In the 70s there was one SWE section for the whole state of Texas. The officers alternated between Dallas and Houston. Anna Salguero attended weekend meetings in Houston, while she worked and lived in San Antonio.
In 1976 consideration was given to splitting the large Texas Section into smaller ones. Anna was to determine if there was interest for a separate section in the area. After a few meetings between Austin and San Antonio took place, the charter was submitted in 1978.
We received our official charter at the ’79 Convention in San Francisco. This section was initially referred to as the “San Antonio/Austin Section”. Later we were known as the “Southwest Texas Section”.
In early 2017, the section boundaries were re-evaluated given the growing technical communities in Austin and San Antonio. The SWE Southwest section was renamed SWE Austin and it officially serves the Greater Austin area.