Hot Topic: Applying for SWE Awards

While the deadline for region awards has passed, now if the time to start thinking about applying for national awards. SWE offers individual, section, and region awards.  You can read all of the award descriptions and exact details at These will be handed out at WE15.  Some award winners will be announced early (and published in SWE magazine), but others are kept secret until Celebrate SWE!

Individual Awards:

Individual awards are due March 31st. There are 18 total individual awards, and collegiates are eligible for the Collegiate Members awards, of which up to 10 are awarded nationally. Collegiates can also nominate their counselor and faculty adviser for awards.

You can read the details of the Collegiate awards in this file, but here are the basics of the individual award:

  • Complete the online application off the SWE website
  • A 1250 word formal statement
  • A photo and short biography
  • 2-3 letters of support
  • A verification of academic standing

Individual members can also submit technical posters for competition.

Section Awards:

Entire sections can also win awards, for overall excellence or for specific programs.  These are due July 1st.

In what catagories can sections win?

  • Outstanding Collegiate Section/Outstanding New Collegiate Section – Due May 31
  • Communication
  • Membership
  • Multiculturalism
  • Outreach Programs/Events
  • Professional Development Programs/Events

You can download the award packets separately for each catagory on the website above, when they are posted for the current financial year (FY15).

Tips and Tricks

  • Start early. That gives you lots of time to work on your packet and get lots of input.
  • Read ALL of the requirements.  That way you won’t be scrambling for a last minute letter of recommendation.
  • Since the section award instruction aren’t out yet, keep events fresh by writing summaries of them and holding on to survey results, pictures, and other notes.
  • Edit! Make sure your spelling and grammar aren’t the reason that you lose out on an award.



Reminder: End of Year Reports, Competitions and Awards

Hey guys, sorry there hasn’t been much posts lately.  I guess that happens at the end of the year with everyone busy.  Anyways, here are some things to remember as you finish off FY12!

Financial Reports and Annual Reports are due by June 30 at the absolute latest! These are really important and not that hard to do so make sure you get them in.  Also be sure to cc the RCRs!

SWE Technical Poster Competition abstracts are due June 15.  This is a great opportunity to show off any research you have been apart of!  And if you get accepted, you get free registration for SWE annual, some travel money to get there and a chance to win $500!

Section Award Applications for Communication, Membership, Outreach, Professional Development and Multicultural awards are due by July 1.  This is a great way to show off how great your section was this past year!

There are a lot of different reports and competitions, if you have any  questions about any of them, feel free to email any of us or the people in charge of the specific one you have questions about.  We hope you had an excellent year with us!


Region Awards!

Each year the Sonora Region presents awards to distinguished members of the region for outstanding contributions, this year the region proudly recognized the following members, company and sections:

Sonora Region Emerging Leader – Professional – Jennifer Harris

Sonora Region Emerging Leader – Collegiate – Megan Adams

Sonora Region Outstanding Collegiate Mentor – Helene Finger

Sonora Region Sustaining Benefactor – Solar Turbines

Sonora Region Programming Award – Professional Section – Orange County

Sonora Region Programming Award – Collegiate Section – California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo

Sonora Region History Award – Professional Section – Orange County

Senora Region History Award – Collegiate Section – California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo

For more information visit the website.


Way to go Cal Poly SLO!  Way to sweep the awards!  Also a special congratulations to our very own Megan Adams for being the emerging leader!

Aloha! From Hawaii!!!


Conference was a blast this year!  There were some awesome tours that people went on, there were some great workshops and last but not least, we were in HAWAII!!!  I have never been to Hawaii before but, boy was it fun!  We had a great conference and were able to meet a lot of people from Regions A and J as well!  I think we should do joint conferences every year!

Some of my favorite parts about conference were:

Tthe breakfast keynote speaker!  Katie Snapp from Skirt Strategies offered a lot of advice about being a woman in the workforce!  She was very motivating and she even has a book called “Skirt Strategies: 249 Success Tips for Women in Leadership” and I am very excited to read it!

I also really enjoyed the collegiate region B meeting.  Four schools (CSU Fullerton, New Mexico Tech, UC Irvine and UC Riverside) and Spencer Palmer won awards for their photo submissions and blog post! The photo above is from that meeting!

And one of my absolute favorite things was being able to attend the luau where the Hawaiian Islands became an official professional section of SWE!  How cool is that?!?!

What were some of your favorite parts of 2012 SWE Regions Joint Conference?!?!

Overall, it was a fantastic conference and I’m excited to see you all in Salt Lake City, Utah next year for Region B’s conference!


P.S. Here is the slides from the collegiate meeting!

Region B knows how to ROCK it! (Awards and Recognitions)

Did you know that Region B rocks?  Of course you did!  But just to let you know how much we do rock, here is a list of all the different awards and recognitions Region B received at the Awards Banquet and Celebrate SWE!


