This semester, CSULB SWE historian Alex Parks had the great idea of creating a monthly newsletter; it features plenty of information regarding upcoming events, commonly asked questions, past event summaries, as well as engaging cartoons. This is great addition to our “SWE-ekly Post” emails sent out to members by secretary Corina Guevara. These two informational documents allow members to be quickly and efficiently informed of the latest chapter and national updates.
Our chapter website has officially published the newsletter and continues to publish the SWE-ekly Post. It’s a great outlet of publicity and convenience for members.The website has also gone under some changes by webmaster Marianne Gonzalez. Be sure to check out our site!
Representatives from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California came to SWE CSULB’s past GBM to provide info on internship and entry level positions for aspiring students. Speakers included unit manager & CSULB Alumni Arleen Arita, engineer Carlene Wong and team manager Jeanne Hong. The session began with the sharing of details on their personal journeys to becoming engineers and a description of their field of work. They also discussed the California drought and how MWD is dealing with the issue.
Our SWE Webmaster Marianne Gonzalez talked about her own experience as a MWD intern. She had a blast working for MWD in summer of 2014. As a chemical engineer, she was able to have various learning experiences to do with project management and execution. She also got be exposed to other disciplines of engineering.
Shoutout to MWD and thank you for our workshop. It is always great to hear from SWE members in the field.
CSULB SWE attended its Region B Conference held in San Luis Obispo, CA from February 27th to March 1st. The conference included professional workshops, a career fair and distinguished keynote speakers. A special shoutout to UCR SWE chapter for being awesome. The conference ended with a stellar note: CSULB SWE received the Collegiate Highest Membership Growth Award with a staggering 178% SWE national membership growth for the 2014-2015 academic year!
In order to achieve this increase, much work was needed of the executive board officers. Publicity chair Katie Lebya spread the word about CSULB SWE through various social media, including facebook, twitter and instagram. Webmaster Marianne Gonzalez also utilized the chapter website as well. We emphasized the benefits of national membership at every GBM, and provided step-by-step guidance on how to register as a national member. By simply communicating effectively to engineering students, we were able to exceed our membership goals. Congrats to all our SWE Officers and members for an outstanding job!
The fun didn’t end there. On their ride back home from 2015 SWE Regional Conference, CSULB and UCR SWE members decided to have some fun by visiting Ostrich Land and the pleasant Danish town Solvang, CA.The journey to and from this event definitely added a nice touch to the experience. We hope everyone else had just as much fun!
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works presented during CSULB SWE’s general body meeting in February 18, 2015. Guest speaker Pamela Manning hosted an Interview Tips Workshop and interacted with the students throughout the meeting. She spoke from personal experience about how to prepare before, during and after an interview. She also shared her career success story and how she moved up in her field; she inspired attendees to be ambitious yet professional when pursuing career goals.
To interact with students and create a more hands-on environment, Manning randomly picked attending members during the meeting and gave them interviewquestions to respond to on the spot. Afterwards, she gave “graded” the selected students responses. This workshop was a success and provided students with useful tips. Many thanks to Pamela Manning and LA County Department of Public Works for presenting. And shoutout to Ivan Perez who is a CSULB graduate and Public Works employee that allowed for this professional connection.
CSULB SWE hosts annually its outreach event Engineering Girls at The Beach Day where about 200 elementary and middle school students come to campus and are introduced to STEM-related workshops and the engineering field. These workshops are lead by engineering faculty and student organizations.
A great amount of planning goes into this event, in particularly, from our student members. Pictured is SWE Outreach Chair, Pooja Somaiah, leading an information session to recruit volunteers. From chaperones to set-up/clean-up crew, SWE members and fellow engineering organizations always contribute to the success of the event. This year CSULB SWE will host the event on Friday March 20, 2014.
SWE Cal State Long Beach hosted its annual Mr. and Mrs. Engineering Pageant. We had several male and female contestants from different academic backgrounds, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. We were honored to have judges from engineering faculty, including Dean Forouzan Golshani.
The evening began with introductions and costume presentations; contestants were asked to wear a costume that represented their major. The next portion of the show was the questionnaire. Contestants were asked various questions, such as “What is your favorite engineering equation and why?” or “If you were the last engineer on earth, what would you do to save the human race?”. The last part of the pageant was the talent show. The contestants sang, played instruments and performed improv.
Shout out and congratulations to Ivan and Crystal for winning Mr. and Mrs. Engineer! And thank you to our involvement chair, Christine Nguyen. This event was very successful and had positive feedback from attendees.
This past week, Cal State Long Beach held Engineering Welcome Week, which brought together many student organizations from the college of engineering.
One of the popular events was the cardboard boat race held at the campus recreation center and hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Each organization was given the challenge of constructing a boat made only out of cardboard and tape. Many also added artwork to the boats in order to add to the aesthetics of the design. By the help of a team of SWE members and officers, we were able to build a successful boat.
Our very own officers Pooja Somaiah, Outreach Chair, and Ijya Karki, Fundraising Chair were given the privilege of racing the SWE boat; we obtained first place on our first round of racing. Thank you to ASCE for hosting a fun event!