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Welcome to SWE Region E’s Collegiate Blog!

Welcome to SWE Region E’s collegiate blog! My name is Nicole and as Region E’s FY14 Regional Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE), I encourage all Region E sections to send me stories, pictures, or news so we can share your amazing accomplishments with all our readers; shoot me an email at rcce-e@swe.org! Looking forward to hearing from you!


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2014 Region E Conference Recap

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Alma Forman, one of the founding members of SWE, rocks an Old Dominion University sweatshirt! (h/t ODU SWE)

Another Region E Conference has come and gone, and 2014′s rendition only enhanced the legacy of Region E’s spectacular programming. Huge shoutout to all the incredible conference planning committee members (especially Conference Co-Chairs Heather Bernardin and Theresa Garwood) for their endless dedication in making this conference memorable and successful!

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Conference Co-Chairs Heather Bernardin and Theresa Garwood

From March 28-March 30, 2014, SWEsters from across the region and beyond united at Virginia Tech (hereafter referred to as VT). VT was a gorgeous, sprawling campus; it was the perfect setting for all attendees to network, learn from each other, and advance themselves professionally and personally.

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The theme this year was “Engineer the Future” and the programming echoed it throughout the weekend. On Saturday, four workshop tracks (College, Professional Development, Career, Technical) kept people engaged throughout the main conference day. Topics such as “What Makes a Great Leader?”, “Bridging from Engineering to Supply Chain Management”, “Dealing with Leadership Burnout”, and “How to Land an Internship Successfully” opened up thought-provoking dialogue.

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The career fair was packed with enthusiastic jobseekers looking for their next opportunity and informative company representatives passionate about their respective firms.

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The keynote speakers throughout the conference sparked new ideas for attendees to consider and share with others. Mary Perkinson, Director of Advocacy on SWE’s Board of Directors, gave the State of SWE presentation in the morning, sharing the Society’s incredible milestones and highlighting our organization’s future direction.

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Dr. Amy Elliott, lead for the design and fabrication team of DreamVendor (the world’s first 3D printing vending machine) and finalist on the first season of The Discovery Channel’s The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, shared her wisdom during the lunch session.

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Dr. Linsey Marr, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at VT, closed out the evening with an overview of her career path and sage advice for attendees. Perhaps the most poignant piece of advice came from Marr’s mother: “You can do everything a boy can do, and you can do it better.” She also encouraged us to accept that we can’t do it all and prioritize what was most important to us to define the optimal work-life balance for ourselves. We were honored to have these esteemed guests with us.

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FY14 Region E Collegiate Team (including our RCRs, RCCE, and SWEFLs)!

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SWE leadership dressed to the nines!

As per tradition, Region E held its evening banquet and awards program, honoring the incredible accomplishments of sections and individuals in our region. Our sincerest congratulations to the following recipients:

Outstanding Collegiate Section:
1st Place: University of Pennsylvania Section
2nd Place: Cornell University Section

Communication Media: Philadelphia Section

Governor’s Choice: University of Pennsylvania Section

Outstanding Mentor: Cassandra Zook, Philadelphia Section

We are thrilled about next year’s Region E Conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA! Happy planning and see you in Philly soon!

– Nicole Woon, FY14 RCCE


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April Hot Topic: Writing SWE Award Applications

With spring in full swing, it’s time to start applying for SWE Awards! Your section has accomplished a tremendous amount during FY14 and it’s time for you to be recognized for all your achievements!

Keep the following in mind when filling out your applications:

  • Have all your event information on hand when you are filling out the form
  • Remember to obtain SWE membership information from SWE HQ
  • Don’t forget supporting documents, pictures, and links on the applications
  • If you have questions, please contact the award coordinator or your Region Collegiate Team

Society Collegiate Awards

  • Outstanding Collegiate Section/Outstanding New Collegiate Section: Awards presented to Collegiate Sections with the most outstanding overall program for the year. Due 5/31.
  • Collegiate Technical Poster Competition: Emphasizes the ability to deliver outstanding visual presentations. Due 6/15.
  • Team Tech Competition (Sponsored by Boeing): Emphasizes the importance of teamwork and interface with industry in the engineering educational process. Due 1/15.
  • SME Bowl (Sponsored by Exxon Mobile Corporation): The Subject Matter Expert (SME) Bowl is a competition that challenges collegiate members in the areas of science, math, physics, engineering, and technology, and also challenges them in their knowledge of SWE history and policies. Due 10/15.

