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Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO)

The Penn State Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) is an award-winning, four-day orientation designed to align first-year students with mentors and academic and career resources to empower a successful journey to becoming a Penn State world-class engineer!

A Closer Look

Join us Aug. 15-18 to meet 180 first-year engineering students, 50 amazing junior and senior women engineers, network in your new career, and learn engineering resources for success!

In previous years, WEPO was formatted as an in-person event at University Park. This year, to ensure the health and safety of you, your family, and our community, the event will be a four-day virtual program hosted via Zoom.

WEPO participants will:

  • Make new friends before fall classes begin
  • Partner with an upper-class mentor for their entire first year
  • Network with Penn State alumni and industry partners
  • Build expertise with Penn State online course management systems and engineering software
  • Identify and develop academic resources
  • Participate in an engineering team design project and competition
  • Learn their way around University Park campus
  • Earn 0.5 academic credits before their first semester begins


Registration fee: $150 (Early bird pricing is $120 if registered by May 21)
Fee waivers are available for those with demonstrated financial need.

Registration deadline: Saturday, June 5
Registration will close if capacity is reached before the deadline.

  • 2021 Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO) will be virtual!
  • Dates: Noon on Aug. 15 through 4:00 p.m. on Aug. 18

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The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287