About Us

Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) is a national not-for-profit organization with over 700 members from engineering schools, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and non-profit organizations. WEPAN works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women. With a clear focus on research-based issues and solutions, WEPAN helps its members develop a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce for tomorrow.

WEPAN’s network of members on 150 college and university campuses reaches 42,890 female engineering students or 60% of the female engineering students through campus-based programs and initiatives (WEPAN membership data and American Society of Engineering Educators [ASEE] Data Management System data).  WEPAN’s Institutional Members have an average 15% higher enrollment of women in engineering, than non-member campuses.

WEPAN began in 1990 as a collaboration of leaders at several major universities who were focused on supporting women in engineering fields of study. Since that time, membership has grown to include a variety of institutions of higher learning, including large research institutions, smaller technical or liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. Members also represent corporations, government agencies and other not-for-profit organizations who are focused on the full participation of women in engineering. Read a short history of WEPAN's First Ten Years.

WEPAN is led by a Board of Directors from academia and industry. WEPAN’s nine committees carry out the mission of the organization. Read more about WEPAN in press releases.