Happy Birthday PSWE!

Pi Omicron in 1952

“Never ask a woman her age!”

How rude! Ok, ok, ok, you didn’t ask… But I’ll tell you anyway… PSWE is turning 59!

On November 1st, PSWE will be celebrating the 59th anniversary of becoming an official collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers. PSWE originated as Pi Omicron, a club for women in engineering and sciences. Pi Omicron was established in 1946 and continued until the chartering of the Purdue Section of SWE in 1954. In the course of its existence, PSWE has become one of the largest student sections in the country, the longest continuously running section, and won numerous awards, both nationally and regionally. Every year the board has changed, events have come and gone, and of course there have been some GREAT hairstyles and outfits.

There is much more SWEstory (history, for those of you not up with the lingo) to dig up, 59 years of it to be exact. Here are some of the ladies who helped get PSWE where we are today.

Pi Omicron in 1952
Pi Omicron in 1952
Pi Omicron in 1953
Pi Omicron in 1953
PSWE in 1956
PSWE in 1956
PSWE in 1957
PSWE in 1957
PSWE in 1959
PSWE in 1959

by Taylor Grimm, PSWE Historian Chair

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday PSWE!”

  1. What if to celebrate the 60th birthday … we all dressed like founding members! We could have a sock hop themed dance/event 😛

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