Click here to read more about the awards and to download application packets.

Society Section Awards

  • Communication Awards
  • Membership Awards: Collegiate Transition, Collegiate to Career, Region Membership, Membership Retention Program and Membership Recruitment Program
  • Multicultural Awards: Motorola Foundation Multicultural Award (Professional Sections and MALs); Boeing Company Multicultural Award (Collegiate Sections)
  • Outreach Awards: Event/Series Program, Outreach MOU Partnership, Outreach Parent and Educator Program
  • Professional Awards

Click here to read more about the awards and to download application packets. These award submissions are due 7/1 to awards@swe.org. General questions can be directed to awards-chair@swe.org.


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March Hot Topic II: Section Best Practices

Who better to learn best practices from than our region’s collegiate sections themselves? Read on for innovative event ideas, and methods to show appreciation for your members. [Ed. note: Responses are edited for clarity and length.]

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  • Old Dominion University: Our best practice would be the time we spend at the end of each meeting. After going over the group announcements and upcoming events and featuring any speaker we may have, we talk to the members individually.  A large majority of our girls were very shy at the beginning and therefore wouldn’t speak out in a large crowd.  Our officers specifically have been encouraged to make a personal connection as they will be the ones coming to all the meetings generally. There will always be a friendly face.
  • Cornell University: We have leadership training workshops with the chairs, which help chairs get to know each other and participate in reflective activities. We also nominate a “chair of the month” to allow for more recognition within SWE. We have also accomplished more effective communication with our chairs and directors by holding meetings more regularly and increasing member feedback to evaluate how E-board is doing by using Qualtrics anonymous surveys.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: We hosted an event called “Engineers Got Talent” for Engineering Week. After months of planning with a 100-150 person expected attendance, we successfully ran this showcase for engineers to show the school what they’ve got.
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University of Pennsylvania: Launching PennSustains, a sustainability solution competition

Develop Your Members Professionally

  • University of Pennsylvania: Penn SWE was proud to host PennSustains, the university’s first  sustainability solution competition. The competition had three objectives in mind: celebrate “the joy of building things,” make Penn and Philadelphia a more sustainable campus and city, and utilize engineering in any endeavors. In its inaugural year, 29 participants across nine teams vied for over $7,000 in prizes raised by the planning committee. The event not only united diverse ideas from planning committee members and student teams, but also stressed professional excellence (written and verbal) in participants as they crafted business plans and idea pitches from scratch.
  • Rowan University: We partnered with the “Why So Slow? The Progress of Women in STEM” Faculty Learning Community to host a TED Discussion.  SWE members, general collegiates, and faculty members attended and were inspired to empower themselves through the use of nonverbal behavior.  It was a huge hit and we plan on hosting more TED discussions in the future.

 

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Cooper Union: Building bridges for the Kids in Engineering program

Enhance Educational Outreach Activities

  • Cooper Union: This year, we increased the number of events that we hold at different schools in the New York area to promote engineering to students at a young age. For example, we recently expanded our Kids in Engineering outreach program. This November, SWE members hosted 28 Fifth Graders  at Cooper Union for a Kids in Engineering Day. We taught these elementary school students about all different types of engineering and particularly about bridges. Afterward, we worked with them as they built their own bridges in teams of two on a limited budget; the best bridge won a prize. While they enjoyed this activity, they also learned a lot about bridges and figured out how to work together most efficiently. We then enjoyed lunch together and gave the students a tour of our mechanical and civil engineering projects and labs. We hope to get kids, particularly young girls, excited about engineering by exposing them to ideas and encouraging them to think like engineers. We hope to give back to the community and expand our women in engineering initiatives in this manner.
  • Stony Brook University: NY Cares Day was a great community outreach event that SWE members attended in the fall. We went to a school in Brooklyn for at risk young adults. We painted inspirational murals and quote boards all through the halls and libraries. The main message was to find light even through dark situations. SBU SWE is a repeat participant in this event. We have a lot of love for it and hope to get even more people interested next year.
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute: One event in the fall that went really well was Brownie Day. Our SWE members received positive feedback, and a lot of the girls who volunteered for this event from SWE weren’t necessarily ones that attended the meetings. It was good to see that people want to be actively involved with SWE even if they can’t attend meetings. This event also went well because it was a way to outreach to the local community and expose young girls to aspects of science and engineering. One parent’s comments struck home: “Daisy Troop 888 (from Christiansburg) had a lovely morning at your Inventor event.  I (a mom and the leader) thought the activity level was perfectly appropriate for the younger girls.  SO many activities are ostensibly for ‘kids’ but not really… and the grownups end up doing/creating the item. I loved that the girls actually did their own work with the encouragement of enthusiastic young adults.  It was perfect.  Our daughters had a great time.  Thank you.”


