Technology Tuesday- Time Saving Travel

Daily Mail

Do you enjoy exploring new places, but hate the cost and the time it takes to get to your destination? Well, the future of traveling is ever changing. No longer do we head down to the train station to catch a train that goes from New York to California; today we board on an airplane. However, Elon Musk wants to get you places even faster with the Hyperloop. The Hyperloop is a system of vacuum tubes that can transport people and cargo at speeds of up to 700 mph. Musk presented the idea in 2013, but it is finally gaining traction with a test track set to begin construction in May of 2016. The only thing cooler than wicked fast travel? Collaboration. Musk presented the idea and allowed other companies to step up and help make it a reality. Want to learn more? Check out these great articles: Daily MailTech Insider, and CNN Money to learn more.

Region H Travel Grants Available

Hello Region H Members!  FY16 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.

Alison Bergmann

Region H Professional Blog Contributor

New Year- New Goals

Happy New Year! No, it’s not January 1st, but it is the start of FY16 for SWE. FY16 started July 1st with the launch of the new SWE logo. Additionally, many collegiates are getting ready for the start of a new school year. With all of these new beginnings, it only seems logical to take a moment and create some goals.

Here in Region H, there is always something going on! The Region Collegiate Team is hard at work preparing for the upcoming year. We are still in the beginning phase of goal setting, so if you have any suggestions for things you would like the RCT to work on please let us know.

My goals for this year are to keep the Region H blog updated (see the new updates about Travel Grants and Logo Usage in the Resources page) and active. I also hope to create more blog followers as this blog has tons of useful information. Lastly, I intend on using the Twitter account to live-tweet during both Annual and Regional Conferences. What other social media accounts do you think would be a good avenue for Region H to pursue? What content would you like to see posted on the blog? Please let me know down in the comments.

Get to know your RCCE

Elisa Hutchison RCCEWelcome to  SWE FY16!  With the new year comes new changes, one of these changes is new RCT members. Throughout the year, I will be updating this blog with biographies of all member of the Region Collegiate Team as part of my role as RCCE.

Here is a little background about myself: I am a Senior in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, originally from Lincoln, NE. I have been involved with Iowa State SWE since my senior year of high school when I participated in SWE Senior Sleepover (now known as SWE U). I have helped with Pizza Sales, Outreach Events, Senior Sleepover, served as the General Meeting Chair, and held the Secretary position last year. I was selected to participant in the Collegiate Leadership Institute during WE 14. I love how supportive Iowa State is and all the inspiration I receive from my fellow SWEagles. In addition to SWE, I was a Community Adviser for the Iowa State University Department of Residence, a Welcome Partner for the Society of International Engineers, and an Ambassador for the Women in Science and Engineering Program at Iowa State. I also studied abroad at the National University of Singapore in the Fall of 2013. My internship experience includes two summers at Molex in Lincoln, NE. Last summer I worked at Lozier Corporation in Omaha, NE; I enjoyed it so much that I am currently on an Engineering Co-Op through the fall at Lozier!

I am excited to take a more active role in SWE and help out collegiate sections in any way possible! I can always be reached at

Collegiate Leadership Institute & WE15!

Register today for WE 15, held in Nashville, TN, October 22-24! Annual Conference is a great way to network, learn, and be inspired. I went to my first Annual Conference last year in LA and learned so much. The Annual Conference is simply a great way to be inspired, network with employers and fellow attendees, and listen to great speakers. Check out the WE15 website for more information:


During the conference selected Collegiates will have the opportunity to attend the Collegiate Leadership Institute. This is a really great addition to all the benefits that come from attending WE15. Here is an excerpt from the email that was sent out:

We would like to invite any interested collegiate members to apply for the Collegiate Leadership Institute which will be hosted at the WE15 Annual Conference in Nashville, October 22 – 24th. The Institute will span three days and each day will consist of 2 to 3 highly interactive sessions. All of the speakers and facilitators selected for the Institute are noted experts in the area of leadership and career development.

This year’s keynote presenter will be Erica Dhawan. Erica is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that accelerates the connectedness of employees teams, customers and clients. She is the co-author of the book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence. Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to companies such as FedEx, PepsiCo, and McGraw Hill Financial.

To apply for this great opportunity follow the link:

These are two opportunities you won’t want to miss out on!

Get to Know Your Region H Professional Section: Southwest Michigan

Section Number/Name: H013 / Southwest Michigan

Section President: Jacquie Geda

Section Representative(s): Rebecca Summ

SWE Lunch & Learn: How can we be lean every day?

A Factory of One, by Daniel Markovitz

We have heard a lot about the importance lean through our labs, Six Sigma trainings, and even our everyday work. The Southwest Michigan SWE section wanted to find some simple ways all of us can be lean and provide more efficiency in our daily activities.

Aaron Youngsted, Whirlpool Corporation Master Black Belt, has led a course called “Keep Calm and Lean On” that addressed this question. He spoke on the topics that he covers in his course and highlighted some tangible examples on how we can apply lean practices each day. For example, he showed us some Google tools that we could use to manage our workflow and visually see what is the top priority, like a personal kanban. At the end of the session, we were given a book called Factory of One to help us integrate more tools into our lives!

SWE Girl Scouts Day: Frozen Adventures in Engineering

The Southwest Michigan section of SWE (Society of Women Engineers) introduced 3rd ­-6th grade Girl Scouts to eye­opening Science and Engineering principles through engaging activities. The theme of the event was “Frozen Adventures in Engineering”. The young girls had the opportunity to participate in various hands­on activities such as Making Ice­Cream, Building Catapults, Constructing Towers, Wiring Circuit Bugs, Creating Silly­Putties, Designing Edible Cars, and finally taking part in the Edible Car­Racing Contest. These fun activities exposed the girls to various disciplines such as Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering and Computer Engineering.

The entire group of around 70 girls were divided into smaller groups, to encourage the girls to work together and solve the activity challenges. It also helped them improve their social and team­building skills. During the day, they were able to interact with Whirlpool Women Engineers, that helped them gain some insight into the professional world of engineering. Over lunchtime, SWMI SWE invited Latha Ravi, an Engineering Director at Whirlpool, to share her experiences as a Girl Scout in India. Latha Ravi had won the honorary Presidential Girl Scouts Award in India during her school days. She showed her award and shared a few pictures, which was very inspirational to all the girls. They had a lot of fun interacting with her and learned about “Being Bold”, “Standing up for yourself” and “Staying Strong”.

All in all, the “Frozen Adventures in Engineering Event” was a big success. SWMI SWE had a lot of fun hosting the Girl Scouts. Hopefully, we have encouraged the young girls to pursue careers in Science and Engineering fields. We are positive that they will be great women engineers in the future!

Article submitted by Rebecca Summ