SWE Illinois Institute of Technology: “Women Who Excel” Banquet

SWE-IIT (H056) Annual Awards BanquetThe Society of Women Engineers Illinois Institute of Technology Chapter (H056) will be having our first ever Annual Awards Banquet “Women Who Excel” on April 17, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

This event will be at The Illinois Institute of Technology Campus, Herman Hall Ballroom, located at 3241 South Federal Street, Chicago, 60616. The Society of Women Engineer Banquet tickets cost $25.00 per person.

SWE-IIT is looking forward in having Region H celebrate with us as we reflect on our awesome year, what the future holds and in honoring our members. Our keynote speakers for the Awards Banquet are Julia Kline and Nikki Nogl. Come out to enjoy a great meal along with some live entertainment.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by filling out the RSVP link below:


Banquet Tickets can be purchased through the link provided below:


If you have any question please feel free to contact SWE-IIT president Genna Clovis at email presidentsweiit@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there.

Hot Topic: Networking

Everyone seems to know that networking is important, but what is networking, and how can collegiate and young professionals do it?

If the word “networking” has you thinking of sleazy, insincere schmoozing, you should reconsider. Networking is building mutually beneficial relationships that can lead to information and opportunities. Networking is essential for developing your career and personal life and for getting work done effectively. Here are some tips courtesy of Alaina G. Levine, author of Networking for Nerds, who presented at the WE14 Collegiate Leadership Institute.

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    Be generous. Whenever you meet someone for the first time, think about how you can help him/her. In the big picture, your relationship is a potential partnership.

  2. Focus on passions. What are both of you really interested in? Bonus: you will become a reminder of things the person enjoys.
  3. Stay in touch. This can be especially useful for college students who graduate and move away from friends and co-workers. Simple messages on social media, emails of useful information or videos, or holiday cards can help maintain relationships.
  4. Keep an open mind. Plenty of people outside of your company and outside of your profession can be valuable connections, so cast a broad net. Find people with common interests from the activities and meetings for things you enjoy.
  5. Be strategic. When at a party or other networking opportunity, set a goal to meet 10-15 people you may want to partner with and exchange contact info. Leave the business talks for a time after the party. However, remember to be in a professional mindset, i.e. not excessively drinking or eating.
  6. Be bold. Stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to networking may be uncomfortable but definitely worth it. Having the courage to tell a new acquaintance, “I would love to work with you, and I have something to offer,” is a great advantage. Introducing yourself to strangers gets easier with practice. You may even consider hosting your own networking event, which encourages you to talk to all the guests and puts the focus on you as someone who takes initiative.


Source: Minda Zetlin. 9 Secrets to Effective Networking, Even If You’re a Nerd. Dec 16, 2014. Retrieved at http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/9-secrets-to-effective-networking-even-if-you-re-a-nerd.html.

Full-time and Internship opening at John Deere (Waterloo, Iowa)

John Deere Power Systems recently added (1) full-time position and (1) internship for our Waterloo, Iowa location. If interested, please apply to the positions below, using the website: https://www.deere.com/en_US/corporate/our_company/careers/careers.page

Full-time position in John Deere Power Systems’ Engineering Development Program located in Waterloo, Iowa: JDPSEDP2014C

Internship position for John Deere Power Systems located in Waterloo, Iowa: MECH-PVVINTERN2015a or ELEC-SOFTINTERN2015a
If you have any questions about John Deere Power Systems and the positions, you may contact me directly.

Allison Plunkett
TDP/CCDP Program Manager
John Deere Power Systems

Get to Know Your Region H Professional Section: Quad Cities/Muscatine

Section Number/Name: H11 – Quad Cities/Muscatine
Section President: Kelly Enstrom – Manufacturing Engineer, John Deere
Section Representative(s): Paula Raney – Retired, John Deere
Description of 2 Section Events:

Top Secret Rosies
To celebrate 2015 Engineers Week, our section screened a showing of the documentary Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II.  This documentary tells the story of female mathematicians who contributed to the WWII war effort by acting as human computers for ballistics calculations.  Some of these women later went on to program one of the very first computers, ENIAC.  The SWE Conference 2013 magazine had an article about this documentary.  The film came highly recommended by several other SWE sections and we could see why!  It shed light on a little known chapter of the history of women in STEM.

Members of the Quad Cities/Muscatine SWE section watched the film Top Secret Rosies to celebrate Engineers Week.

Members of the Quad Cities/Muscatine SWE section watched the film Top Secret Rosies to celebrate Engineers Week.

