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India: 762 Members

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Canada: 236 Members

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United Kingdom: 110 Members

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China: 113 Members

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Germany: 79 Members

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Mexico: 123 Members

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Brazil: 124 Members

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Malaysia: 132 Members

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Puerto Rico: 43 Members

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Nigeria: 38 Members

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Singapore: 64 Members

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Costa Rica: 56 Members

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Turkey: 12 Members

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Spain: 24 Members

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Czech Republic: 14 Members

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Austria: 8 Members

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Liberia: 9 Members

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Poland: 34 Members

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Belgium: 8 Members

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Switzerland: 23 Members

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United Arab Emirates: 8 Members

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Indonesia: 10 Members

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Republic of Korea: 38 Members

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Egypt: 2 Members

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Qatar: 2 Members

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Kenya: 3 Members

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Papua New Guinea: 5 Members

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Peru: 1 Member

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Ireland: 59 Members

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France: 18 Members

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Australia: 17 Members

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Saudi Arabia: 5 Members

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Zambia: 3 Members

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Read about SWE activities happening around the world and connect with local SWE groups through their social media links below. Learn more about SWE’s Global Programs here and contact our team at international@swe.org with any questions.


There are 9 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016. SWE members in Brazil focus on outreach and professional development activities, including introducing a girl to engineering day, workshops, seminars, lego assembly, technical tours, and more.

We have outreach and development activities such as introducing a girl to engineering day, workshops (power BI, career, “I graduated now what?”), seminars, lego assembly, technical tours, etc. We also have a team working on communications and another on attracting more members to SWE.

Veridiana Victoria Rossetti was the first woman in Brazil to graduate in Agronomic Engineering and to practice the profession. She developed her entire career at Instituto Biológico, from 1940 to 1987. Among her main achievements was the study of citrus leprosis and citrus canker as well as the identification of a new disease in 1987, which she named Variegated Chlorosis of Citrus (CVC). Thanks to her work and that of her team, Brazil has become a world leader in technologies to combat citrus diseases, which has made plantations increasingly efficient and productive, and helped Brazil become the world’s largest orange producer.

Brazilian cuisine reflects the country’s vast cultural and geographic diversity. Considered the national dish, Feijoada is perhaps the most well-known of its cuisines. This rich stew has a base of beans with salted pork and is served with rice, manioc flour, and collard greens.
Most people know about the famous Carnival celebration in Brazil, but have you heard of Boi Bumbá? This is one of the main Brazilian folklore festivals, held in June on the island of Parintins. The celebrations usually last for three nights, without much of a break in between. When in full swing, tourists can embrace the cultural mojo, for which Brazil is so famous, with incredible colors, music, dance, and rhythms radiating from the celebrations.


There are 7 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors who have been representing the country since 2016.

The SWE Toronto Affiliate organizes two monthly events called SWE Speaks and SWE Coffee Club, a one day event at National Engineering month and other social events throughout the year, where womxn engineers from across GTA participate. SWE Toronto has created a community where women engineers can gather, feel supported, and belong. 

Since the pandemic, affiliates in Canada such as Toronto and Ottawa have transitioned their events to a virtual format and gained event higher engagement than in the past. 

In Vancouver on the west coast of Canada, Global Ambassador Tugce organizes SWE events around the city, inviting women from STEM fields to meet and connect with one another. The events are coordinated around special dates such as Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day, and Women’s History Month. Tugce includes drawings and prizes at the meet-ups to encourage attendance and promotes the activities on social media.

March 1 is recognized as Professional Engineers Day in Ontario, and March is celebrated across Canada as National Engineering Month.

Canadian Women Engineers You Should Know

Roberta Bondar: Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first female astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space when she flew on the space shuttle Discovery in January 1992. During the mission, she worked as a prime payload specialist and conducted experiments that would help future astronauts to remain longer in space.