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Getting to Know You: FY14 Region E Treasurer

Thanks for tuning into the latest edition of the “Getting to Know You” column! This monthly series features one of Region E’s FY14 leaders so you have a chance to “meet” her, hear about her SWE career path, and learn a fun fact or two by the end!

This month, you’ll hear from Marge Inden, our Region’s Treasurer!

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Marge (right) with past SWE President Siddika Demir at Region E Boutique

1) When did you begin your SWE career?

I joined SWE in 1977 as a freshman at Columbia University.  Back then, Columbia College was all-male.  So there were very few women on campus – the Barnard students did not spend much time on our side of Broadway in their first year, and I wanted female friends.  Ever since then, SWE has been an important part of my life.

2) Explain a little bit about your current SWE position(s).

I am currently serving the Region as Treasurer.  That role is probably self-explanatory!  It’s an important job, and I’m pleased to be able to meet so many fantastic people who are involved with our Region.  I am also a member of SWE’s Board of Trustees.  I’ve served since the 90s, and I am now the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  We are 6 elected SWE members who manage the endowed funds that provide some of SWE’s scholarships, awards, and general support.  We also manage the assets in the Reserve Fund.  Because I have an investment background this has been a very good fit for me.  We are always looking for members with some investment knowledge who may be interested in the Board of Trustees.

3) What does SWE mean to you?

SWE has meant many things to me.  It’s a professional development network, a social network, and an important cause!  I cannot imagine how much I would have missed had I not been involved in SWE for all these years.

4) What advice would you give to people just starting their SWE careers?

Say yes.  Take on a position, and do it well.  Don’t expect to start at the top.  Find a good mentor.

5) What is the first thing you notice about a person?

Their facial expression.  Do they look happy?  Worried?  Tired?  Upset?  Bored?  You can say the right words, but without the right expression I won’t believe you.

6) If money was no object, what would you be doing right now?

Well, I’d probably quit my job, but I would surely still be involved in SWE!


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March Hot Topic I: Region Conference

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Are YOU ready for conference?

SWE members from throughout the region will congregate at Virginia Tech during March 28-30 at this year’s Region E Conference. The theme is Engineer the Future; you will indeed have the opportunity to shape your own future and those of others by connecting with collegiate and professional attendees. More information about the conference is here: http://www.sweregioneconference.org/

Here’s what to get excited about!

  • Welcome Networking Reception: Hosted on Friday, March 28, from 6-9 pm in the Hillcrest Dining Room VT, get to meet collegiates and professionals from throughout the region. If you’re signed up for the Region Mentoring Program, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet your mentor(s)/mentee(s)!
  • Career Fair: Interested in finding an internship or a job? 21 company and graduate schools are scheduled to be in attendance. Update your resume and print at least 10 copies to distribute to recruiters. Don’t forget to practice your introduction/elevator pitch before talking with a recruiter.
  • Workshops: This year’s conference will feature six different tracks/themes: Collegiate, Professional Development, Personal Development, Beyond the Textbook, Technical, SWE. You’ll have four different opportunities throughout the main day of conference to explore, share ideas, and learn. Do some research here to choose which ones you’re interested in attending.
  • Collegiate Meeting: Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 29, from 3:15 to 4:15 pm; we’ll be meeting in Assembly Hall to discuss region news, share best practices, and hear from our FY15 Region Collegiate Leadership candidates.
  • Banquet: Celebrate the region’s accomplishments with conference attendees and network with members from other sections! Region awards will also be announced at the event. The special occasion will be from 6:30-9 pm in Latham AB.

Most importantly, enjoy your time at conference! This conference will help you grow in SWE and forge many relationships with our region’s members.

See you all at Virginia Tech in a couple weeks!


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Vote for FY15 Collegiate Leaders

Please cast your section’s vote for FY15 collegiate leaders. This is the first election where collegiate section presidents will be electing a collegiate director to serve on the board of directors. Presidents will also cast votes for FY15 Region Collegiate Representatives (RCR), Region Collegiate Communication Editors (RCCE) and Region Collegiate Senators (RCS). Voting is done electronically and voting is limited to one vote per collegiate section in good standing.

