On April 18, 2015, the UCLA chapter of SWE hosted its inaugural Engineers for Professional Equality Conference. This event was designed to empower women to stay in engineering as well as to foster cooperation between male and female engineers. The first half of the event featured two panelists who shared their experiences as women in engineering and hosted workshops discussing implicit biases and how to transition from academia into industry. The second panel comprised of male and female engineers including a UCLA professor, a U.S. Navy chief engineman, a Phillips 66 engineer, and a Northrop Grumman software engineer discussed the interaction between male and female engineers in industry and how these interactions can be improved. Afterwards, three workshops were held discussing generational gaps in the workplace, conflict resolution strategies, and brainstorming techniques.
Engineers for Professional Equality Conference