Elsie MacGill: Known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, MacGill was the first Canadian woman to earn a degree in electrical engineering and then the first woman in North America to earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, and finally the world’s first female aircraft designer. MacGill completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto in electrical engineering in 1927 and graduated with an aeronautical masters degree two years later. She worked as a chief engineer for the Canadian Car and Foundry Company during the Second World War, responsible for the production of the Hawker Hurricane in Canada and developing aircraft for cold weather flying.

Poutine became famous in Canada in the late 1950s in the Centre-du-Québec area. It is the most famous Québécois dish and it has long been associated with the Canadian cuisine.

The nanaimo bar is a featured dessert originated from Canada. It is a bar dessert and does not need to be baked. The name of the dessert comes from the city of Nanaimo located in British Columbia province of Canada.


There are 4 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2017.

SWE members in China organized a celebration event on 23 June, International Women in Engineering Day, titled “Brave yourself”. The hybrid virtual/in-person activity took place across 6 different cities, including some that participated in a SWE event for the first time such as Chongqing, Xi’an, Hefei etc. The celebration attracted almost 400 engineers and included sharing stories about personal bravery and encouraging female engineers to overcome development boundaries.

SWE Global Ambassadors in China led an introduction to SWE in their community to partnering organization, Honeywell, and supported diversity and inclusion related activities for SWE CPC companies.

The next affiliate activity will be virtual at the end of this year and include a variety of speakers and perspectives, including a middle school student, university student, new hire and senior engineers.

China awards a growing number of engineering degrees each year, with more women choosing STEM majors or related professions. One well-known Chinese scientist you should know is Ning Yan. Yan is a structural biologist whose laboratory studies the structural and chemical basis for membrane transport and lipid metabolism.
Her personal story has been a source of inspiration, encouraging many girls to pursue personal achievement without gender restriction.

  • China has a traditional lunar calendar that is still used to accurately guide agriculture even though it was developed more than 4700 years ago.
  • The most famous and important festival in China is the Spring Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year. Around the country, people return home to celebrate the day with food, special clothing and music, though the celebrations look different from one region to the next given that there are 56 different ethnic groups within China.
  • In contrast with other countries, most Chinese in the south eat rice with their meals while those in the north have diets based on wheat. Chopsticks are the dominant utensil.
Costa Rica

There are 2 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors who have been representing the country since 2016.

The SWE San Jose Global Affiliate conducts professional development, social, outreach and company events throughout the year. The affiliate is committed to developing the leadership skills of its members. Information sessions and workshops are organized with different companies and universities, so that members acquire skills related to career development, leadership and innovation. Furthermore, we organize company tours for women students in universities to learn more about and make connections with local companies.

There is also time to have fun and meet new people. During the end of the year, SWE San Jose organizes social events so our members can interact with each other and don’t miss the opportunity to build new friendships and share some laughs about our personal experiences. We believe in networking through authentic friendship and sorority is key to continue advancing our careers.

Additionally, the affiliate focuses several activities on outreach. The main goal is to increase the student interest in the engineering field, especially in girls and young women. We work hands-on with students from middle and high school through a series of fun and creative activities that promote our beloved engineering fields.

Costa Rican Women Engineers You Should Know
Sandra Cauffman – Earth Science Deputy Division Director – NASA

Cauffman has degrees in electrical engineering and physics. She is known for her work at NASA and her profile has been highlighted by UN Women as being a positive example for women, especially, youth and children. Cauffman worked for 25 years at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on missions such as the mission to Mars MAVEN, and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GOES-R. Cauffman is the first Costa Rican woman to lead a Mars-related mission.

Costa Rica takes up only 0.03% of the world’s land, but despite the relatively small area, it is home to more than 5% of the total biodiversity in the world. More than 25% of Costa Rica’s land is dedicated to national parks, reserves, and wildlife refuges.

There is no standing army in Costa Rica: Costa Rica has proudly boasted the absence of a military since 1948, after it was abolished in the wake of victory in that year’s civil war.

Native Costa Ricans call themselves ticos and ticas.
Great Costa Rican foods include: gallo pinto (“painted rooster”), which is rice mixed with black beans and often eggs.


