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SWE-IIT Hosts “SOCIAL BUTTERFLY” Event
The Social Butterfly event presented IIT students with professional coaching with introductions while eating. Dr. Pat Smith-Pierce, CEO and Founder of the Insight Communications Group in Schaumburg Illinois was the evening’s facilitator. Students were taught things such as how one should stand and when to take the next bite while conversing. The evening’s exciting workshop had students practice what was taught. Not only was the event geared towards increasing professionalism and better presentation but it also sought to promote unity among the different professional student organizations on campus. We’ve certainly met our goal!
SWE IIT Engages in ENGINEERING CHALLENGES
At each General Body meeting, SWE has its members engage in simple yet time constrained engineering challenges. 10 minutes are allotted to this challenge where members are given limited time and resources to complete a given task. This approach can be translated to efficiently completing tasks as engineers. Our first was a newspaper tower where students were to construct the tallest free standing tower from 2 sheets of newspapers and 1 inch of tape. The winning team managed to reach a height of 4ft. Challenge 2 demonstrated members creativity and ability to think outside of the box to create the tallest free-standing card tower. Not only did these activities allow members to engage in hands-on tasks where they could apply some engineering skills, they also exercised cooperation and team work to reach an ultimate shared goal!
SWE-IIT Volunteers at E-Week Event
The annual E-Week activities for 2014 culminated with a fun filled interactive activity hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology at its Rice campus in Wheaton, Illinois. It was geared at increasing the interest in STEM related fields among children of all ages. SWE-IIT has certainly done its share in keeping with this mission. The program allowed both students and parents to get involved with hands-on engineering activities such as straw bridge construction, turbine motion and using brain activity to generate energy. Children were taken through the engineering process, tested their designs and analyzed failure, if any.
SWE IIT Executive Board Retreat
How well a group functions depends partly on the commitment of its members and the unity among the group’s leaders. SWE IIT understands that to achieve the goals set by the organization, its leaders must be able to work together. The 4-woman Executive Board of 2013-2014 comprises unique individuals. Our President, Roselle Grant hails from the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. Angelica Valadez, the Vice President, is Mexican. Sylwia Odrzywolska, the team’s treasurer, was born in Poland and our Marketing Chair, Sneha Gindodiya is Indian. What a welcomed mix! We are privileged to have so many perspectives, but to ensure that we all remained focused on the SWE mission and are able to compromise and contribute in ways that aren’t misinterpreted for negativity or seen as offensive, an executive board retreat was in order. The team shared cultural experiences, differences and similarities over wine while painting. Leaders were able to better understand each other’s views and tolerate idiosyncrasies. This truly helped with cooperation and has also proven that engineers make some fine artists!
SWE-IIT Tours Caterpillar
We’ve noticed that the membership dynamics of SWE-IIT are changing. Students tend to join SWE at an earlier stage of their college education. Most active members are now freshmen, sophomores and juniors who request seeing the field that they plan to enter at its best. SWE has since done tours to 2 major engineering facilities: Caterpillar’s manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Illinois and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, a global architectural firm whose headquarters are located in Chicago.
~Article submitted by Illinois Institute of Technology
For the third time, UW-Platteville SWE hosted SWEet Advice with Industry. This was a round robin event, held by SWE, where Platteville students were able to go to four different rooms, each with a different career development topic. These topics included internships and co-ops, elevator speeches, resumes, and interviewing. Companies including Kimberly Clark, John Deere, and Covance attended along with representatives from the campus Career Center. Students were able to ask questions, receive advice, and gain knowledge from these companies along with the Career Center.
Many members attended the event and each was given a card that indicated which group they were in. They then started in the room indicated by their card, and proceeded in a round robin fashion until they had visited all of the topics. To conclude the event, there was a drawing to win prizes. Prizes included resume paper, Post-Its, and flash drives. Overall, SWEet Advice with Industry was a great event with the Platteville SWE members as well as other cohort groups in the university such as STEM Scholars, DRIVEN Scholars, and the WiSTEM Living Learning Community. We hope to continue this successful event in the future!
