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WE17: Always Connecting, Always Engineering

We are only 41 days from the start of WE17, the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology! WE16 had 308 exhibitors and a record number of 11,724 attendees gather in Philadelphia, PA – let’s break this record!


Early bird registration ends Sunday, September 24, 2017! Registration is broken down into the following categories: exhibitor, professional, collegiate and virtual. Professional and collegiate members- be sure your FY18 membership is renewed for additional savings on registration. The full breakdown of fees can be found HERE and the link for online registration can be found HERE.

Travel and Housing

This year’s WE Conference will be held in Austin, TX. Check out the provided travel information and housing affiliated with WE17. There are plenty of hotels in the downtown Austin area that provide shuttle service to the Austin Convention Center as well as Uber and Lyft services.

Career Fair, Exhibitors and Events

This year, the career fair will be open longer than ever before. The full list of exhibitors can be found HERE and the schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct 26:

  • 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m (Opening Reception + Career Fair)

Friday, Oct 27:

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Professionals Only)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Open to both Collegiates and Professionals)

Hospitality suites will take place after 8PM on Thursday and are hosted by companies such as Accenture, Dell and Boeing! All events (including workshops and talks) can be found on the conference planner online; a mobile app is also available for iPhone and Android and logging in with your Registration ID can allow synchronization of events (and their times/locations) you save online.

The Region E Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 12:45-1:45PM in the Convention Center, Room 16A. Please join us as we will be discussing region governance updates!

In addition, there are many on site services available for conference attendees, such as child care and the resource center.


There are a number of volunteer opportunities available at WE17 to help with logistics, the career fair, registration and more! Spots are limited and are done on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers may receive 50% off registration fees. For more details, click HERE.

Still have questions?

Check out the frequently asked questions and these SWE webinars for making the best out of your WE experience:

Hope to see you all in Austin!


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Welcome FY18 Leaders!

Congratulations and welcome to all FY18 Leaders and members! We are excited to kick off another SWE Fiscal Year and pleased to announce our Region Officers, Committee Chairs and Collegiate Leadership Team:

Amanda Weissman, Governor
Cassandra Zook, Lt. Governor
Cathleen Saunders, Secretary
Susan Best, Treasurer

Gail Dyer & Alexis Wasserman, Professional Senators
Susan Best & Sandra Hyland, Bylaws
Beth Mellott, Nominating
Andrea Stenberg, Society Nominating Comm Rep
Sue Parsons, LCC Region Leader

Dhanu Thiyagarajan, Collegiate Senator
Madelyn Langin & Maissoun Ksara, Region Collegiate Representatives
Emily Ng, Collegiate Communications Editor
Emily Bautista, Sophia Blanc & Kristine Loh, SWE Future Leaders

Please feel free to reach out to members of this team for any questions or concerns you may have via email. In addition, be sure to utilize these resources from to get started on the upcoming year:

  • Not sure where to start in your section or career? Check out the resources available online HERE where you will find free podcasts, diversity & inclusion resources and the career center!
  • Interested in becoming a member and joining the SWE community? Collegiate membership starts at just $20/year and offers various opportunities in webinars, scholarships and development. Graduate and professional memberships are also available! Find out more by clicking HERE!
  • Learn more about Region E and the different collegiate and professional sections by clicking HERE. Get involved with your local section!

Again, welcome to FY18 and have a great start to the year!

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Approaching Deadlines: Nominate a FY18 SWEFL & Vote for FY18 Collegiate Leaders

Nominate a FY18 SWEFL

Nominations for the FY’18 SWE Future Leader (SWEFL) Program are now open and can be completed HERE! The deadline to nominate a collegiate member is Friday, March 31, 2017.

The eligibility criteria for nominees includes:

  • Must have at least two years left of a current degree program (i.e. freshmen and sophomores for undergraduates or 1st/2nd year graduate students going for a doctorate)
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Should be active collegiate members of the Society
  • Must have a current SWE membership and be in good standing

Collegiates who have been previously selected as SWEFLs are not eligible to be nominated. The nominee should not be on study abroad during her term as a SWEFL, so that she may be an active participant in her regional team.

SWEFLs will be given the opportunity to expand their leadership skills and SWE knowledge throughout the year via professional development opportunities, mentoring relationships and acceptance into the Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI) at the WE17 Annual Conference. At the conference, SWEFLs will join other collegiate leadership in professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

Nominators should have an established relationship with the nominee that permits detailed insight into the nominee’s leadership potential and interest in the Society. The nominator cannot be the nominee herself. Nominators are not required to be members of SWE, but should have some knowledge of the Society to understand the value of the program and the Society’s goals. Examples of past nominators include professors, counselors and SWE section presidents.