The deadline is March 31 at noon central time. The ballot is located here; only collegiate section presidents may vote.

FY15 Candidate Information for Collegiate Director

The collegiate director will serve on the SWE board of directors for FY15. The director’s responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as a liaison to collegiate leaders including RCRs
  • Contributes collegiate knowledge and interests during BOD meetings
  • Assists RCRs in their duties
  • Assists committee chairs with collegiate on committee selection process – due diligence & review quarterly reports to ensure collegiate recruiting on committees
  • Any other duties assigned by the President, the BOD, or Society governing documents

Christina Bechard, Tennessee Tech University Section (Region D), Candidate for Collegiate Director

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The Society of Women Engineers is an organization of over 25,000 members, 14,000 of whom are collegiate members. The Society depends on these collegiates to help move the Society forward and become the leaders of tomorrow. Each collegiate member has a story of why she/he is part of this organization; each one has ideas on how she/he can advance our Society. The Collegiate Director gives those members an avenue to allow their voices to be heard.

One of my primary focuses as Collegiate Director will be to open up communication lines across all collegiate sections to promote collaboration and best practice sharing. Given my experiences as former president of a small section, that I helped to grow into a medium-sized section, and as a Region Collegiate Representative (RCR), I have learned that there can not be a one-size-fits-all approach when helping our collegiate organizations grow and become successful, but through shared dialog and best practice sharing, the lesson learned by one group can greatly aid others in their own pursuits. I have led Best Practice sharing sessions at Region Conference for the past 3 years with each participant walking away with new ideas that could be implemented within their own section. For example, pre-stuffed “SWE informational” folders to hand out to freshmen during the first week of school that include SWE basics, section president welcome letter, and a schedule of events, can be put together for minimal cost, but can have a big impact on new member recruitment.

Ensuring that collegiate sections feel connected to the larger SWE organization is another goal of mine. During my tenure as RCR I worked with collegiate sections to find counselors, understand their bylaws, and in general become better connected to the larger SWE. Through this experience, I found that professional members very willing to help the collegiate succeed. Since many collegiates struggle with bylaws issues, I became involved with the Bylaws Committee to investigate ways to streamline the bylaws approval process and will continue to work on this challenge during my term as Collegiate Director.

Lastly, sharing our successes and achievements is very important and I want to expand the ways that we highlight the amazing things our collegiate members do. I will create a blog to regularly highlight different aspects of our collegiate members and sections including events from all section sizes.

Nicole Woon, University of Pennsylvania Section (Region E), Candidate for Collegiate Director

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SWE holds a place close to my heart and I am excited for the opportunity to increase my involvement as Collegiate Director. I am eager to forge strategic initiatives benefiting the entire Society while maintaining a strong voice for collegiates on the Board of Directors. I hope to share members’ inspirational stories and incorporate your perspectives into new goals that grow SWE in strength and numbers. 

My Region E responsibilities as FY13 Region Collegiate Representative and current FY14 Region Collegiate Communications Editor enabled me to lead 58 collegiate sections, the largest number of sections of any SWE region. I work with collegiates virtually and in-person to cultivate an inclusive, best-practice-sharing environment and curate region- and Society-aligned articles that broaden our readers’ knowledge. The Region E Collegiate Team made great strides during my terms, including increasing blog readership by 50% and creating a Collegiate Welcome Packet to give collegiate presidents the tools to better lead their sections.

I am currently President of the University of Pennsylvania section, dedicated to hosting optimal programming for 500+ collegiates and promoting SWE globally. I also held roles as Vice President of Development spearheading professional excellence activities, Activities and Communications Co-Chair launching social gatherings and our 100+-participant yearlong mentoring program, and Educational Outreach Committee Member volunteering at K-12 workshops.

As Collegiate Director, I am enthusiastic to impact the following:

  • Mentoring/training: Mentoring is an ongoing process presenting growth opportunities and challenging learning experiences for mentors and mentees. I look forward to supporting the evolution of current mentoring programs within each region and Society-wide. Additionally, I am interested in developing the SWE leadership pipeline (e.g., SWEFL Program, region collegiate leaders). New engineers can benefit greatly from the invaluable knowledge that long-time SWE members hold.
  • Collegiate-to-professional transition: As my peers enter new jobs, move to new places, and meet new people, I would like to streamline their shift and bring greater attention to SWE’s resources (e.g., CLCC module, mentoring programs).
  • Globalization: Our connected, intertwined community of women engineers makes it easy to touch people worldwide. I want to play a role pioneering global expansion and supporting the growing number of international collegiate sections.

