu. or call 440-366-4930. Students will get all the benefits of membership and much more without having to pay a membership fee.


Past Events 

Workforce Diversity, STEM, and Evidence of Success: Project Outcomes and an Anecdotal Report

Thursday, July 26, 2018 

GradSWE Webinar

Held on Monday, July 16, 2018

View the presentation “Organizing a Career Exploration Program”


Career Exploration Event

Held on Thursday, March 30, 2018

View WKYC Chanel 3 coverage
View a video from the event
See pictures from the event


WE17 Conference

October 25-28
Austin, TX
Conference website

Presentation 1: Journey from summer camp to four year college
Presenters: Arshiya Anand, Ramona Anand

Join us for insightful session with Ramona Anand, faculty advisor, will share her experience in developing the Collegiate Interest Group at a Community College, the first of its kind. Also, hear about a minority student’s journey from a STEM summer camp to earning 2 Associates degrees, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering at the mere age of twenty. Learn about several outreach events and techniques to increase recruitment, retention, and visibility of women and minority in STEM. The session will impart some lessons learnt, and communicate best outreach practices, and ways to grow SWE in campus and out in the community.

Presentation 2: SWE CIG collaborates with the US ARMY
Presenters: Ramona Anand, CPT. Megan Feltz

Join us for an insightful session with Ramona Anand, Faculty advisor, in a shared collaboration with the U.S. Army’s CPT. Megan Feltz, in opening avenues for the students and helping improve the overall socio-economic development of the county. The session will discuss formal collaboration and memorandum of understanding between SWE Collegiate Interest Group and the U.S Army. This partnership provides opportunities for students to explore their career options and majors, while measuring strength and potential for success. Learn about efforts to extend a helping hand to students and community, while discovering the impact of STEM on everyone, regardless of profession.


STEM Showcase to Discover your Super Hero


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pictures from the event


Special features included:

  • STEM Inspiration – Lightning talk from Jessica Rannow, SWE President FY 16-17
  • Female engineering students and officers
  • Female Engagement Team from the US ARMY will share their experience.
  • STEM truck
  • The welding simulator
  • and more!

If you were unable to attend the event but would like to view the event online. Use this weblink to watch.


Press for STEM Showcase:

The Lorain Beacon Morning Journal

All Together



Career Exploration Program

The Society of Women Engineers in collaboration with The U.S. Army conducted an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery-Career Exploration Program (ASVAB-CEP) exam to help students find their major.