Book Club
In January our section held a book club featuring the newly released book by Tara Mohr, Playing Big.  Mohr, a conference speaker on women’s leadership, highlights different ways women are “playing small” in their lives and careers and suggests ways for them to “play bigger.”  Even though a small percentage of the meeting attendees had actually finished reading the book, we had a lively and open discussion about topics raised in the book: leadership styles, risk taking, and what obstacles women encounter in their careers.  This event was so popular we are planning on making a book group meeting an annual event!

-Article submitted by Kelly Enstrom

Workshop: Graduate Opportunities in Civil & Environmental Engineering

http://wego.cee.illinois.edu/The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites women engineering students (junior, senior, and master’s level) to apply for the Women Exploring Graduate Opportunities in Civil and Environmental Engineering (We Go CEE) Workshop, a networking and professional development workshop focused on exploring graduate education and research opportunities in civil and environmental engineering.  The workshop will provide seminars focused on preparation for graduate school, writing effective fellowship applications, mentoring, networking, faculty panels, developing leadership skills, and “Pathways to Success” keynote lecture presented by prominent University of Illinois alumni. A networking dinner will be hosted allowing students to interact with faculty, graduate students, and women engineers working in industry.


Date: September 18-19, 2015

Location: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Costs: Transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided to invited students.

Application: Download at http://wego.cee.illinois.edu

Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
Who should apply: Women engineering students interested in learning about graduate education in civil and environmental engineering who will be a junior, senior, or master’s student at the time of the workshop. Students do nothave to be currently enrolled in a civil and environmental engineering program.


Send completed application to: we-go-cee@illinois.edu
Please send questions to: we-go-cee@illinois.edu

Hot Topic: Region H Conference – March 6-7, 2015

ND conference logoThis year’s SWE Region H Conference will be taking place at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on March 6 and 7, 2015. If you registered for the conference, please remember to pick your sessions and tours by the deadline of Sunday, February 15th.

The conference theme is Bringing the Brains and Beauty to Engineering. The breakout sessions include various topics on professional development, graduate school, SWE opportunities, and Notre Dame. Just a few examples of the exciting topics are nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and New Product Development. Tours of the Notre Dame campus, stadium, and university power plant are available. Nearby South Bend attractions, including the Chocolate Factory, Studebaker Museum, and Honeywell, are also available for tours.

Region H Conference is a great chance to network with various professionals. Be sure to check out the Career Fair on Saturday to talk to representatives from over 40 companies! The keynote speaker will be Tara Murphy, the Vice President and General Manager for Keurig Green Mountain, Global Brand & Product – Cold Systems. The professional session speaker will be Lori Tauber Marcus, Chief Product Officer for Keurig Cold Systems at Keurig Green Mountain.

On the night of Friday, March 6, look out for entertainment and useful SWE events. The President’s Meeting will be held from 9:30-10:30 PM. For graduating seniors, there will be a Collegiate Transition event from 8:00-9:00 PM, which will be a chance to network with professional members from Region H. Friday night’s entertainment will be Zumba, a photo booth, and DIY mani pedis, with refreshments including a dinner buffet and snacks. Saturday night’s entertainment will be Taste of South Bend and ice skating at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Region H Conference 2015 is going to be an exciting and valuable experience! Hope to see you there!

Please direct any questions about the conference to ndswe15@nd.edu.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Night of Networking

Every year, the Society of Women Engineers at UIUC hosts an event called Night of Networking. At this event, SWE members along with other societies from the College of Engineering get to interact with professionals from the sponsoring companies. This year the event was held on February 4, 2015, and was sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Shell, Capital One, and CH2M Hill. These companies had the opportunity to give short workshops on relevant professional development topics.

This year our keynote speaker was Nancy Hermanson from Kimberly-Clark. She spoke about the trust equation, Trust=(Reliability+Credibility+Intimacy)/Self-Interest. Through self-reflection we were able to see the aspects of this equation that we can work on as a leader, and things that we should look for in leadership of a company during our job search. I learned a lot from this talk, and it was interesting to further think about the fact that the more I trust others, the more trust I receive in return.

Both students and professionals had a wonderful evening of food, conversation, and learning. Events like these help our members to further relationships with other societies and professionals, as well as help to develop professionally. I am very lucky to have been able to plan such a successful event and look forward to see how the event continues to improve!

Cassie Arenz
SWE UIUC Professional Liaison Director