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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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