In March 1980, a group of Filipino engineers in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia founded the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE). PAMWE is a non-profit, non-partisan, professional organization whose primary objectives include establishing and maintaining an employment/placement assistance program, with special concern for the newly-arrived and unemployed Filipino engineers; granting scholarships in the College of Engineering to deserving students; and serving as a hospitality house for engineers and other related professionals who are new to the metro Washington area.
The general membership of PAMWE is comprised of professional engineers from varied disciplines and related fields. Collectively, their talents, skills, expertise, and contacts provide the association with extensive assets. Such assets have been instrumental in accomplishing its goals, thus making PAMWE a respected professional organization.
THE PAMWE STORY IS A SUCCESS STORY ! Following the launching of its first scholarship in the University of the Philippines in 1981, PAMWE has granted 117 scholarship terms in the Philippines as well as in the United States. The school beneficiaries are: Cebu Institute of Technology, De La Salle University, St. Louis University, University of the Philippines, University of San Agustin, Notre Dame University, AMA Computer College, Mapua Institute of Technology, and University of Maryland here in the United States. To date, The PAMWE Foundation has established nine perpetual engineering scholarships in the Philippines. Several newly-arrived engineers in the United States have gained employment through PAMWE's Placement Assistance Program. Networking among PAMWE members have also led to better employment in engineering positions. In addition, PAMWE's Continuing Education Program and Seminars enhance the knowledge of its membership. Many of the members have also broken the proverbial "glass ceiling" establishing themselves in managerial positions, both in the private and government sectors. Some members are engaged in their own contracting and consulting enterprises.
Today, PAMWE is well known in the Filipino-American community as one of the leaders helping to improve and uphold the quality and standard of engineering profession among Filipino engineers.