During the first week of Fall quarter, or “0 week,” undergraduate students typically attend the Enormous Activities Fair, an event for exploring hundreds of student groups at our school. The SWE-UCLA chapter was there! We set up our poster board on a table, printed flyers explaining the benefits of becoming involved in SWE-UCLA, and provided an opportunity for interested undergraduates to sign up for our email list which allows people to obtain information about our events. SWE-UCLA executive board officers collectively interacted with hundreds of potential new members by handing out flyers, informing people of our first general meeting, and explaining the various aspects of SWE-UCLA including professional development, outreach, and social events. Approximately 130 people signed up for our email list, which indicates a high interest level in SWE-UCLA amongst new and continuing undergraduates! Despite the hot sun, bustling activity, and enormous amounts of people, many engineering and science students–both women and men–took the first step in getting involved in SWE.
- Christina Daniel, UCLA
In past years, the Society of Women Engineers at the Embry-Riddle campus has been pretty small. We have a small campus (roughly 1,800) and the membership always averaged about 7 regular members. In order to be a successful organization, ERAU SWE needed a change. This past year, the ERAU SWE Board revamped their mission and goals. Instead of focusing on planning events for the community, they first wanted the organization to focus on growing internally.
Along with having our first male ERAU SWE President, the organization also began sub-committees. The three main focuses of the organization had become: research, competition, and outreach. The majority of the members had joined the research or competition committees hoping to learn more in their areas of interest. This was extremely beneficial to the freshman, who would not normally be given hands-on experience until their junior years. By the end of last year, the organization 15 regular members.
Having these goals had helped the few members of SWE focus on areas of growth instead of trying to accomplish what large SWE organizations can achieve on large campuses. The ERAU SWE board believed that having an organization with clearly defined goals will then translate to being able to help the community. This can be seen by starting off the year strong with 30 students, both male and female, attending every meeting. While it may not be much to large campuses, to the small Embry-Riddle campus with time-consuming classes, this is a step in the right direction.
- Dadija Bliudzius, ERUA
Hello SWE ladies,
We had a problem with our conference call this morning. The RCRs apologize for this problem and will work to prevent it from happening again. Due to this issue, we will be giving all sections points for attendance. The passcode for the survey is sleep, in case you want to fill it out, but everyone will receive points.
I have attached the slides that I went through at approximately 11:30 pm after learning about this issue with the call. You can find them here, and presidents will receive an email of the slides and an additionally apology.
Our upcoming calls, all at 10 am Pacific Time (11 am Mountain) will be:
- November 16
- December 21
- January 18
- February 15
- March 15
- April 19
- May 17
Again, we sincerely apologize for this issue, and we hope to see all of your sections at Annual Conference, in the Region B meeting, Thursday from 12:45 to 3:45 in Room 406A at the LA Convention Center. We will be taking attendance around 2:50 pm, during the Collegiate only portion of the meeting.
Thank you for your understanding, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns,
Region B Collegiate Team.
This month’s hot topic is the buzz about annual conference: WE14!
What is annual conference? Annual conference is a society-wide SWE meeting. It includes a career fair, hundreds of talks and presentations, socials, dinners, and more. It’s a great chance to network, to find that job or internship you’ve been dreaming of, and to learn tons of new information, from outreach goals to technical tips.
This year, annual conference will be held in Los Angelos, October 22-23. WE14 will kick off with the iScream social, with a costume contest and Halloween treats. Thursday is chock full of sessions and awesome opportunities, include the collegiate welcome lunch, the region meetings, the opening ceremony, and the career fair kick-off. Friday continues with even more sessions, the career fair in full swing, and the collegiate leaders reception. Saturday marks the last day of the conference, with more sessions, the WE14 outreach event – Invent It, Build It, the collegiate leadership luncheon, the SME bowl, and Celebrate SWE, including the free post-dinner dance party!
Why should you go to WE14?
- The Career Fair – hundreds of companies looking to hire female engineers, for internships and jobs. There is also a career center on site, for resume tips and free printing.
- The hundreds of awesome sessions. These sessions are a great way to spark your interest and excitement about SWE. Learn tons about all aspects of engineering, from leadership seminars by industry leaders to interactive sessions with the CLCC, from SWE membership tips to technical talks on the newest engineering projects.
- The networking. With thousands of SWE members from all around the nation and world, you will meet hundreds of people who share your interest. It’s a great way to meet professionals and collegiates.
- The excellent keynotes. With every luncheon and reception having a keynote, the speakers inspire you to leadership, excellence, and embracing engineering
How do I go to WE14?
- You can get to LA by plane, train or automobile. Airport: LAX. Interstates: I5, I15 and I10. Trains: Amtrak.
- There any tons of hotels surrounding the conference center. WE14 even has special hotels designated for conference attendees here. Additionally, section presidents can stay in special housing. Sections received an email about this housing earlier this year.
- LA has an extensive metro and bus system. There are also multiple shuttle options that go to and from the airport, and LA also has taxi services.
We all know what cardboard does in water, so why not create cardboard boats and race them across a pool?
Our Cardboard Regatta this year was a huge success! We had 5 teams build boats and compete (sink or swim) for the first place prize of NMT SWE t-shirts and year long bragging rights. About 70 people showed up to watch the festivities, ask questions, and learn how to get involved with SWE. Everyone had fun getting wet and cheering on their team as well as indulging in free snowcones.
A special thanks to BHP Billiton for their cardboard donations and to the Student Activities Board for hosting the pool party and the snowcones.
On October 9th, SWE-UCLA hosted our first General Meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. Approximately 90 undergraduates were in attendance for the presentation portion of the meeting. The presentation included SWE-UCLA’s officers and upcoming events to potential new members, and committee sign-ups were provided for those interested. Undergraduates can join the Outreach, Major, Evening with Industry, and Team Tech committees.
Following the presentation was a social with UCLA’s GradSWE chapter. 20 graduate students joined the undergraduate students for a spaghetti and marshmallow bridge building contest, accompanied with pizza and dessert. The winning group won brand new SWE-UCLA shirts!
On September 24th, we held our fourth annual Evening with Industry, a networking dinner for students and professionals. This year we were fortunate to have thirteen companies attend: Autoliv, BD Medical, Chevron, EMC, GE Healthcare, Goldman Sachs, KBR, Questar, Sandia National Labs, Schlumberger, Space Dynamics Lab, T.D. Williamson, and WesTech. Over 75 engineering students had the opportunity to eat with two companies of their choice – one over dinner, and another during dessert.
The vast majority of the students registered for the dinner online in advance, which allowed them the chance to submit their resume to the company representatives. Resumes were given to the companies on USB drives at the event in order to simplify their recruiting process. The event was quite a success, with more than 100% increase in attendance from the previous year, and a great new venue on campus overlooking the Salt Lake Valley.
Extensive advertising was a big reason for the event’s popularity. In addition to posting flyers around campus, we made announcements in several classrooms, contacted professors and academic advisors, and reached out to other engineering student groups. We also strategically scheduled the event to be held the day after the University’s Science and Engineering Career Fair, in order to get companies involved during the start of the recruiting season. With great feedback from both company representatives and students, we’re looking forward to growing the event bigger next year!