The University of Texas at Austin

Women in Engineering Program

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Phone: 512-471-5650
Fax: 512-232-1885

Office Location: ECJ 2.108

Mailing Address:
Women in Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C2100, ECJ 2.108
Austin, TX 78712

Shipping Address (FedEx/UPS):
The University of Texas at Austin
Cockrell School of Engineering, WEP
301 E. Dean Keeton St. (ECJ 2.108)
Austin, TX 78712

About WEP

The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) helps women in the Cockrell School get connected, develop as engineering leaders, and graduate with skills for life.

Established in 1991, WEP strives to:

  • recruit and retain female engineering students,
  • increase the percentage of female engineering graduates, and
  • provide a supportive structure that encourages the success of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

The concept of WEP was originally proposed by women on the engineering faculty and enthusiastically received and supported by the Dean. WEP now is a college-wide effort with a full-time director, a recruitment program coordinator, a retention program coordinator, an administrative associate and faculty advisors, in addition to student staff and volunteers. Each year, WEP initiatives reach more than 1,500 currently enrolled students and some 1,000 future students.

Women account for approximately 22 percent of the current Cockrell School student body. WEP programs focus on pre-college outreach and recruitment, academic enrichment and retention, community building, leadership enhancement and career development.


The mission of the Women in Engineering Program is to increase the overall percentage of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. WEP strives to:

  • educate girls and women about engineering,
  • inspire women to pursue the unlimited opportunities within the world of engineering, and
  • empower women engineers to benefit society.


For the enrollment of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to match the population in the state of Texas—50 percent women.

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Statistics on Women in Engineering

Enrollment at the Cockrell School averages 24 percent women at the undergraduate level and 21 percent women at the graduate level. An average of 22 percent of the undergraduate engineering degrees awarded are earned by women. Additional statistics are available on enrollment by classification and major.

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WEP has a four-person full-time staff, one half-time graduate assistant; faculty, alumni and industry advisors; and an extensive staff of student workers and volunteers.

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What's the Difference Between WEP & SWE?

Both WEP and SWE are here to provide opportunities and support for engineering women.

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