SWE officers at UCR had lunch with faculty advisers on October 14th. It is a quarterly event happened in the beginning of every quarter that SWE officers can get opportunities to know more about our advisers by talking about our plans, goals, and achievements for the quarter while having lunch together.
Since it is the beginning of the school year, we were especially excited to introduce our new officers to our advisers and to share our summer experiences to each other. Some of us shared their wonderful internship experiences about what and how much they learned through their internships. Some of us talked about their summer classes. Then, we started discussing how SWE could get more members and help them academically and professionally, and our advisers encouraged us and sometimes gave us tips and advice to organize events or workshops. Our advisers especially liked Bourns Engineering Day which SWE’s biggest event of the year to encourage young girl scouts and kids to learn about science and engineering by demonstrating fun activities to them.
- Nikita Haridoss
On October 10, 2014, outreach planned an event for a high school robotics team. Our goal for High School Day was to show the importance of engineering. We had a presentation on what engineering is, and how it impacts our everyday life. Also, we wanted to promote UCR’s wonderful Engineering department to prospective undergraduates by presenting students’ projects. A graduate student gave the presentation about visual sounds. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers gave a presentation on their project, the unmanned aerial vehicle. During all these presentations, the students were very engaged by taking notes, and asking questions. Finally, snacks along with goody bags were provided to the guests.
- Nikita Haridoss
The Society of Women Engineer at UCR’s first general meeting this quarter was our annual ice cream social. The ice cream social is a chance for members to mingle with each other as well as learn more about SWE as an organization. The meeting started with updates from our chapter president on everything we accomplished over the summer and all the events we have planned for the year. Then everyone participated in an ice breaker that allowed them to get to one another other in a fun way. All the attendees split into groups and demonstrated their own rendition of a human rocket ship. Everyone had a blast gathering together in rocket ship formation. After much deliberation, the winners were chosen and got to be first in line for the main event: getting ice cream! The line went out the door as everyone waited to grab their favorite flavor of ice cream and choice of condiments.
Overall, the ice cream social was a fun and yummy way for new members to get acquainted with each other as well as old members to hang out and catch up.
- Nikita Haridoss
CSULB’s annual Evening with Industry had a tremendous turnout, including over one-hundred attendees. We had the honor of hosting many representatives from different engineering companies and multiple disciplines: Turner, Chevron, Casco Contractors Incorporated, Boeing, Clark Construction, Raytheon, So Cal Edison, Fluor, So Cal Gas Company, Northrop Grumman, and T-Mobile.
Engineering students had a chance to network with professionals on a more personal level. The evening also featured a panel of guest speakers, including some former CSULB members who are now successful professionals.
Thank you to our section’s industry chair, Ruby Granillo, and all the executive board for working so hard to make this event successful; we also would like to thank the faculty from the college of engineering for their continuous support.
- Marianne Gonzalez
Preparing for any type of conference or professional event can be stressful and overwhelming.
Just among the SWE officers alone, people were scrambling to finalize the details of their resumes, attire, travel plans, and goals for the conference. The primary objective, for most of the attendees, was to be successful at the career fair, which housed over 250 companies.
It is well known that people get hired at this conference for both internships and full-time positions—so the pressure was on. It is difficult not to go in with a definition of success dictated by the number of resumes recruiters keep or the number of business cards exchanged.
However, it is easy to find comfort in the fact that this conference will not be faced alone: there are many other people out there just as scared and nervous as you are.
So, if you plan to attend a conference any time soon, please note the following disclaimer.
Common side effects include but are not limited to: lack of sleep, excess coffee drinking, lapses in memory, and overall craziness. It is not recommended that conference attendees operate heavy machinery for expensive periods of time. Relying on cell phones can be quite unreliable and may prove counterproductive.
- Danielle Bacon, UC Riverside
On November 7, the University of Utah SWE hosted our second annual Girl Scout Night Jr! This year’s theme for our Girl Scout nights is Robots Rock, exploring the wonderful world of robotics and the parts that make them. Our four activities were programming robots, making magnetic motors, create a hydraulic arm, and exploring the world of aerodynamics.
75 girls and over 25 parents and troops leaders joined us for the evening. We started with our traditional tabling in our lobby, with 7 different groups hosting tables on everything from mining to competition robots. Two professional engineering societies also joined us: Greater Salt Lake SWE and Greater Salt Lake IEEE.
Girls absolutely enjoyed the event. Many of the young girls said that they were now thinking about science and engineering, even if they hadn’t thought about it before. The adults enjoyed the night too. They loved the education on STEM activities at home, and enjoyed their take home information, like programming websites and borax for polymers.
All in all, it was a great event. We are excited to continue working with the Girl Scouts, and look forward to many more years of events!
October 23rd to 25th, the nation chapter of Society of Women Engineers hosted its annual conference, WE14, in downtown Los Angeles at the Convention Center. This year’s theme was A Global Exchange for Change and also hosted the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES16). Over 7000 people came from different states and even different countries to participate in the three day conference celebrating women in STEM.
Over the duration of the conference there were numerous workshops running each day on topics such as K-12 Outreach, Career & Life Transitions, Management & Strategy, and Inclusion & Cultural Awareness.
Thursday included a Region B meeting where our chapter’s president, Brenda Pena, and vice president, Odalys Garau, attended to get important updates about other collegiate sections. Thursday night also had the Career Fair opening and gave attendees a chance to meet with companies and get invited to Hospitality Suites. At the hospitality suites, attendees got to interact with recruiters in a more casual setting over food and refreshments.
Friday’s main event was the career fair where over 250 companies were recruiting for internships and full time employees. Over 20 UCR students attended the career fair on Friday. Several students went to the career fair and were asked to interview that same afternoon. At least two UCR students got full time jobs and at least one UCR student got offered a summer internship position.
On Saturday, there was a more relaxed atmosphere. The pressure of networking with companies was over and there was more time to attend workshops. Northrup Grumman hosted it’s annual Women Defining the Future Collegiate Luncheon. Over 150 Northrup Grumman employees joined with over 700 SWE collegiates for a lunch which included listening to a panel discussion of 6 Northrup Engineers who are at different stages in their careers.
Our president Brenda Pena also participated on the Region B team for SME Bowl. The Subject Matter Expert (SME) Bowl is a small, friendly academic competition in which each region of the SWE national organization is represented by a group of fellow undergrad engineers that vie for the title of SME Bowl Champs, which also comes with bragging rights and cash prizes. The SME Bowl is sponsored annually at the conference by Exon Mobile and challenges young engineers in all areas of mathematics and science to show off their academic skills by answering multiple choice questions through teamwork.
The competition proceeded as per usual with Region B taking every round they played by a landslide. Region B was undefeated until the very end of the competition when they played against Region D. Region D had already lost once previously, and third place had already been claimed by Region C. So it was between B and D, and one could feel the excitement was growing in the audience. They played through the fourteen questions and Region D took the round. However, there was another round to be played because this was Region B’s first loss. It all came down to the last question of the last round. It was a tie! It went into sudden death. It was Region D’s turn to answer, and they answered wrong. This was the shining moment when Region B stole the question, answered correctly, and won the match along with the entire tournament! It was truly a moment to behold as the audience burst into cheers and congratulatory screams of joy. We were so proud of our president and our region to have placed now 3 years running and to have won the grand prize of two-thousand dollars for the region and one-hundred dollars for each individual participant. Many thanks again to Exon Mobile and SWE Nationals for putting this competition on, and congrats once again to Region B for winning the SME Bowl! Overall, the conference was a great experience for everyone in our SWE chapter who attended.
- Odalys Garau, Noelle Parker