~Article submitted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Samantha is a part of the SWE-Central Indiana Section, where she served as the FY12 & FY13 Section President, Vice President, Treasurer, Publicity and Professional Development Chair. She currently holds the role of both Social and Strategic Planning Chair for the section. This is Samantha’s first role with Region H as the FY14 Lt. Governor.
Samantha has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Enterprise from Michigan Technological University and is currently pursuing a MBA with Notre Dame. She has worked for Cummins Inc. for over 8 years and is currently a Design Integrator for the MidRange Engine Business.
Samantha lives in Scipio, IN (Central Indiana) with her husband Jim and their assortment of animals. She enjoys travel, movies, music, reading, and working with her horses.
Why did you apply for Region H Lieutenant Governor?
I applied for Lt. Governor because after being active in my collegiate and local sections, I wanted to get involved at the region level. As I enjoy working with collegiates and had ties with both schools bidding for the FY2014 Region H Conference, the Lt. Governor role was a big, but exciting next step.
What does SWE mean to you?
SWE means friends, community and hope to me. Through my years with SWE I have forged lasting friendships with amazing women. SWE is also a community where there’s no new problem, only new engineers. If I have a situation that needs outside opinions, I can rest assured that the SWE community can help provide answers. And overall, SWE means hope to me. As someone who discovered engineering as a junior in high school; my main hope is that SWE can reach out to as many girls as possible, to enlighten them on this fantastic career of engineering.
What to Do Before Conference
- Visit the Region H Conference Website
- Check out the Official Conference Agenda
- Look at the 5 Tracks for breakout sessions
- Check out the Bus Routes
- Check out the Bid Brochures for the FY15 Region H Conference
What to Do at Conference
- Kick off the Conference by attending Friday Night Entertainment
- Take plenty of resumes to hand out to companies at the SWE Career Fair
- Go on Tours
- Attend the Opening Breakfast and Dinner Banquet to hear from our Keynote Speakers
- Attend the CEU Session: Ethics & Compliance Officer Association
Region H Meetings
- Joint Meeting and Bid Presentations (Rosza)- 8:20 AM EST
- Collegiate Meeting (Rosza)- 9:20 AM EST
- Professional Meeting (Fisher 135)- 10:30 AM EST
- Collegiate Presidents Meeting (Fisher Hall Room 126) - 4:55 PM EST
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Iowa State University does many events throughout the year with the ultimate goal of supporting women in engineering and encouraging future generations of women to pursue engineering. One of these events is the Senior Sleepover, which brings in 34 high school senior girls who are interested in engineering to showcase different engineering opportunities at Iowa State. This event is an overnight activity and offers a lot to those attending. Each engineering major presents to the attendees so they can learn where their interests may lie. In addition to these presentations, the girls also learn about other opportunities they would have if they attend Iowa State, such as study abroad and different student organizations they can participate in.
This event not only gives insight on each aspect of the different engineering disciplines, but it also allows the high school seniors to interact with our SWE members to hear firsthand perspectives of what college is like for a woman in engineering. After presentations, the girls head to dinner with SWE members at an on-campus dining facility, and then to a workout facility to participate in fun activities, such as rock-climbing. All of these events are designed to give the girls a real college experience. To learn that, while we are women engineers, there is more that defines us. It also reinforces their decision to pursue engineering and gives added confidence, knowing that someone else is successfully becoming a female engineer.
In addition to interaction with SWE members, the weekend ends with a banquet attended by the high school students and their parents as well as faculty from each department. This is a great opportunity for the girls to network and for their parents to ask any unanswered questions.
Overall, the Senior Sleepover is a great experience for both the high school seniors and the SWE members. It is a big undertaking for our chapter, but with continued success, we are fueled to keep growing and improving this event, furthering the goals of SWE, and enriching the lives of future women engineers.
This is a great recruiting event for Iowa State and we would love to answer any questions you may have about starting this event up at your own school. Please email Emily and Abby at email@example.com with any questions.
~Article submitted by Iowa State University.