There are 28 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

Global Affiliates in India organize many events each year, primarily focused on outreach and professional development. Since June 2020, affiliates have contributed to 94 live webinars that have reached more than 6,900 people. Workshops have covered topics ranging from machine learning and AI to inclusion and women’s empowerment. Collegiate affiliates offer sessions on mentorship, resume writing, career development, the gender pay gap, and more.

Other SWE activities and opportunities in India include:

  • SWE Coffee Circles – monthly online casual meet ups
  • India Corporate Council – Council members consist of senior leaders & executives to create intervention strategies for women in the Indian STEM community 
  • STEM Outreach – DIY experiments and role model sessions with school children hosted by professional and college affiliates
  • Virtual Industrial Visits – One-day event for online interaction between industry experts & leaders and college students in STEM 
  • WE Local India Conference – Annual flagship event with educational sessions, keynote addresses, career fair, poster competition, mentoring and more.
  • Social Media Contests and Campaigns – Like and follow SWE India on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram

Indian Women Engineers You Should Know

Mangala Mani is an India space technology researcher who was the lone woman on a 23-person team during a 403-day expedition in Antarctica. Though she had never been to a place with snow prior to arriving in Antarctica, Mani successfully completed her mission in the most isolated place on earth with 22 others who were strangers to her until the expedition.

A.Lalitha became the first woman engineer in India in 1943. Married at age 15 and widowed with a 4-month old daughter before age 19, Lalitha wanted to go to college and get a professional degree that would allow her to be self-sufficient. With the support of her family, she graduated, with honors, with an electrical engineering degree. She enjoyed a long career and, in fact, attended the first International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists hosted by SWE in June 1964.

One of the most celebrated holidays in India is Diwali. Known as the Festival of Lights, the event symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance“. 

Each region in India represents their own unique signature cuisine, clothing, music, dance, architecture, traditions and much more. There are 22 official languages in India.


There are 6 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2016.

Affiliates and Ambassadors in Nigeria focus largely on outreach programs to encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM fields. Some of the regular activities they conduct include Introduce a Girl to Engineering, Code with Girls, and First Lego League Robotics Competition. 

Leaders in Nigeria also work to provide professional development opportunities to support women working in engineering. They have done hangouts and monthly get-togethers, while more recently taking their workshops online to build capacity even during the pandemic.

Nigerian Women Engineers You Should Know
Ofodile Anulika: She is the only female on the team of Nigerian air force engineers who designed the Tsaigumi Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The vehicle is used for intelligence surveillance in land and sea domains. It is the first of its kind designed and created indigenously in Nigeria.  

Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke: A Civil Engineer and the former Head of the Nigerian Civil Service, she was the first female to have ever served in that capacity and one of the Civil Engineers who has contributed enormously to development in Nigeria. 

Professor Deborah Enilo Ajakaiye: Africa’s first woman to be appointed as Professor of Physics in 1980. She was also the first black African to be named a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Joana Maduka: A Nigerian engineer who, in 1993, became the founder of Friends of the Environment, an innovation which seeks to improve renewable energy, manage wastes and also empower women. In 2016 she became the ninth president, and the first female president, of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. She is the first president of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).

There are more than 250 ethnic tribes in Nigeria but the three largest are the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo. The Niger and Benue Rivers come together in the center of the country, creating a “Y” that splits Nigeria into three separate sections. In general, this “Y” marks the boundaries of these three groups, with the Hausa in the north, the Yoruba in the southwest, and the Igbo in the southeast.

Nigeria has the largest population of any African country. In 2000, Nigeria’s population was estimated at more than 123 million people, also making it the most densely populated country in Africa. Until the past few decades, Nigeria had been self-sufficient in producing enough food to feed the population. However, as petroleum production and industry began to boom in Nigeria, much of the national resources were concentrated on the new industries at the expense of agriculture.

If you visit Nigeria, you’ll have a chance to taste a wide variety of traditional dishes. Nigerian cuisine is heavily influenced by the use of herbs and spices to create flavorful soups, stews, bean and rice dishes. Eating is a very aromatic experience!

