A Commitment to Women in Engineering

The percentage of the SEAS undergraduate student body who are women is almost double the national average. 

Women as a percentage of undergraduate engineering student body. 40% at GW, 21% national average

That figure shows our commitment to welcoming women to the engineering fields.  We also welcome you to join us in our efforts to recruit and retain more women engineering students. Read on to learn more.

SEAS Center for Women in Engineering

The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering launched in April 2019 and is dedicated to providing all of the stakeholders in SEAS–students, faculty, staff and alumnae–with the information and skills to become the best engineers they can be.


Who we are

The Center comprises SEAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to empowering women to overcome the challenges they face in engineering.

Dr. Rachelle Heller, professor emeritus of computer science, directs the Center and is assisted in the day-to-day operations by Ms. Taly Walsh.  An internal and an external advisory board guide the Center’s programming.


What we do

The Center is working to develop programming and activities for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae, and to gather statistics and information about the climate for women in engineering in SEAS, and externally.


Career Toolkit Workshops

Along with the W. Scott Amey Career Services Center, and the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Center hosted a multi-part, interactive workshop series in Fall 2019 dedicated to demystifying the processes women engineers face as they search for internships or jobs after graduation. More workshops are planned for Spring 2020.



Sign up for the Center newsletter, and we’ll share with you the latest news on upcoming events and activities—and on the successes women engineers are having at SEAS.


A Meeting Place

The Center is located in Tompkins Hall, Room 101. We encourage you to stop by and meet us. 


Join Us

If you have an interest in promoting women in engineering, please join us. Many ways exist to get involved: volunteer, attend our events, donate, become a corporate sponsor, or simply sign up for our newsletter to stay current with Center news and activities.


Contact Us

Email us to ask a question or share your thoughts.