Eight CSULB SWE members flew from LAX to Austin-Bregstrom International Airport to attend this year’s WE17 Conference. It was the first SWE conference for many of our attendees. Some members arrived as early as Wednesday and others arrived Thursday and even Friday morning. Our section rented an apartment in the heart of downtown Austin which was approximately a three-minute walk to the convention center.
For most of us, the main event was WE17’s Career Fair. We had fun and learned a lot (and collectively obtained several bagfuls of company freebies!). Many of our members were selected for multiple interviews and several received internship and full-time job offers. From attending the workshops to the corporate hospitality suites, our members are very grateful for the successful networking opportunity!
On that Saturday, we volunteered for SWE’s outreach event, Invent It. Build It. There we were the “Role Models” for both high school and middle school attendees. We would demonstrate our field of study with videos, games, or models to better explain what we do as engineers. It was a fun filled day with a lot of laughter and learning. We hope we inspired the girls to pursue engineering in the future.
We also enjoyed exploring Austin! Between the eight of us, we visited the Graffiti Park at Castle Hill, attended a parade, toured the capitol, shopped around Sixth Street, and ate tons of Texan barbeque.
WE17 was an incredible learning and bonding experience for organization. We can’t wait to make it to WE18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota next year!
As the adage goes knowledge is power, so it must be the first step to our success. We learned an immense amount of knowledge about success, leadership, empowerment, networking, budgeting, and more. Society of Women Engineers Conference, held from October 26th through 29th, offered the Loyola Marymount SWE chapter many opportunities. We attended a variety of events including Lightning Talks, keynote speakers, brunches, and hospitality suites. The career fair gave our members opportunities to interview and network with companies, and some received internship and full time offers!
We prepared for conference with elevator speech practice in addition a resume workshop. Members who attended previous SWE conferences prepared first-time attendees for the career fair and how to make an impactful first impression. Besides our professional experience, we had fun!
We loved exploring Austin! Line dancing and barbeque were favorites. We enjoyed Austin’s very own Torchy’s Tacos as well as Amy’s ice cream. Like any tourist, we had to check out the unique murals.
The attendees presented what they learned at conference last week with the rest of the chapter. The other members appreciated all the advice. We’re looking forward to our next meeting, an internship panel. Our team will utilize this knowledge to conquer the rest of the school life and our early careers. Until next year!
Cal Poly SWE’s collegiate section was able to take 31 officers and members to the SWE National Conference in Austin, TX from October 25-28th, 2017. Out of this group, 11 people were first time National Conference attendees!
We started planning this trip during spring quarter by inviting our officers to submit applications and express why they were interested in attending the conference. Several of our executive officers then reviewed those applications and were so impressed with the passionate and enthusiastic responses that we decided to accept all those who applied! All attendees were required to sign a contract agreeing to attend certain events while at conference and to represent Cal Poly SWE honorably. Travel arrangements were made during the last few weeks of the 2016-17 school year including booking flights and reserving hotel rooms, and remaining logistics such as organizing carpools and getting students excused from classes was dealt with at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
At conference, our officers had the opportunity to meet and connect with many other SWE members on both collegiate and professional levels. Conference events included several keynote speakers, a career fair with several hundred companies in attendance, breakout sessions and lightning talks on topics ranging from professional development and leadership to communication skills and self-discovery. There were also several engineering competitions and outreach events happening throughout the conference. In between all this, our group still found time to explore the exciting sights, sounds, and tastes of Austin!
At the annual awards dinner called Celebrate SWE!, Cal Poly SWE’s collegiate section won six awards including the Boeing Multicultural Award, the SWE Mission Awards for Public Policy and Leadership Development and Mentoring, and the SWE Mission Award Gold for Collegiate section. Cal Poly’s Team Tech placed third with their project of a Solar Powered Water Ozonation Device. Additionally, recent Cal Poly SWE alumni, Kristen Reynier, won second place in the Collegiate Technical Poster Competition with her poster detailing the use of a transtibial prosthetic for walking, running, and swimming.
Overall, this conference was very successful in inspiring our officers and members to keep connecting and engineering! It was the perfect opportunity for our members to get to know one another better. We are looking forward to attending future SWE conferences, including WE Local Phoenix in February 2018!
Here are the notes from the Collegiate meeting at the region conference last weekend.
Region Collegiate Meeting Region Conference
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At the end of this month, we will be having a great weekend in San Luis Obisbo at this year’s Region B Conference! Region conferences are an exciting time for everyone and are packed full of energy. You can meet collegiates and professionals from Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Southern Nevada. There’s a career fair, sessions and amazing speakers. And don’t forget the Region Collegiate Meeting, where we will go over all of the region business, introduce the RCT candidates, and give out region awards for points!
- A career fair with regional companies (so far, 17 companies)
- A NEW resume workshop on Friday before the networking social. We will have plenty of professional engineers to review your resumes and help you perfect them for the career fair. Be sure to take advantage of this awesome opportunity!
- Three keynotes over the meals, and awards with dinner. Awards will be announced and winners emailed out in the next week.
- 6 session, with 4-5 speaker rooms per session, with topics wide and far.
Check out the Region B website for the detailed schedules.
There is still time to apply for the Region History award, which is a scrapbook page on section history.
We have recently added more rooms at the conference hotel for $199. However, the planning committee is looking into working with other nearby hotels to offer better rates.
Fill out this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_8hbHkR8VFB4RvJTMIIpB_L00YfZCksLpGOsT6p3CBQ/viewform to help decide what sessions will be offered at Region B conference in February!