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SWE Collaborates with the College of Staten Island on Satellite Design Project

SWE College of Staten Island is working on an engineering project that entails building a satellite as part of the Robbins-1 mission in order to scrutinize space debris and collect data to reach a solution. This is a joint project between the Society of Women Engineers and the College of Staten Island’s Engineering, Science, and Physics department where CSI SWE members can gain real engineering project experience that prepare them for challenges they will face in their professional careers within the work force.

The satellite is scheduled to be launched near the Fiji islands by early 2017, and the students will be able to track the progress of the satellite remotely using antennae.

This project is one of various projects that CSI SWE collaborates with CSI’s Engineering, Science and Physics, and Computer Science Departments. Other engineering projects include renewable energy systems an research based scientific computing, which encompasses programming and physics simulations for analyzing and extracting data.

For more information on the Satellite Design Project, click here for a more in depth report. Visit the College of Staten Island’s Engineering, Science, and Physics department here.

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Region E Conference, RCT & Grad Opportunities

Are you ready for the Region E Conference? Are you interested in learning more about how to get involved with SWE on a regional level? Read on!
Region E Conference: Our Region Conference will be held February 20-22, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA!  From the registration numbers, it looks like a lot of you have already signed up to go, but there is still time for those who haven’t.  Registration closes Friday, February 6th – Register at www.sweregioneconference.org.
SWE Boutique at Conference (Sign up by February 6)
The SWE Boutique is back at Region Conference!  You can sell SWE gear and anything else that benefits your section or serves SWE’s mission.  There is no charge for a table, but advanced sign-up is required.  To sign-up, fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P325BYP
 

Region E Awards (Submissions Due by February 1, 2015): Nominations are open for the 2015 Region E Awards! More information (and the nomination packet) can be found on our website: http://regione.swe.org/region-awards.html

Section Report #2 (Collegiate due by February 1, Section/MAL due by February 10): Please remember to have the Report #1 and Report #2 tabs completed and ready for submission to your RCR for Collegiates and Governor for Section/MAL.

 
Region E Collegiate Officer Nominations (Due by February 1): If you are interested in one of the collegiate region positions listed below, please complete the nomination form by February 1, 2015 (Region E Collegiate FY16 Election Nominations Survey).  This form must be completed before a candidate will be considered.
The basic duties of each position are listed below.  Additional questions about eligibility, duties of office, or the process the nominating committee follows can be directed to the nominating committee chair.  
Duties of the collegiate positions include, but are not limited to: attend training provided by the Society and their region, typically a combination of webinars, a region leadership meeting, and specific events at Society Conference; Serve on the Region Collegiate Team and maintain consistent contact with Region Leadership (particularly the Lieutenant Governor; Attend Society Conference, Region Conference, and the Region Leadership Summit)
  • Region Collegiate Representatives (RCR): Serve as the collegiate voice on the Region Council; Attend face-to-face Region Council meeting at Region Conference and monthly Region Council teleconferences; Facilitate Region Collegiate Meetings; Provide input to region blog
  • Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE): Communicate to the region members via the region blog and other social media; Maintain the region blog; Attend Society Conference and Region Conference; Serve as alternate for the Region Collegiate Representatives
  • Region Collegiate Senator (RCS): Serve as the collegiate voice for the region on the Society Senate; Attend two face-to-face Senate meetings (including at Society Conference) and monthly teleconferences; Provide input to Region Collegiate Meetings; Provide input to region blog
Region E Mentoring Program (Due by February 15): The open registration period for the 2015 Region E mentoring program has begun for both the council and section presidents. As a reminder, the primary focus of this program is to facilitate networking relationships for those who are interested in taking on a leadership role within SWE. We encourage you all to share this with your executive boards or any other members who are interested in taking on new or different leadership role within SWE.  The deadline for submitting an application is SundayFebruary 15th. Sign up here!

Graduate Opportunities

In addition to the collegiate and professional sections, of which graduate students may already be involved, the Society of Women Engineers has recently instituted a community just for Graduate Students! Visit the SWE Graduate Community Blog and Facebook group for more information.

Graduate Rapid Fire Session (due January 25)

We are now accepting abstracts for “Graduate Rapid Fire Session” to be held at 2015 Region E Conference. To participate, submit your abstracts through this link (http://goo.gl/XOAvzt). For details contact Smruti Ragunath (sr262@njit.edu).

New Leadership Opportunity for Grads: Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect (due January 31)

The Graduate Leadership Team, which includes the Graduate Member Coordinator, the Graduate Programming Coordinator, their Coordinator-Elects, the Webinar Coordinator, and the Regional Conference Coordinator, is looking for a Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect for WE15 (Nashville, TN – October 22-24, 2015) who will then become the Graduate Programming Coordinator for WE16 (Philadelphia, PA – October 27-29, 2016)!

Graduate Programming Coordinator-elect: Works with a dedicated team of graduate students and professional SWE members to create a diverse track of sessions for current graduate students, and those considering enrollment in graduate school, for the annual SWE conference. The GPC-elect assists the GPC, in preparation for the following annual conference.

The application can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/5BB7h2 and is due by January 31, 2015. Applicants will be notified the first week of February to schedule a telephone interview with members of the graduate community leadership and the BOD member. After completing all the interviews you will be notified of the decision.  If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Gregory.


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Penn SWE: GEARS Day

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GEARS Day 2014 was an engineering educational outreach event geared towards Philadelphia high school girls held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. The event was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Society of Women Engineers section in conjunction with Philadelphia Society of Women Engineers section. This year’s GEARS Day marks the fourth year of the event being held on UPenn’s campus.