  • Violettee Brown – 25-Year Member
  • Deborah Brunt – 25-Year Member
  • Rebecca Jo Campbell – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Third Place, Collegiate Technical Poster Competition, Graduate Level
  • Christine Hailey, PhD, PE – Utah State University – Distinguished Engineering Educator
  • Mary Phelps – HEDGE Co. – Fellow
  • Stephanie Smith – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – First Place, Collegiate Technical Poster Competition, Undergraduate Level
  • Charlotte Wagner – 25-Year Member
  • Deborah Willems – InTouch Health – Distinguished New Engineer

Collegiate Sections

  • Arizona State University – Outstanding Collegiate Section Award – Silver
  • California Polytechnic State University, Pomona – Outreach Award, Medium Section
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Boeing Team Tech Competition – First Place (tie): Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Team
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Boeing Team Tech Competition – First Place (tie): Quality of Life Plus Team
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Newsletter Award – Second Place
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Outstanding Collegiate Section Award – Gold
  • Utah State University – Professional Development Program Award, Medium Section

Professional Sections

  • Central New Mexico – Newsletter Award – Third Place
  • Orange County – Professional Development Event Award, Large Section


  • Region B – Bylaws Award – Gold

Many recipients of scholarships also came from Region B!  Congratulations to you all!

Scholarship Recipients

  • Taylor Brownlee – Chemical Engineering Senior, Arizona State University – Meridith Thoms Memorial Scholarship
  • Shandra Corbitt – Mechanical Engineering Junior, University of Utah – General Motors Scholarship
  • Breanne Dunaway – Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Senior, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology – SWE Central New Mexico Pioneers Scholarship
  • Andrea Hall – Mechanical Engineering Sophomore, Arizona State University – SWE Phoenix Section Scholarship
  • Ruth Huang – Electrical Engineering Master’s Program, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Intel Corporation Scholarship
  • Chelsea Katan – Aerospace Engineering Senior – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott – SWE Phoenix Section Scholarship
  • Luky Lopez – Chemical and Civil Engineering Junior, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Praxair Inc. Scholarship
  • Suyana Lozada – Chemical Engineering Junior, Arizona State University – Praxair Inc. Scholarship
  • Heather Martin – Mechanical Engineering Junior, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Rockwell Automation Scholarship
  • Tiffany Mitori – Mechanical Engineering Senior, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Praxair Inc. Scholarship
  • Jennifer Ramin – Chemical Engineering Sophomore, University of Arizona – Dorothy Lemke Howarth Memorial Scholarship
  • Katie Robinson – Mechanical Engineering Sophomore, Utah State University – General Motors Scholarship
  • Allian Roman – Mechanical Engineering Junior, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo – Praxair Inc. Scholarship
  • June Stanley – Mechanical Engineering Junior, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology – SWE Central New Mexico Re-entry Scholarship
  • Rachel Stratton – Aerospace Engineering Sophomore, Arizona State University – SWE Phoenix Section Scholarship
  • Laura Tatham – Biomedical Engineering Sophomore, University of Utah – Dorothy Lemke Howarth Memorial Scholarship
  • Dore Weber – Computer Engineering Senior, University of Utah – Symantec Corporation Scholarship

Way to rock it Region B!  Congrats to everyone and keep up the good work!

Region Awards! (Due November 1)

Hey guys!  If you haven’t heard, we have awards at region conference!  Is your section going to be one of the winners?

The packets for nominations are available here! Or on the conference website here!  (Go to Awards, Region B.)

Deadline is November 1 for:

  • Sonora Sustaining Benefactor **
  • Sonora Emerging Leaders (Professional & Collegiate) **
  • Sonora Outstanding Collegiate Section Mentor **
  • Sonora Outstanding Program

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask Jeannette Lindemann ( or Deb Willems (

Does your section of SWE have an OUTSTANDING member?!

Call for SWE Future Leader Nominations!

Do you know of an outstanding freshman or sophomore with potential for future leadership in SWE? Nominate him or her for this year’s SWE Future Leaders Program!

SWEFL Program participants will be selected based on their nominations and their availability to attend this year’s Collegiate Leadership Forum (CLF), which will be held August 18 – 20 in Austin, TX. At this event, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • attend the BOD installation dinner
  • receive leadership and SWE training
  • participate in professional development workshops
  • network with other collegiate leaders (RCR/RCCE/RCSs), the Region Governors, and BOD members

After the CLF, SWEFLs may be called upon to participate in SWE collegiate focus groups and encouraged to apply for SWE leadership positions at their collegiate section or at the region or society level.

If you would like to nominate someone for this opportunity, please fill out the form which is available here:

The nomination form asks for your contact information and the SWEFL nominee’s contact information.  The following questions are also part of the nomination, so please include as much information as possible:

  1. Is the nominee currently in a SWE leadership position? If yes, what is their role?
  2. Why do you believe the nominee has great potential for future SWE leadership?
  3. How would attendance at the Collegiate Leadership Forum benefit the nominee as an individual and as a SWE member?

The deadline for SWEFL Program nominations is April 18, 2011.   If you have any questions about the SWEFL nomination program, please feel free to contact the CLF Coordinator at