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Governor’s Update – Regional Conference

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Hello ladies! The SWE Region E Conference is just a little over a month away and the Philadelphia Professional SWE Section and the University of Pennsylvania Collegiate SWE Section have been hard at work on a great program for you to enjoy. The 2010 SWE Region E Conference, “SWE@60: A Strong Foundation for Engineering Success” will be held March 19-21 in Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.  SWE’s history has strong ties to Philadelphia as well as Region E in general – Philadelphia was one of the founding sections, and three of the four founding sections are located in our region.  Women in Engineering teas at Drexel University provided a foundation for what blossomed and would eventually become the Society of Women Engineers.  In addition, the first annual “Eastern Seaboard” conference was held during the same weekend in March1955 at the very same location as this year’s conference.

For this year’s conference, we are excited to celebrate both SWE’s history and the present success of women engineers. The conference will kick off Friday night with a fun welcome chocolate social, including entertainment by a capella groups and an all-female comedy troupe.  On Saturday, a diverse array of workshops will cater to the needs of both collegiate and professional engineers, including technical, SWE, and professional development topics.  A SWE archives display and a tea break will highlight SWE’s past.  Additionally, we are excited to welcome Siddika Demir, FY10 SWE President-Elect, who will present the “State of SWE” and dinner keynote speaker Jeannie Rojas, PhD, Associate Director at Centecor who will take us “From Lab Bench to Leader.”  During the evenings, guided walking tours of Philadelphia will provide the opportunity to explore areas of the city.

We also look forward to a great career fair and graduate school fair.  As of February 1, companies and universities attending include: AKRF, Bechtel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dow Chemical, HNTB, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Merck, Pepco, Philadelphia Housing Authority, Sunoco, Urban Engineers, US Navy, Drexel University, George Washington University, Lehigh University, Penn State – Great Valley, Rochester Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, SUNY – Buffalo, and Temple University.

As a former Drexel University student, I am excited to return to the city where my personal engineering experience really began and I hope that you will join me there. For more information or to register please see the conference website: I look forward to seeing you next month!

Colleen Layman

Region E Governor FY10 – FY11


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