I would bring energy, grit, and drive to this role, as well as an open ear to collegiates to ensure your voices can be heard. By leveraging my experiences and collaborating with others, I look forward to contributing to SWE’s long-term success.

FY15 Candidate Information for RCR, RCCE, and RCS

Katherine Fetscher (E089, University of Virginia)

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Hello all! My name is Katherine Fetscher, and I would love to be Region E’s Region Collegiate Representative this upcoming year! I am currently a 3rd year student at the University of Virginia majoring in Systems Engineering with a minor in Engineering Business. Throughout my time in college, I have been very active in our SWE section. My first year, I served on the service committee, volunteering at our high school outreach events and helping plan our girl scout science night. After that, I served on our executive board as Publicity Chair, publicizing all our events internally and helping other executive positions as needed. Currently, I am our Public Relations chair. In this position, I manage our internal mentorship program and our corporate relationships, including professional development events, sponsorship, and speaking with companies who want to hire SWE members. Through all these roles and many other interactions within SWE, I have come to see how valuable our organization is in the development of not just female engineers, but of future leaders in many industries. Within SWE, I have found great friendships, inspiring mentors, priceless college and career advice, and a network of incredible people I can count on long after college ends. In the hope of fostering these experiences for future female engineers, I would love to represent Region E’s collegiate interests to our region leaders. Through the leadership roles I have held in SWE and other organizations in college, I have developed the strong leadership and organizational skills that are necessary to be successful in planning and facilitating constrictive collegiate meetings at annual conferences and keeping in contact with section presidents throughout the year. Each collegiate section in Region E has areas in which they strongly excel and best practices that can be used to improve other sections. I think RCR is a perfect role to facilitate this exchange of ideas that would make our region stronger as a whole.

Thank you for taking the time to read my statement and good luck to everyone running for region positions!

Claudia Guiterrez (E058, Drexel University)

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My name is Claudia Gutierrez and I am in the fourth year of a five year B.S./M.S. program in biomedical engineering at Drexel University. During my freshmen year in a male dominated engineering discipline I experienced, first hand, the perception that women could not be both intelligent and charismatic. I wanted to change this.

The Drexel SWE Chapter was virtually non-existent my freshmen year. I felt a sense of reasonability to this organization as I knew that SWE could have a powerful impact on our campus as its mission is to stimulate women to reach their full potential as engineers and leaders. I took this as a leadership opportunity. Since then, I have served as a conference chair, vice president, and president. During my presidency I restructured our chapter to clearly define goals that enriched our organizational identity. Managing twenty officers, I developed an outreach program, established a freshmen mentorship program, and created a speaker series that featured female engineers from academia and industry. I also fostered collaborations with several Drexel departments, such as the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Fellowship Office. This past year, our Drexel chapter was recognized as First Place Outstanding Collegiate Section of Region E and received a Gold Award for Outstanding National Collegiate Section. More recently, our chapter submitted a bid to host the 2015 Region E conference.

I have also held several influential positions outside of SWE. I founded and served as president of the Drexel Salsa Dance club for two years and taught introductory salsa lessons. I have also worked as a teaching assistant for the freshmen engineering design curriculum and calculus courses.

I believe that my extensive involvement within SWE and passion for working with collegiate students in many different environments has made me an exceptional candidate for the position of Regional Collegiate Representative. As a previous president of a successful collegiate chapter I would be equipped to enhance Region E’s relationship with collegiate sections by working with section presidents to clearly define their yearly goals. As the year progresses I would learn the challenges they face and, guided by my previous leadership experience, I would be prepared to help them overcome those challenges. As RCR I would work with Region E to provide the infrastructure they need to facilitate their success.

Susan Greenberg (E076, University of Pennsylvania)

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My name is Susan Greenberg and I am a junior studying Networked and Social Systems
Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. I have been on my section’s board since my freshman year and I have served as the Freshman Liaison, Activities and Communications Co-Chair, and, most recently, Vice-President of Internal Affairs. SWE has been a very important part of my undergraduate life and I would love the chance to experience SWE on the national scale. Getting relevant information out to a large group of people in a way that they will want to read is a very important part of maintaining any large organization. Social media has created a great forum to get information to lots of people at the same time and the role of RCCE does just that. It makes sure members from all over the region remain connected. I run the official Facebook group for my major and it is amazing to see how useful it is to spread information. As my major suggests, we look in depth at social networks and social media and I would love the opportunity to use what I have learned in my classes to help spread information about SWE and Region E. In addition to my positions on my section’s board I hold a number of other leadership positions. I am currently the president of the Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon professional engineering sorority. I also sit on the student advisory board of Penn’s Advancing Women in Engineering group. I am also an Orientation Peer Advisor Fellow, which entails overseeing other peer advisors and helping incoming freshman. SWE has beeen one of the most important organizations in my undergraduate career and I would love to give back to it on a national scale.

