About Society of Women Engineers
Board of Directors
Management and transactions of Society business are the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Voting members of the Board of Directors are the seven Officers (President, President-Elect, three Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary, elected by the Society’s voting members) and the ten Directors (one elected by and from the voting members of each Region). The Society’s Executive Director, who manages the Headquarters office and staff in New York, is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
Board of Trustees
Six Trustees are elected by and from the Society’s voting members and are charged with managing various trust funds of the Society.
Council of Section Representatives
The chief legislative and policy-determining body of the Society is the Council of Section Representatives (Council). Voting members of the Council include representatives from the Sections, the Members-at-Large, and the Student Regions. Members of the Board of Directors are non-voting members of the Council.
The Society has a number of standing and special committees to perform various functions in furtherance of SWE’s objectives. Committee chairs report administratively to a Society Officer.
The Society adopted a regional-based structure in the mid 1980s for the United States and Puerto Rico. There are 10 Regions, each with a Director on the Society’s Board of Directors. Regional structures vary, depending on the needs and desires of each Region. Regions generally hold one conference each year, focusing on continuing development topics. Within each Region there are Sections, Members-at-Large, and Student Sections. Areas outside the United States and Puerto Rico are not officially in a Region and do not elect a Director to the Society’s Board of
Directors. For administrative purposes, however, those areas are known as Region X. Region X members are represented on the Council through the Members-at-Large.
At present, the Society has 87 Sections (not chapters!) chartered by the Board of Directors. Sections are not permitted outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Sections vary tremendously in the number of members and geographic size, as well as activities and programs. Members in areas served by inactive Sections are assigned to the Members-at-Large until the Section is reinstated by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors has chartered Student Sections (not student chapters!) at about 300 colleges, universities, and engineering institutes. Student Sections are not permitted outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Student Sections vary tremendously in number of members, as well as activities and programs. Student Members at institutions without Student Sections are assigned to the Section covering that area. If there isn’t a Section in the area, they are Students-at-Large and are assigned to the Members-at-Large.
Any member not affiliated with a Section is a Member-at-Large.