Building a Community of Women in Engineering

When Tatyana Crespo was considering on-campus living options as a first-year Rutgers student, she jumped at the chance to be part of the Douglass Residential College when she learned that the college was establishing a School of Engineering living-learning community on the Busch Campus, mere steps from her classes and labs.

“I got really excited, and that was the only thing I looked into during the summer,” said Crespo, who is from Millstone Township.

Now in its second year, the Douglass Women in Engineering Living-Learning Community, as with other Rutgers living-learning communities (LLCs) in the liberal arts, sciences and several professional schools, provides a close-knit living environment with academic mentoring and group activities for students in a common field of study. The Women in Engineering LLC fortifies an engineering experience with a women’s college environment, highlighted by Douglass’s renowned women’s leadership and mentoring programs.

The Living-Learning Community is just one of many programs geared to women engineering students at Rutgers.  Rutgers continues to recruit and retain an ever increasing number of women to its engineering program, is a national leader in awarding doctoral degrees to women, and includes many women among its faculty.  The School of Engineering also includes a student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and invites alumnae to return to campus for mentoring and leadership advisory boards.

Some of the programs for women engineers include:

Rutgers University Women in Engineering Leadership League (RU WELL)

The RU WELL program provides leadership development opportunities for female Engineering students. The students in the program attend seminars on leadership, share best practices from their experiences and have an opportunity for e-mentoring. 

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

This student-run group, affiliated with Society of Women Engineers’ national organization, is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the Engineering program.  The group organizes events and activities both on campus and in the community and provides an opportunity for engagement and professional development.

Phi Sigma Rho 

Phi Sigma Rho is a student-run sorority that is affiliated with the national Phi Sigma Rho sorority and offers opportunities for community service and campus involvement.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Candiece White (cawhite@rci.rutgers.edu).