Events List

Upcoming events

    • 23 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 4289 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

    The National Captial Section (NCS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has kindly extended an invitation to the members of SWE-BWS to attend:

    Dinner & Speaker event with

    Dr. Steven Peretti

    of the National Science Foundation.  

    Tuesday, 23 April 2019

    6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

    4298 Campus Drive

    Glenn L. Martin Hall - DeWalt Conference Suite, Rm. 2164/2162

    College Park, MD 20742


    Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16th.  Space is limited to 35 participants.

    Meeting Description:

    The National Capital Section (NCS) is proud to host Dr. Steven Peretti, Program Director of the Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) program at the National Science Foundation, as featured speaker for the NCS member meeting on Tuesday, Apr 23rd at the University of Maryland – College Park campus!  Dr. Peretti will be providing a perspective on developments and an overview of the projects from the CBE program. His biography and presentation abstract can be found below.


    A chicken or vegetarian dinner entrée for this meeting will be catered by Sardi’s Catering.  A $15/attendee fee plus $1.78 processing fee and indication of meal preference is required upon event registration.



    Event agenda:

    6:00pm – Greetings/Serving Dinner

    6:30pm – Introductions/Presentation

    7:30pm – Networking

    8:30pm – Close


    Industrializing Biotechnology: Integrating Cellular and Biochemical Engineering



    Synthetic biology holds the potential to radically change how we address global challenges related to energy use, climate change, and environmental sustainability. The industrialization of biotechnology can transform chemical manufacturing. Integrating synthetic biology tools with traditional chemical engineering disciplines like process control, reaction engineering and process design, will enable us to gain the full benefit of the promise of synthetic biology. The Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports such research. A perspective on the development of this field, and an overview of the types of projects supported by the CBE program will be presented, and trends identified and discussed.  He will also briefly outline other areas of biotechnology supported by various programs across NSF. As examples of research in this field, he will discuss  “individual” research projects, as well as group and center research activities. Many of these projects are multidisciplinary in terms of engineering and scientific fields. Some of the potential applications of the research will be presented.


    Speaker Biography:

    Dr. Steven Peretti began his appointment as the Program Director of the Cellular and Biochemical Engineering program at NSF on Feb. 21, 2017. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Peretti had spent 30 years as a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research interests include biocatalysis, biomass conversion, protein engineering, and synthetic biology. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and a PhD from Cal Tech.



    Many campus lots are unrestricted (free) after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.  A campus parking map can be found at:

    Learn more about AIChE's National Capital Section here:

    We hope you can make it!

    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Johns Hopkins University


    Tues, April 30 - Engineering Design & Development Symposium: 

    Wed, May 1 - Innovation Showcase:

    • 01 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel, MD 20723

    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
    Parker Solar probe

    SWE-BWS and JHU-APL invite you to join us
    for an evening discussion about the Parker Solar probe.

    May 1, 2019

    5:00- 8:00PM


    11100 Johns Hopkins Rd

    Laurel, MD 20723 


    6:00-6:30 p.m.: Dinner

    6:30-7:30 p.m.: Speaker

    7:30-8:00 p.m.: Q&A

    Our speakers for the evening are: 


    Dinner is included:

    Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken,Mac n Cheese, coleslaw and cucumber salad. Beverages and a selection of deserts will also be available.


    $10 for professional attendees

    $5 for students

    For questions, please reach out to

    Hope to see you there!

    • 11 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 4806 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

    This registration is for Society of Women Engineer Volunteers Only, students please register here:  

    BWS SWE will introduce girls to engineering and science by offering engaging hands-on projects and career exploration activities for girls through the Girls Go Techbridge program, Engineers To The Rescue. The projects highlight the Engineering Design Process and invite girls to brainstorm, design, build, test, and re-design. This experience gives girls a flexible, practical approach to problem solving that they can apply to a wide range of subjects. The student will also interact with STEM role model volunteers and explore careers to become inspired.

    Volunteers are needed from 9:00am-3:30pm.

    The event begins promptly at 10:00am and ends at 3:00pm.

    Questions? Contact Natalie at

    • 18 May 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • tbd

    Member Appreciation Brunch 

    Join SWE-BWS for a celebration of our volunteers and a recap of our accomplishments this year. If you volunteered or attended any events this year or if you just want to meet some amazing new friends, join us for a fun Saturday afternoon brunch in Washington DC!


    Saturday, May 18, 2018

    11:30AM – 1:30PM




    Email with any questions.

    • 31 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 6200 Johnnycake Road. Woodlawn, MD 21207
    • 22
    7th Annual STEAM Fair

    Please join us for the Girls' STEAM Awareness Career Fair on 5/31/19 at Southwest Academy Middle School in Baltimore County. This event has 250 middle school girls and the school is a STEM magnet school.  SWE will have a simple hands-on activity and career handouts and volunteers will engage girls in their own job and career and general info on engineering careers.

    Date/Time: 5/31/19, 8 to 11 am


    Southwest Academy Middle School in Baltimore County

    6200 Johnnycake Road

    near exit 15 of the Baltimore Beltway's west side.

    Contact Kate McGuire at for more information.

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