The nominee will receive a request for follow up information after the nomination form is complete and submitted. Please make sure the nominee’s contact information is correct and monitored. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Vote for FY18 Collegiate Leaders

The deadline is quickly approaching to vote for FY18 Collegiate Leaders. Voting is done electronically and limited to one vote per collegiate section in good standing. The deadline to elect the following positions is March 31 at noon central time:

  • Collegiate Director
  • Collegiate Senator (RCS)
  • Region Collegiate Representatives (RCR)
  • Region Collegiate Communication Editor (RCCE)

Please review the collegiate director candidate statements and videos for both Ingrid Arambula and Ruth Williams. Each Region Nominating Committee sets its process for selecting FY18 RCR, RCCE, and RCS candidates. Please refer to the Collegiate Elections Overview for key responsibilities of each role. Then review the documents below containing candidate statements and photos for each RCR, RCCE, and RCS candidate for our Region E.

Remember that each section is only allowed to vote once, so please review the candidate statements with your section and then submit one vote on behalf of the entire section. Please note that only section presidents have received an email with the link to vote. Election results will be announced by April 15.

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2017 SWE Mid-Atlantic Region Conference: Recap!

From Friday, February 24th to Sunday, February 26th, the Greater Syracuse Area SWE and the Region E Conference Planning Committee welcomed our members to Syracuse, New York for the 2017 SWE Mid-Atlantic Region Conference. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and learn from SWE members from all across our region and to expand their network and build connections. The packed schedule included an interactive networking reception, informative workshops, motivating keynote speakers, and a career and graduate school fair that featured nearly 25 participants. The inspiring conference concluded with an awards and recognition banquet to honor SWE members and sections. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Outstanding Mentor: Karolina DuBois

Governor’s Choice: New Jersey

Communications Media: Philadelphia

Outstanding Collegiate Section 2nd Place: Rochester Institute of Technology

Outstanding Collegiate Section 1st Place: Rutgers University

Membership Award- Collegiate Small Section: SUNY at Stonybrook

Membership Award- Collegiate Large Section: Syracuse University

Membership Award- Professional Small Section: Lehigh Valley

Membership Award- Professional Large Section: Philadelphia

We hope that the last SWE Mid-Atlantic Region Conference was enjoyable and rewarding and we look forward to seeing everyone at WE17 in Austin, Texas this October!

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Approaching Deadline: Don’t miss out on a SWE Scholarship!

For all of you who weren’t aware of our lovely SWE Scholarships, the deadline is coming soon (yikes!). You have until February 15th to make sure your application is complete. Need some help? This blog post has you covered.

First and foremost, it is important to check your eligibility before you even start the application. The eligibility criteria includes:

  • Must be a woman
  • Must be a sophomore or above
  • Undergraduate applicants must be planning to study in an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing
  • Graduate level students must be enrolled at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must not be fully funded for tuition, books, fees, or equivalent

Second, make sure your resume is up to date! Your new experiences, grades, involvements should be included to make sure you have the most up to date resume possible.

Third, and in my opinion the hardest part, is the short essay question. The word limit is 350 words asking why you want to be an engineer or computer scientist. The best way to tackle this is to first brainstorm. Write about your childhood, or how you first got introduced to engineering. Try to remember a particular event, if any, that sparked your interest in the field you are pursuing. Then just allow yourself to write, put it away, write again, while taking breaks in between! And don’t forget to have someone look over it for you for advice.

Lastly, two recommendation letters are required for the application. The first one should be from a professor and the second from a personal reference (outside the family). Before asking for recommendations, make sure you allow enough time for your recommendors to write the letters! Once it gets close to the deadline, it is important to remind them and thank them for their time.

For more information, check out this helpful video on a step by step process through the application. Don’t sweat it, and good luck!


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Drexel SWE: Science After Hours at The Franklin Institute

Over the past few months, Drexel SWE has been involved with a special evening events series with The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This series is reserved for adults 21+ and features some awesome experiments, including games and demonstrations through a collaborative effort between the Institute and organizations in the city.

Each evening showcases a different experiment or topic, and participants are able to enjoy live performances, a cash bar, and some pretty cool hands-on spaces. Needless to say, the Science After Hours are extremely fun and engaging!

Drexel SWE has volunteered at several of these events, which are the Treasure Hunt on July 12th, Don’t Try this at Home on August 9th, Wizard School on September 20th (which was SOLD OUT!), and the Prime Time Crime event on November 15th.

Below are several event descriptions that summarize what happened at these events:

The theme, Don’t Try This At Home,  was a smashing success! We had a blast seeing what liquid nitrogen would do to different objects.

The outcomes:
– The raquetballs became glasslike and attendees got to smash them on the floor!
– The balloon animals shrunk when dipped in the liquid nitrogen, but did go back to normal once they were taken out and warmed back up to room temperature.
– And finally, the bananas dipped in liquid nitrogen became strong enough to be used as hammers to nail nails into a board.


For the Wizard School event on September 20th, both Temple SWE and Drexel SWE had a mystical night volunteering at the sold out Science After Hours! Temple SWE joined and gave a helping hand throughout the event, which was much appreciated. Throughout the packed magic-themed night, volunteers taught surface tension and interference with a dry ice crystal ball and rainbow nail polish transfigurations. Our 18 volunteers enjoyed popping smokey bubbles and making art using clear nail polish with the many attendees!
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 Finally, on November 15th, Drexel SWE had a great time volunteering at the Franklin In
stitute for November’s Science After Hours: Prime Time Crime. Volunteers taught participants how to pick a lock and the various mechanisms that allow a lock to function and keep people safe. Even though one of our lock picking kits broke, our 10 volunteers still had an awesome time picking locks!
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For more information on the Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours event series, click here. You can reach Drexel SWE by emailing them at!