Masroor Khan (E068, New Jersey Institute of Technology)

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My name is Masroor Khan and I am a senior majoring in Civil Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. At NJIT, I am currently the Section President and served as Webmaster the previous year. I would like to run for the position of Region Collegiate Senator (RCS). Because of SWE, I have been able to get the most out of my college experience. I was first introduced to SWE during my freshmen year of college and have been involved since by attending regional and national conference and eventually holding executive board positions. SWE has allowed me to develop professionally and I have learned a great amount about my future career path as a future female engineer, which my classes do not teach. SWE is an organization that I plan to be involved with beyond college; I’d like to give back to the organization and help female students pursuing an education in STEM, just like how SWE helped me. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing two different types of officer positions with SWE at my section; first as Webmaster and now as President. As President, I oversee the full SWE operation that goes on at NJIT and represent the section. I work alongside with the officers to implement new events/programs and goals for our section. We have been able to successfully tackle many of our goals during my presidency by setting goals which has allowed us to strengthen our section. As RCS, I would have the opportunity to work alongside with other Senators to develop goals for SWE nationally, similarly to what I do as President. As a leader in SWE, I want to see the organization move forward; a position as RCS would be the best position by allowing me to get involved nationally, thus making a larger impact to the organization. As President, I have taken all of my SWE responsibilities seriously and by being both organized and methodical, I have been able to lead the seven members of the SWE Executive Board successfully. As RCS, I would apply my leadership qualities mentioned earlier to this position. As a current leader at my section, I hope to be involved with SWE at a Regional and/or National level. I’d like to take my SWE leadership to the next level and contribute positively as much as I can for the benefit of this wonderful society.


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Getting to Know You: FY14 Region E Lieutenant Governor

Thanks for tuning into the latest edition of the “Getting to Know You” column! This monthly series features one of Region E’s FY14 leaders so you have a chance to “meet” her, hear about her SWE career path, and learn a fun fact or two by the end!

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This month, you’ll hear from Libby Taylor, our current Lieutenant Governor!

1) When did you begin your SWE career?

I began my SWE career as a collegiate at Carnegie Mellon University (over 10 years ago). My friend Arthi and I went to our first meeting together our freshman year and senior year she was president and I was VP.

2) Explain a little bit about your current SWE position(s).

Region Lt. Governor is a one year role and is a member of the region leadership team. I’m a non-voting member but attend all region council calls and leadership summits and actively support our region governor (Alexis McKittrick). My main role as Lt. Governor for Region E is to help facilitate our Region Collegiate Team (RCT). The role of the RCT is to help support our collegiate members through one major initiative a year and provide a link between our professional and collegiate sections. Our membership includes our Region Collegiate Representatives, Region Collegiate Senators, RCCE, 8 Region E SWEFLs, our CLCC’s and our Region Governor. I’m also the sponsorship co-chair for our upcoming region conference and working hard with my team to ensure we have an awesome career fair for our collegiate members!!

3) What does SWE mean to you?

SWE has been my main connection to my engineering education as a way to help encourage others to consider the path that I took. I’m not techncially doing engineering work in my professional career now, but SWE has been another venue where I’ve been able to develop my skills as a leader with other fantastic women and men that want to support women in engineering.

4) What advice would you give to people just starting their SWE careers?

We are a supportive bunch and willing to help you make your goals reality – don’t be afraid to apply for a role you think you might not get – just getting your name out there can do wonders for letting people know that you want to take the next step! We are so dependent on volunteers to make us successful – whether it’s spending an hour at an outreach event or volunteering your time in a leadership role within SWE. We need your help :)

5) What is the first thing you notice about a person?

Whether they’re friendly and smile back at me when we meet for the first time.

6) If money was no object, what would you be doing right now?

Probably surfing in Costa Rica (while my husband enjoys a pina colada on the beach) or learning lots of different languages (so I know how to order ice cream anywhere I go)!

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