Saudi Arabia

The SWE Dhahran Affiliate launched in early 2021 to serve and support young Saudi females interested in entering engineering and female engineers actively working in the industry. SWE Dhahran aims to support the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030’s goal to increase female participation in the labor force, with a focus on the engineering sectors. 

SWE-Dhahran has hosted virtual events across three main areas: Community Outreach, Collegiate Outreach and Young Professionals. The first Community Outreach event held in June was the “Tomooh” program (Arabic for “Ambitions”) in collaboration with The Saudi Ministry of Education and The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco). In “Tomooh”, 862 students participated over 3 days, with 2 sessions per day for female and male students. The sessions aimed to introduce the students to SWE and engineering, and shed light on the challenges that women face in STEM.


One of the major initiatives focusing on young professionals is the Women in Leadership Webinar Series, which hosts women leaders from across all industries to share their experiences and stories to inspire young women to reach their full potential. The series has included Doris Partel, the CEO and founder of her own IT company, as well as Mae Al Mozaini, the CEO and founder of the Arab Institute for Women Empowerment.



For collegiate outreach, SWE-Dhahran has hosted virtual events to introduce students to the affiliate, connect them with resources, and have fun at the beginning of the new school year. One event featured guest speaker Mayadah Alhashem, a public speaker, engineer, and football player. Mayadah capitalized on her experience to connect with the students and highlight the importance of having effective work-life balance.

Dr. Hayat Sindi: Co-founded the “Diagnostics for All” organization at Harvard University to develop a technological innovation that could change the lives of people across the world.  She played a large part in the invention of a tiny, cost-efficient piece of paper that can diagnose liver diseases when in contact with a drop of blood or saliva. These carefully crafted slips change colors depending on the diagnosis. Her invention could allow for the development of accessible and cheap ways to test HIV and AIDS. Instead of having to go to clinics to run tests, anyone can conduct the test on their own from the comfort of their home. Today, Sindi continues to encourage scientific entrepreneurship in hopes that more young people in the Kingdom and around the world will be inspired enough to make a change.

Saudi Arabia is located in the Arabian Peninsula – the world’s largest peninsula – and the country is roughly the size of Western Europe.

The kingdom is full of young people; the population of the country is overwhelmingly young.  Only 5% of the population is over 60 compared to 47% that is under 24 – which is great for the country’s modernization plans.

Saudi Arabia is a veritable gem, blessed with natural spaces, stunning coasts, huge deserts, surrounding seas and high mountains. Whether it’s the greenery found in Asir’s Al Bardani Valley, the majestic mountains of Tabuk, the fascinating dunes of the Empty Quarter in the southeastern region or the turquoise waters of the Red Sea, the Kingdom undoubtedly has a lot to offer.


There are 4 SWE Global Affiliates in Singapore and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2019. The professional affiliate, SWE Singapore (SWE@SG) was formally launched on International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23rd June 2021.  To make the launch even more spectacular, the affiliate was joined by several local university affiliates.

The SWE Singapore Affiliate focuses on building a supportive community for women engineers in Singapore. We achieve this by bringing together professional and future women engineers in Singapore on the same platform to share innovations, increase access, and bring progress for all. Corporate-academia partnerships are at the core of our activities. 

Efforts are focused on the following flagship programs: 

  • “Breaking Boundaries – Women in STEM” is a 4-part series where we hear from distinguished speakers about their personal journeys in technical careers. It provides the opportunity to gain insights from others’ experiences, networking, and a forum to promote open communication. 
  • “Professional Development” is where members leverage resources from SWE’s Professional Development Series; we curate and bring the topics to the table for discussion.  
  • “Career Development Series with Internship” is where we influence and encourage women students to choose and stay in engineering by providing internship opportunities with high-tech companies in Singapore. 
  • Research on “Gender Parity in STEM Leadership in Singapore” is an effort to bring in local context to the currently available literature. We aim to understand the current challenges in Singapore through surveys, holding focus group discussions with industry partners, and collating data to provide guidelines through shared best practices in the Singapore context. 

