Alison Bergmann is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math at Valparaiso University. She has been involved with Valparaiso University SWE since her freshmen year. She served as Treasurer and Vice President her sophomore year and President her junior and senior years. At Valparaiso University, Alison is also involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Student Alumni Association, Education Policy Committee, Dean Search Committee, and her sorority Sigma Alpha Iota. Alison gained practical fluency in Spanish after studying abroad in Leon, Spain with the Indiana University Honors Program in 2008. The last three summers she has interned at John Deere in both Design and Manufacturing Engineering.
Why did you apply for RCCE?
I applied for RCCE because I wanted to have the opportunity to implement my experience from my SWE positions at Valparaiso University and from my other leadership positions on campus. I wanted to share my ideas and best practices for sections not only with my section but with everyone in Region H. I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to SWE and be able to help struggling sections, so that they can be successful. As President, I was able to bring my leadership and communication skills as well as dedication and enthusiasm to my section, and I wanted to bring them to Region H.
SWE is an organization where women can strive to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life for people around the world, and demonstrate the value of diversity. This organization allows for improvement at all levels: young girls (K-12 outreach program), collegiate development, and professional development. SWE offers multiple opportunities to improve leadership and professional , communication, and networking skills on national, regional, and sectional levels for every SWE member.