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SWE Installs Long-Time Mentor and Member, Cindy Hoover, as FY20 President

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SWE Installs Long-Time Mentor and Member, Cindy Hoover, as FY20 President


CHICAGO – Vice President and Chief Engineer for Operations at Spirit AeroSystems, Cindy Hoover, will officially accept the title of president of the largest non-profit advocate for women in engineering, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Hoover will be inaugurated with the FY20 Board of Directors and Board of Trustees at a reception on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the B-29 Doc Hangar in Wichita, Kansas.

Hoover will be entering her presidency with an objective to encourage other women engineers to consider continuous learning as the path toward leadership; always striving to be actively learning throughout one’s entire career path and taking advantage of all resources at their disposal.

After graduating from Wichita State University with a degree in electrical engineering, Hoover accepted a job at Koch Industries as a project manager. She then moved on to LSI Corporation working in various roles for 10 years. During that time, she went back to school and received her EMBA in business from Friends University.

Hoover has been actively involved with SWE for over 30 years, starting off as a collegiate at Wichita State University where there were only about four female engineers in her class. She then joined the Wichita professional section holding many different leadership positions in the local section. She eventually moved up into the regions holding a variety of positions and later chair positions for the Society.

“I’m very passionate about mentoring and supporting women as they move into the engineering profession, Hoover said. “SWE has always been a constant in my life where I have made lasting friendships and expanded my network throughout my career.”

Hoover credits wonderful high school teachers and her technology engineer father for encouraging her to explore the STEM path. This later encouraged her to become a mentor to other young female engineers who were wanting to pursue this career path.

“We are looking forward to this next year with Cindy as the Society’s leader,” said Karen Horting, CEO and Executive Director of SWE. “Cindy’s passion for mentoring and supporting women is an excellent reminder of the need to continue our support and advocacy for women pursuing engineering.”

The SWE FY20 Board of Directors and Board of Trustees positions are effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Hoover and her peers will be joined by other members and leaders within the society for the official induction on Aug. 8.

For more information about SWE, visit For media access to the SWE Board of Directors installation in Wichita, contact Anna Souhrada at 

About SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit or call 312.596.5223.

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