As part of the Singapore community, SWE@SG will participate in the National Engineers Day celebration organized by the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and their Women in Science, Engineering, and Research (WiSER) to be held in November 2021. 

SWE@NTU (Nanyang Technological University) | https://ntu-sg.swe.org 

SWE@NTU is hosted at the NTU College of Engineering showing its commitment in advancing engineering as the career of choice for women. Formed on World Engineering Day, March 4th, 2021, we aim to provide a support system to aspiring women engineers to achieve their career goals. To facilitate networking, we organize coffee chat sessions and will extend this to small group lunch conversations. The affiliate plans to offer up-ladder talks, career development talks, research showcases for NTU women, and more. The events are casual to allow candid interactions between the speakers and the students in sharing their experiences and relevant advices to our young engineers. SWE@NTU works closely with POWERS (Promotion of Women in Engineering, Research, and Science) and Women@NTU. By bringing together the community in the networking, professional development and soft skill building sessions, we cultivate a sense of belonging as women engineers in NTU. 

SWE@SIT (Singapore Institute of Technology)

A group of 25 SIT students participated in a focus group discussion in June 2021 on the roles, values, and challenges relating to women’s development in Singapore. The discussion is part of the ongoing Review and Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development that will culminate in a White Paper, which will be tabled in Parliament. Students of both genders shared their perspectives and brainstormed suggestions to bring about mindset change on women’s roles and promote inclusivity. The discussion centered on three domains: i) school and work, ii) community, and iii) home.  Some points of discussion were how the role of women has grown and developed vastly – which includes caring for the family, providing a source of income for the household, and contributing to the workforce and society. Progressively, women have become more educated and may direct their priority on career progression.

However, there is still the perception that women are more nurturing and suited for only certain industries. They may also be passed off for employment or promotion opportunities in male-dominated industries or having to balance/choose between work and family. As a nation that promotes gender equality and strives to reduce gender discrimination/stereotype/bias, SIT is open to conversations to help with mindset change and normalize genders taking on different roles from ‘traditional’ ones. SIT will also be increasing awareness and education on boundaries, respect, and consent.

SWE@SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design)

As part of our launch in July 2021, the SUTD Affiliate had a close-knit virtual meeting with faculty and students. We are planning activities including a buddy program to pair graduate and undergrad students and hosting a speed networking event among faculty and students. We will collaborate with IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) to prepare an all-girls’ team for IEEEXtreme’s global hackathon.

SWE@NUS (National University of Singapore)

The NUS Faculty of Engineering are very supportive of encouraging more females in engineering, from all three aspects of undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff. The Faculty recently held an inaugural event showcasing four outstanding women alumni who shared their personal journeys as engineers to where they are today. The SWE-NUS affiliate is currently in the process of being setup.

LEE Pooi See is a Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Pooi See is a leading expert in the field of soft and stretchable electronics, nanomaterials for energy, human-machine interface and functional materials for soft robotics. She is the recipient of the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award 2002, TechConnect Innovation Award 2015, National Research Foundation Investigatorship Award 2016, Nanyang Research Award 2016, and the Nanyang Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award 2018. She has been elected the Fellow, National Academy of Inventors 2020, the highest professional distinction awarded solely to academic inventors. She has more than 300 publications and is recognized as a highly cited scientist. She is the senior editor of ACS Energy Letters and advisory board member in selected leading journals. Read more about her.

Jessie Soh is the managing director of JOHO Engineering & Services Pte Ltd. Back in the 80s, being a woman in engineering was a rare phenomenon, in fact, she was one of the three females in a class of 40 while undertaking a technician certificate in Electrical Engineering at Aljunied Technical Institute. Her first job was as an engineering contractor – a job that was traditionally, and still is to this day, held by men. It was a physically demanding job requiring long survey hours. Despite this, Soh continued on and pursued her interest in the field of engineering, and eventually set up her own engineering business, Joho Engineering when she was just in her 20s. Soh has shown incredible resilience and discipline, and continues to inspire many women in engineering. Read more about her.