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This year’s GEARS Day was attended by seventy-six sophomore and junior high school females who attended high school as close as Philadelphia and as far away as Maryland, and was made possible by the efforts of over forty-five volunteers, ranging from undergraduate, graduate, and professional SWE members.

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Throughout the one-day event, students participated in four different workshops, each workshop having a concentration in different engineering fields.

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Students interested in Civil Engineering participated in our Bridge Design workshop, were students modeled their own bridges and simulated stress tests.

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A bioengineering workshop, called DNA Extraction, allowed participants to extract DNA from strawberries and bananas and observe them under microscopes. A new addition to this year’s workshop roster, a Wind Tunnel workshop, gave students the opportunity to build their own wind turbines out of various materials, place them in a wind tunnel, and measure the power generated by each of their designs.

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Overall, ten different workshops across the engineering disciplines of bioengineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and systems engineering were represented at this year’s GEARS Day.

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Speaking to participants during and after the event, students who had previously never had exposure to engineering expressed excitement at an event that introduced them to a variety of different engineering fields. Specific feedback from follow-up surveys had participants commenting that through their involvement in GEARS Day 2014, they now had an increased interest in pursuing engineering in college and beyond. Collegiate and professional volunteers expressed their enthusiasm at being able to share their experiences in the engineering career path with a new generation of potential engineering students. The ladies of Philly and UPenn SWE had a great time hosting the event, and are already looking forward to next year’s event!


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Penn SWE: Yoga & Yogurt

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This month, some of the members of Penn’s undergraduate SWE chapter got together for a little pre-midterms stress reliever. Several of the budding engineers came out for our Yoga & Yogurt event as a chance to wind down and indulge with their fellow female engineers.

First, the ladies gathered at the university gym for a private yoga session designed for all levels of yoga-connoisseurs. Afterwards, the group walked the few blocks to Kiwi, a campus favorite frozen yogurt shop. The women rewarded themselves for their hard work, both in the classroom and on the mat, with a frozen treat of flavors and toppings crafted just for them. The event was a great chance for these hard working ladies to kick back and discuss how the fall semester is going with their female engineering peers.

– Allison Higgins, Activities & Communications Co-Chair, Penn SWE


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NJIT SWE: Mentoring Partnership with NCE

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NJIT SWE launched a Mentoring Program on November 15, 2012 in collaboration with the Newark College of Engineering (NCE). Both SWE and NCE share a similar goal of increasing the enrollement and retention of women students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields at NJIT. The SWE-NCE Mentorship Program has created a network between undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and industry partners. Here is the mentoring structure:

mentoring1Our industry mentors belong to companies such as Deloitt, ExxonMobil, Alcatel Lucent, Bristol Meyer’s Squibb, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, Paramount Pictures, and FM Global. Students reported that they received critical career guidance which helped them obtaining research opportunities, internships and full time jobs. The SWE+NCE Mentoring Program is the only program at NJIT which brings people from different stages in their careers in the same group, which can explain why it was a huge success!

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With the continued support of NCE, interest from students and mentors, NJIT SWE will continue to conduct this event annually in the future and to continue our efforts to help women students on campus. We are looking forward to growing this program and encouraging more women students to pursue their careers in engineering!

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— Masroor Khan, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) SWE


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NJIT SWE: “Wow! That’s Engineering” Educational Outreach

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On April 12, the Society of Women Engineers at NJIT hosted a “Wow! That’s Engineering” outreach event titled “Innovation through Imagination”. NJIT SWE was awarded a grant by ExxonMobil through the nation SWE grant competition for K-12 outreach programs. This event hosted 55 students from the seventh grade class of the Newark Early College High School (NECHS) and six of their chaperones. SWE volunteers helped students engage in many STEM related projects which were aimed to promote different disciplines of engineering such as computer, aeronautical, electrical, mechanical, and biomedical engineering.

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Some projects that students worked on together with their classmates were building their own moon habitat, flashlight, robotic arm and much more. This event was a great success; many students enjoyed the projects they worked on and expressed their interest in engineering or science! We look forward to hosting another “Wow! That’s Engineering” outreach this year and to continue on promoting engineering to many young girls!

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— Masroor Khan, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) SWE


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Drexel SWE: TechGirlz and Comcast Collaboration

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On Saturday, July 13, Drexel Society of Women Engineers hosted fifteen girls from local Philadelphia schools for a podcasting workshop in collaboration with TechGirlz and Comcast. The event was a success in that many girls reported having no interest in STEM prior to that day, but left asking about future workshops and STEM opportunities.

The workshop was led by Sherita Ceasar, Vice President of Engineering at Comcast and the first African American President of National SWE. Other leaders at the workshop included Amie Ryno, a University Relations manager at Comcast; Kiely Hall, a technical recruiter for the NETO intern program at Comcast; and eight Drexel SWE officers and members.

The 5th to 8th grade girls learned the full process of making a podcast using Audacity recording software. They brainstormed ideas and learned to work together to write good scripts for broadcast. The girls then learned how to make edits to their recording by cutting out unwanted material and adding music to their podcast. Once complete, their work was shared and saved for the girls to take home and further explore their new skill.

Some of the girls already knew how to program and want to learn more, requesting information on Java, C++, and HTML. We hope to be the resource to help them to continue to grow and develop these skills. Drexel SWE looks forward to doing more outreach events with Comcast and Techgirlz!

See more pictures from the exciting, interactive event below:

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— Samantha Schneider, Secretary, Drexel SWE