Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) at the University of Florida was established in 2006 by a group of graduate students. The objective was to create a community within the ECE department where women could seek friendship, support, and advice regarding their academic, professional, and personal lives. Through the years, the organization began to reach out and engage a younger audience, now offering opportunities to UF students of any year or major.
Today, the majority of WECE's members are undergraduates in a variety of majors, including ECE, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering. Our core goals remain the same, though we have expanded how we meet our objectives to provide a community and the resources needed to develop professionally, personally, and academically. This is accomplished through corporate events, dual mentorship program, and technical activities.
Another essential goal of WECE is to inspire younger generations of girls to pursue a career in engineering or science. Our outreach program has expanded rapidly in the past three years through a partnership with the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville. This partnership has allowed our members to teach classes about circuitry, magnetics, and robotics to local elementary, middle, and high school students.