About WEP

The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) advances gender equity in engineering.

Established in 1991, WEP strives to:

  • recruit and retain female engineering students,
  • increase the percentage of female engineering graduates, and
  • provide a supportive structure that encourages the success of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering.

The concept of WEP was originally proposed by women on the engineering faculty and enthusiastically received and supported by the Dean. WEP now is a college-wide effort with a full-time director, a recruitment program coordinator, a retention program coordinator, an administrative associate and faculty advisors, in addition to student staff and volunteers. Each year, WEP initiatives reach more than 1,800 currently enrolled students and over 8,000 future students.

Women account for approximately 28 percent of the current Cockrell School student body (WEP Statistics). WEP programs focus on STEM education, pre-college outreach and recruitment, academic enrichment and retention, community building, leadership enhancement and career development (WEP Initiatives).


WEP connects students, educators and professionals to the world of engineering through recruitment initiatives, supportive structures and educational services to promote the success and advancement of women in engineering.


For the enrollment of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to match the population in the state of Texas—50 percent women.

Contact our staff

Phone: 512-471-5650
E-mail: wep@engr.utexas.edu

Office Location: EER 2.608

Mailing Address:
Women in Engineering Program
The University of Texas at Austin
2501 Speedway, EER 2.608 (A9500)
Austin, TX 78712

Shipping Address (FedEx/UPS):
The University of Texas at Austin
Cockrell School of Engineering, WEP
2501 Speedway, EER 2.608 
Austin, TX 78712



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