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 Caroline Dunn, one of Region E’s Region Collegiate Representatives. She’s a 4th year at the University of Virginia studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business.
1) When did you begin your SWE career?
I began my SWE career my first year at UVA on the service committee helping with High School Visitation, our large high school outreach event.
2) Explain a little bit about your current SWE position(s).
I am currently one of the Region Collegiate Representatives for all of you along with Alana. I hope to hear from many of you on ways we can help improve our region and sustain the great successes we have seen thus far! I am also the Vice President of my UVA section.
3) What does SWE mean to you?
Over the years, SWE has grown in its meaning to me. First, it was a support system for me to develop professionalism through resume assistance and finding my core engineering interests. Then, it became a framework for me to reach out to middle and high school women who love math and science, but are unfamiliar with the opportunities in an engineering field. I did not know about engineering until I applied for college and I hope more women today will find their engineering passion earlier than me. Finally, SWE has become a network of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances with similar goals who work together to achieve them.
4) What advice would you give to people just starting their SWE careers?
Network with other SWE members: go to national and regional conferences, join a mentorship program, and be outgoing.
5) What is the first thing you notice about a person?
I notice a person’s personality. I love being surrounded by people with different personalities because it adds a unique perspective to every story or discussion.
6) If money was no object, what would you be doing right now?
I would be doing exactly what I do now. Becoming a chemical engineer is one of my passions and I enjoy balancing it with my other activities such as Habitat for Humanity.