Region H Travel Grants Available

Hello Region H Members! FY17 Region H Travel Grants are now available. Region H provides travel grants for both Collegiate and Professional members to attend the HART, Annual, and Region H Conferences. Click here to find the Region H Travel Grant Application and Policies. See the Resources page for general information on conference dates and application deadlines for the different Travel Grants offered. If you have any questions, please email Region H Treasurer Gina Janke.

Region H Secretary Inga Bentley

Capture.PNGInga Bentley is a part of Rockwell Automation’s Engineering Leadership Development Program rotating through different engineering roles. Her current focus is in engineering marketing of Rockwell’s low voltage motor control centers.  Inga’s involvement in SWE started at a collegiate level as the section president for MSOE, after graduating she has participated on the Leadership Coaching Committee in 3 different regions and currently sits as the region secretary. Her duties include maintaining records and communication between the regions. One of Inga’s favorite things about SWE is the communities of strong individuals working together to create a better world.

Gina Janke, FY16 Region H Treasurer

FY16 GJanke pictureGina is a long-time member of SWE and a current member of the Wisconsin Section. She served in several different officer positions, 12 years as the Section Treasurer, and is now the Section Scholarship Chair. As a California native, she also served leadership roles at Sacramento Valley Section, and was a member of Los Angeles and Harvey Mudd College Sections.

Gina has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. She has worked at Modine Manufacturing Engineering for over 19 years in the areas of manufacturing engineering, project management, quality engineering, and industrial engineering. She is currently working as the Principal Industrial Engineer in the Engineering Systems and Service Department in Racine, Wisconsin. In California, she worked at Rockwell International (now Aerojet), as a Design/Development Engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engines.

Gina lives in Racine with her husband David and two children, Anna, 14 years old, and Nathan, 12 years old. As a family, they enjoy cross-country skiing in the winter and sailing Lake Michigan in the summer.

Job Opening at Caterpillar

Caterpillar Inc has an open position for an Entry Level Engineer in the Engineering Development Program. The job posting is open from 4 – 11 February 2016.
If interested, apply at

Search for Job Number: 160000TH
2016 Engineering Development Program – New Professional Track – Professional Product Development Track – (Job Number: 160000TH)
The Engineering Development Program (EDP) is a flexible twelve month program that addresses the onboarding needs of engineers and technologists hired directly into their full time positions.
*This is an Entry Level position to transition a recent college graduate into a full time Engineering role.*


JOB PURPOSE: As an entry level, engineering degreed position, job assignments are planned to provide experience and familiarization with the technical staff, methods, practices and programs of the company and assigned area.

JOB DUTIES: The key role of this entry level engineering position is to learn and assist: to gain an understanding of Caterpillar’s business, products, systems and procedures; to learn and develop skills which result from the practical application of basic engineering knowledge; and to provide assistance to a project team or others in the work group. Projects will usually be of short duration and work results will affect those working on the same project or assignment. Typically, decisions will impact routine, low risk issues that may affect the project team, suppliers or internal customers. Challenges include applying theory, learning procedures and understanding the technology.

Associate Engineers may work in any number of functional areas requiring an engineering degree, including, but not limited to, product design, development, research, metallurgy, quality, reliability, materials, manufacturing process, application and installation, product performance/support, service and facilities.

Key areas of responsibility encountered in this role may include any or all of the following: perform needs analysis and initiate ideas; evaluate new products, processes or systems; communicate results to customers, suppliers, team members, and other business units; contribute to the design of new products and processes; perform product and process maintenance; support other engineers, managers, marketing personnel, customers and suppliers.

Attention to detail is critical. Uses readily available clear and direct references and provides straightforward solutions to problems. Collects and evaluates data and develops plans for assignments. Associate Engineers may expect to have direct contact with other team members, customers and suppliers.

Associate Engineers must manage their own development, continuously learning through experience and staying abreast of technology changes. Learning will focus on methods, processes and systems applied to engineering functions, key engineering skills, practical application of theory, communications and building a knowledge of Caterpillar’s products, suppliers and customers.

Get to Know Carol Weber, Your Region H Lieutenant Governor!

Prism_Weber_photoCarol is a Life Member and part of the SWE-Central Illinois Section, where she has served in various leadership positions since being a founding member of the Section which was chartered in FY93.  Most recently she has held the position of Section Representative to the Region H Council for FY13-FY14. This is Carol’s 2nd year as Region H Lt. Governor. On the Society level, she has served as a member of the Program Development Grant committee FY14-FY15, Finance Committee FY15-FY16, and has been a judge for freshman scholarships FY13-FY15. At WE14, Carol was honored to receive the inaugural SWE Prism award.

Carol has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. She has also completed the Management for the 21st Century Certificate program at Bradley University and is a Certified 6 Sigma Black Belt.  Carol has worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 25+ years in all areas of product development.  She is currently working as the Technology Readiness Leader for the Automation & Enterprise Solutions Research in the Research & Advanced Engineering Department of the Product Development & Global Technology Division.  

Carol lives in Germantown Hills, IL with her husband, Brian and their two Golden Retrievers, Beau & Luke.  Carol and Brian have two adult children, Alyson & Matthew, and as a family they enjoy spending time together traveling to their favorite skiing destinations.

Why did you apply for Region H Lieutenant Governor?

I applied for Lt Governor because after re-engaging
with SWE leadership and participating with the Region Council, I wanted an opportunity to work with the collegiate team and help provide guidance and mentoring to the RCT.

What does SWE mean to you?

SWE has been an important part of my life.  When I was just starting out in my career at Caterpillar, I was the only technical woman in my group.  My SWE friends were my lifeline in providing support and encouragement to continue in my career.  I have had the chance to meet some wonderful women through my SWE Network and to reconnect with them at the Society conference is always energizing.  SWE has helped me get to where I am today in my career and I don’t what I would have done without my SWE network.