Saili Raje – Region Collegiate Representative (RCR),
Rising senior at UC Santa Barbara (I like long walks on the beach!) I’ve been involved in SWE at a collegiate level ever since my first year as Freshman Representative and have worked as the Internal Vice President ever since. I’m excited to serve as one of Region B’s RCRs in order to work with/get to know all the Region B sections.
A little about me:
- I’m predominantly involved with two organizations on campus–SWE & IEEE–and very big on cross-org collaboration
- I like sporadically scrapbooking my life every now and then
- I like Google Image searching “bad taxidermy” and laughing really hard
- I am a computer engineer because I didn’t want to chose between hardware and software so I panicked and it was probably one of the best decisions of my life
- In my free time I am: watching movies and/or Game of Thrones


Meet the Region Collegiate Team!

Cinthya Mendez – Region Collegiate Representative (RCR), cimendez@calpoly.edu7_25_14 Cinthya
I’m a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. My involvement in SWE began my second year in college as a volunteer with the girl scout robotics program and I haven’t stopped being involved in SWE since! I have really loved volunteering and helping improve our SWE section that I wanted to be the RCR to assist other collegiate sections with theirs. I hope to work with you in the future, and if you need help with anything please don’t hesistate to contact me. Thanks!

Meet the Region Collegiate Team!

Olivia Leonhardt – Region Collegiate Senator (RCS)IMG_20130917_200002
I am a Junior in Mechanical Engineering at Utah State University. I joined the Society of Women Engineers my Sophomore year because of the organizations drive to inspire women to pursue math and science. I feel that the engineering field is in great need of females and SWE appears to feel the same way. My first officer position was Vice President of Corporate Affairs and I enjoyed it immensely. My time away from homework is spent outdoors doing any active activity possible. My favorite outdoor time is during the winter when I can pull out my snowboard and hit the slopes.

Meet the Region Collegiate Team!

Hello Region B collegiates.  Today we will be starting a series of blog posts to introduce the FY15 RCT.  If you are looking for more information on the roles of the members of our RCT, please refer to the Region FAQ page.  First, I’d like to introduce myself, so you can get to know the author of the blog for this year.

Steffi Lietzke – Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE),  rcce-b@swe.orgDSC_7389

I’m a junior in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah.  I got involved with SWE as a freshman, as the University of Utah’s Outreach Committee Co-chair.  I have been involved with SWE outreach ever since, and I absolutely love it!  Working with Girl Scouts is my favorite, and I have made so many amazing connections doing outreach.  I wanted to be the RCCE so that I could help connect the collegiate sections to each other.  After college, I hope to go either to medical school or to do a PhD in Oncological science.  In my free time I enjoy photography, playing with cats, and reading.  I hope you enjoy reading my blog posts and please contact me with any questions or problems about the blog.

Collegiate Leadership Institute at WE14

The Collegiate Leadership institute is a three day set of sessions specially designed to prepare collegiate SWE members to become leaders in engineering and in their section.  Each day there will be two or three sessions, which should be highly interactive.  All of the speakers and facilitators selected for the Institute are noted experts in the area of leadership and career development.  Curriculum with focus on communication skills, emotional intelligence, leading teams, effective negotiation, and preparing for and transitioning to the workforce.

Speaker highlights include:

  • Keynote presenter will be Jessica Matthews: Co-founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Inc.  She is the recipient of numerous awards professionally for her work at Uncharted Play.  She was invited to sign that America Invents Act with President Obama and serves as the Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria.

Criteria for participation:

  • Active collegiate members of the Society
  • Exhibit strong leadership potential
  • Aspire to take on leadership and executive roles within their career
  • Aspire to be a catalyst for change in the world
  • Intellectually curious

Space is limited to 40 attendees, so we can only accommodate up to three women from a given university.  This is a free opportunity for any collegiate conference attendee, so don’t hesitate to apply.  You will also receive priority scheduling at career counseling.

Apply online here. Email with any questions about CLI.

Welcome to FY15!

Welcome to this FY15, which started July 1st and runs through June 30th of 2015.  With this new year (and our new look), we welcome a new Regional Collegiate Team.

Region Collegiate Senator (RCS): Olivia Leonhardt, Utah State

Region Collegiate Representatives (RCRs): Cinthya Mendez, Cal Poly SLO, and Saili Raje, UC Santa Barbara

Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE): Steffi Lietzke, University of Utah

SWEFLs: Janice See, UCLA and Laura Alley, University of Utah

In the coming month or so, we will take the time to introduce all of these lovely ladies on this blog.  Please comment with any questions you think we should answer, silly or serious. Examples: What’s your major? What would you do with a million dollars? If you could live on Mars, would you? What are you most looking forward to at WE14 in Los Angelos this fall?

A New Look for Region B Blog

As we move into a new financial year, Region B blog is debating a makeover.  We want your input though.  Take a look at some of the proposed themes below and pick your favorite.  You can select to have the blog remain the same.

EDIT: Zoren was the winner of our poll, which is what the layout was changed to at the end of July.  Thank you for your participation!