AUTOMATION FEDERATION NEWS RELEASE
The Automation Federation and SWE Sign Memorandum of Membership
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (15 December 2011) – The Automation Federation (AF) announced that the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) signed a memorandum of membership in October. SWE is the newest member of the Automation Federation.
The Automation Federation is an association of member organizations providing awareness, programs and services that continually advance all facets of the automation profession. Serving as the “Voice of Automation,” AF provides advocacy and industry-wide strategic analysis and coordination through its member organizations. The Automation Federation is committed to building “the Next Generation of Automation Professionals” through its various workforce development initiatives—including the promotion of K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the Automation Competency Model and the AutomationVets program.
The Society of Women Engineers is a nonprofit educational and service organization that encourages diversity and empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering. The goal of SWE is to establish engineering as a highly desirable career for women through training and development programs, scholarships and much more.
The Society of Women Engineers provides the Automation Federation and its members with a valuable advocacy resource for reaching out to a broader array of potential automation professionals—more specifically young women—around the world. Together, AF and SWE will work to spread the message to women and students about the many careers available to them in engineering, and more specifically in automation. In addition, AF and SWE will work to advance the diversity and inclusion of the automation profession through education improvement and the development and promotion of recommended or best practices.
“The Automation Federation welcomes the Society of Women Engineers, SWE, as our newest member organization! We look forward to working with SWE to inform young women—students and seasoned professionals—about the many careers available to them in automation,” said Automation Federation Managing Director, Mike Marlowe.
The Society of Women Engineers Executive Director and CEO, Betty Shanahan, stated, "By joining the Automation Federation, the Society of Women Engineers can support increasing the diversity of the automation profession through improving inclusion in the automation workplace and highlighting opportunities in the profession.”
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org or call +1 312-596-5223.
About the Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization under which member associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is working to become the “Voice of Automation.” For more information about the Automation Federation, visit www.automationfederation.org.