Many know Singapore, the City in a Garden, as a melting pot of ethnic cultures and diverse religious traditions.  Singapore’s local English dialect, Singlish, has a unique vocabulary and grammar that reflects structures from Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Tamil and other languages found across South, East and Southeast Asia.  Home to 10 major religions, this island nurtures diversity like no other.  Hence, Singaporeans learn about diverse customs and traditions early on, and celebrate holidays from the cultures that make up the fabric of Singapore society, such as Deepavali, Hari Raya, Christmas, and Chinese New Year.

Among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometers, Singapore has pioneered several firsts! The world’s first nocturnal wildlife park, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the first night-time event in Formula One history – to name a few. Food culture in Singapore is a must-experience if your travel brings you to this part of the world! Singapore is home to the world’s first Michelin-starred street food stall! Albeit it is not food, the sight of the world’s first ‘floating’ Apple Store in the Marina Bay is not to be missed!  We are just so excited to share the Singapore experience with you, so don’t wait too long to visit because the list will just keep getting longer. Our SWE@SG with its four university affiliates will be looking forward to host you!


There are 3 SWE Global Affiliates and Global Ambassadors have been representing the country since 2015. Koç University SWE (KUSWE) is the first Global University Affiliate outside the USA and a second university affiliate in Kayseri, Turkey, Abdullah Gül University, was founded in 2017. SWE Istanbul is the professional affiliate in Turkey.

Global Ambassadors in Turkey meet occasionally to connect with one another and promote SWE culture around Turkey. While some ambassadors are professionals, others are collegiate SWE members. They also participate in and represent SWE during affiliate events. Ambassadors may also take on leadership roles within the affiliates to ensure that affiliate activities reflect the SWE vision and culture. KUSWE promotes SWE around Istanbul, the center of Turkish industry, through networking events for global companies and students, science fairs for high school students, a Girls Who Code programme for young women, and inspiring talks with SWE alumnae around the world. AGU SWE focuses on raising awareness of gender bias in the engineering and technology fields through their special seminars which are led by successful women in STEM.

The First Turkish Woman on the Skies  
Although she herself was not an engineer, Sabiha Gökçen, is a role model for many women engineers in Turkey. As the first female fighter pilot in the world and first Turkish female pilot, she led many women to actively contribute to the industry and participate in business. In 2009, the second airport in Istanbul was built and named in her honor. For those of you who will visit Turkey some day, I hope your flight will come through Sabiha Gökçen Airport. 

The Turkish Woman in NASA
Another successful Turkish woman you should know is Feryal Özel, an astrophysicist who contributed to the first image of black hole. She was born in Istanbul and after her education at Uskudar American Academy, she studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at University of Columbia. After receiving her masters degree at Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, she completed her PhD degree on Astrophysics  at Harvard University. Now, she is the Science and Technology Definition Team Community Co-Chair for the Lynx X-ray Observatory NASA Large Mission Concept Study.

SWE Related Facts:

  • FY11 SWE President Sidika Demir is a Turkish SWE member who moved to the USA for her education. Her sister Semahat Demir, also member of SWE for more than 10 years, was one of the big supporters of Koc University SWE. These two sisters inspired the SWEsters network in Turkey. 
  • Benay Uzer, who founded Koc University SWE while she was an undergraduate student, also led her students at AGU to establish a SWE Affiliate after she received her PhD degree. We value giving back! 

Cultural Facts:

  • When we greet each other, we kiss three times. What a warm culture!
  • The Turkish language is gender free. For example, we use the same word for both she and he. 
  • We frequently visit our relatives during religious holidays. Relatives are very important to us, even those we don’t know well! Like other Asian cultures, we have a deep respect for our elders, so during the holidays the first visit is always to the eldest family member. 
  • We have a national holiday which was gifted by Atatürk for children called National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on 23th of April. Similarly we have National Youth and Sports Day which is also gifted by Atatürk on 19th of May.