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Meet the RCT!

The Region Collegiate Team is composed of four collegiate and four professional members who collaborate on a regional level to make ideas come to reality. The team meets monthly to discuss items on a collegiate level and what can be done to help them out. With that being said, who is behind the Region Collegiate Team this year?

Kristen Poole, Region Collegiate Representative (RCR)

My name is Kristen Poole, I am a senior Civil Engineering Major at Villanova University, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. My role is Region Collegiate Representative, and I act as a liaison between the collegiate sections and the region/society level. I also help plan region collegiate events like SWEet Summits. What I love about SWE is all the opportunities to meet inspiring female engineers. Outside of classes and SWE, I am a very active equestrian. I also enjoy hiking and reading if I ever get a spare moment.
Mona Patel, Region Collegiate Representative (RCR)
My name is Mona Patel and I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. I’m currently studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) . My focus is in the biotech industry and I hope to be leader of other female engineers one day! (Website-
I serve as the Region Collegiate Representative (RCR) for Region E. My job is to be the liaison for collegiate chapters within the Region E. I love the connections I have made being a SWE member. You meet so many people who are very talented! Outside of SWE, I used to Model in my free time but with school being my number one priority, I’ve had to switch over to naps! I consider napping as a hobby of mine.
Madelyn Langin, Region Collegiate Senator (RCS)
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I am a junior Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Delaware. I am originally from Massachusetts. As the Region E Collegiate Senator, I am responsible for representing the interest of the region’s collegiate sections in the senate. I work with both professional senators and fellow collegiate senators throughout the year. As a group, the senate is responsible for creating amendments to the Society’s bylaws and voting on them. With the many changes happening at the Society level, it is safe to say that this has been a busy year so far for the senate. We meet as a group twice a year, once at the National Conference and again over the winter. At this past National Conference we voted on several motions, including a change to the qualifications of candidates for the position of collegiate director. 

I love that my connection to SWE has allowed me to meet such incredible people. At the section level, our membership is quite small but I’ve been a part of the eboard since my freshmen year and I’ve loved every minute of it. SWE has given me the confidence to pursue leadership experiences I never would have gone for in the past. The opportunities in the RCT and Senate have allowed me to grow as a leader and meet amazing fellow SWE members.

Maissoun Ksara, Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE)


My name is Maissoun Ksara and I am a junior at Drexel University working towards a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and have moved to Philadelphia to start my college career at Drexel! In the RCT, I am the Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE). I am responsible for communicating SWE events and best practices through the Region blog and other social media networks. I love going to SWE conferences, both regional and society level, and getting to meet all kinds of incredible women! Networking is definitely one of my favorite parts about SWE because I believe that everyone has valuable advice and experiences to share. Outside of SWE, I love traveling to different countries and exploring what our beautiful world has to offer. I play a lot of sports (beach volleyball is my favorite) and love trying out different cuisines!

Stephanie Tu, SWE Future Leader (SWEFL)

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My name is Stephanie Tu and I’m from Somerset, New Jersey. I am a sophomore at Rutgers University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. At Rutgers, I am heavily involved with our SWE chapter and serve as the treasurer.

In the Region E RCT, I serve as one of the two SWE Future Leaders (SWEFLs). Through this role, I am able to work on a lot of projects for the region. I was able to help with making a database of active SWE collegiate chapters in the region. I am also able to give feedback on what collegiate sections want to see at events like SWEet Summits and Regional Conference.

I really enjoy being involved with SWE because it is such a great support network to be a part of. It has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people, from members at my collegiate chapter, to SWE members at the regional and national conferences. I look forward to meeting many more people in the future through SWE. When I’m not working on anything for SWE, I like to play tennis and run.

Brittany Reed, SWE Future Leader (SWEFL)


My name is Brittany Reed. I was born and raised in Albany, NY and am currently a junior in Syracuse University’s bioengineering program.I am one of the two SWEFL’s in the region. I attend monthly conference calls with other SWEFL’s around the nation and use what I learn to develop my collegiate section. I love the extensive support network and community! During my free time, I like to dance ballet along with scoping out quaint coffee shops.

Amanda Weissman, Lieutenant Governor

My name is Amanda Weissman and I am the Region E Lieutenant Governor. I am also the Product Manager in Customer Experience at Comcast in Philadelphia, PA. I am a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Materials Science in Engineering. Additionally, I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Systems Engineering. As part of the RCT, I work with all members of the RCT to plan and achieve their goals. I love all the inspiring and amazing women I meet in SWE! For fun, I am a hobbyist genealogist, aspiring astrophotographer, and am currently learning taekwondo along with spending time with my husband and toddler.