Thursday, January 19, 2017

Collegiate Section Spotlight: University of Washington - Seattle

Guest Contributor: Emily Johanning (BS Civil Engineering, University of Washington, UW Society of Women Engineers President)

As one of 300 collegiate sections of SWE, the University of Washington (UW) section provides hundreds of unique opportunities for its members, including professional and academic development, social and professional networking, and community outreach. UW SWE has grown over 1500% in the past two years. What started as a group of 30 individuals has blossomed into an organization of over 450 students passionate about diversity in engineering. This increase in membership allows our section to have a huge reach, and gives us the opportunity to pursue our mission to its fullest.

However, with this many members, it can be hard to provide equally enriching opportunities to everyone. We have members from over 20 different majors who stay in UW SWE their entire collegiate career and expect different events every year, quarter, and month. Through the creation of ten new officer positions to bring our leadership team to a total of 28 officers (effectively increasing the officer team over 300% in the past two years), we now have the (wo)manpower to hold more events that enhance our organization.

Contact info for UW SWE:
email (main point of contact):
website (currently in progress):


This guest article is part of SWE PNW's Collegiate Section Spotlight series, where we ask the local collegiate sections to showcase their section so we can share information up at the professional section level. These guest articles are coordinated by Elaine Reeves, Section Representative and College Relations focal for SWE PNW.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Looking for Guest Contributors

New in 2017, SWE PNW will be launching several series of themed blog posts - and we need your help!

The Virtual Brand Team has been busy brainstorming series and topics. Now we are looking for SWE members from the Puget Sound area (PNW, SPS, MALs) that would be will to be a guest contributor to our blog, Rainy Day Reads.

Don't worry, you'll be working with the Virtual Brand Team and we'll be helping to coordinate topics, editing, and posting. We'll even help provide prompts and starting points for the series as we can.

Without further ado (and maybe a little bit of a drum roll), here are just a couple of topics/series the Virtual Brand Team is looking for authors for:

SWE Perspectives
This series of blog posts highlights our members experiences with SWE, from why they joined to what they do now and why they find value in being a SWE member. It's a chance for our section members to share their unique perspective on SWE with other section members.

Everyday Engineering
This series is about seeing engineering in our everyday lives. It can capture and share your experiences while working, traveling, or even just exploring locally.

Contributor's Choice
Do you have a topic that you'd like to share with the section? This is the space for you. Send us your topic idea and we'll work to help get it shared out on our blog.

If you are interested in becoming a guest contributor, contact us at

We hope that you'll consider becoming a guest contributor and we look forward to sharing your stories!

~The Virtual Brand Team

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SWE Individual Awards (FY17)

The Society of Women Engineers strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers as well as recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to industry, education and the community.

More information is located on SWE's Website, and the deadline is March 31, 2017

If you would like us to help you prepare a packet for one of these awards or would like to nominate someone else in our section, please contact us at

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nomination Committee: Volunteers Needed!

Our SWE PNW leadership team is beginning the succession planning process for FY18 and are looking for volunteers for the nomination committee.

As a member of this committee, your role would involve nominating the section officers and host a voting forum for our members to vote on FY18 officers. Note that our bylaws prohibit members of the nominating committee from becoming candidates during their tenure of service on the nominating committee.

Please contact Grace at if you are interested in learning more or participating on this committee.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PSEC Awards - Call for Nominations from SWE PNW!

It’s time to recognize the accomplishments of our outstanding members!

The Puget Sound Engineering Council offers 7 annual awards, which are summarized at the end of this post.

Please help us identify deserving SWE members by November 16, 2016. Submit your suggestions to with the subject "PSEC Award Nomination: Award Name" and include the following:
  • Your name/email
  • The potential nominee’s name/email (can be self-nominating)
  • A brief description of why the potential nominee deserves the award
Our committee will consider all submitted and nominated SWE PNW members, following up as needed to gather more information. We'll select one SWE PNW nominee per award and work with that nominee to complete the official PSEC Awards Packet.

These awards will be presented at the PSEC Engineering Awards Banquet at the Museum of Flight on February 11, 2017. You can view past winners on PSEC’s website:

We look forward to helping our members apply for these great PSEC awards!

Academic Engineer of the Year
  • Has significantly advanced the state of the engineering art.
  • Has actively participated in interposing new technologies in society.
  • Has actively participated in improving the level and scope of engineering education

Government Engineer of the Year
  • Has contributed significantly in the application of engineering principles in Local, State, or Federal Government projects.
  • Has led in improving the application of technology for public benefit.
  • Has actively participated in improving the effectiveness of the engineering profession.
Industry Engineer of the Year
  • Has contributed significantly to the application of engineering in industry.
  • Has shown leadership in advancing or improving the industrial process.
  • Has demonstrated use of engineering to minimize environmental impacts.

Kenneth W. Porter Award
  • Has shown strong concerns for exposing young people (K-12) to engineering type of education. Please note: exposing young people beyond high school is a bonus but must have at minimum exposed K-12 to be qualified for this award.
  • Has to have shown through ceaseless efforts at E-week Fairs, Career guidance presentations, teacher coaching sessions and other opportunities; a drive and facility to deliver engineering type education to the classrooms.

K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher Award
  • Has actively worked in promoting and advancing STEM Engineering related education at the local K-12 level for 5 or more years.
  • Has worked closely with local engineering societies on STEM Engineering related education
  • Has performed exceptional activities towards improving K-12 STEM Engineering related education

WSPE Professional Engineer of the Year

  • Nominee is a professional engineer.
  • Has made significant contributions in the application of engineering to meeting community needs.
  • Has significantly advanced the art of engineering.
  • Has actively participated in community affairs and technical societies.

Young Engineer of the Year
  • The nominee must be under 35 years of age, between three and six years past the date of graduation, with a baccalaureate degree in Engineering, and must be a member of one of the Puget Sound Engineering Council member societies.
  • The nominee should show professional society participation such as serving as a committee member or officer, or providing support at society meetings or conferences.
  • The nominee should show progress in professional experience and attainments, and show progress towards or show registration as a professional engineer.

FY17 Awards Committee Call for Volunteers!

We're kicking off a new committee for FY17: the SWE PNW Awards Committee! Keep reading to learn more and where we can use your help!

Committee Description
This committee is responsible for identifying, evaluating, and selecting member candidates for various awards. This includes working with potential nominees to develop application packages for Region and National level awards, as well as award with PSEC and potentially around the Seattle area from other organizations.

SWE PNW Awards Program
This committee is also responsible for the annual SWE PNW Section Level awards program, which includes both section member and leadership nominated awards. These awards recognize SWE PNW members who exemplify the SWE mission at the local/section level. In FY16, SWE PNW launched of slate of awards and we plan to continue these in FY17.

Member's Choice
A peer-nominated award that recognizes a SWE PNW member for their work with the Section. Nominated by a current SWE PNW member; final selection made by the SWE PNW Leadership Team
Most Valuable Person (MVP)
Person that made a significant impact on Section leadership, development, or growth. Formally nominated by members of the SWE PNW leadership with suggestions from committee/section member.
Volunteer of the Year
Person that actively participated in or planning outreach events sponsored by SWE PNW. Formally nominated by members of the SWE PNW leadership team with suggestions from committee/section member.
Volunteer of the Year (Professional Development)
Person that actively planned, supported, and executed social, networking, and/or professional development events. Formally nominated by members of the SWE PNW leadership team with suggestions from committee/section member.

Call for Volunteers!
We are looking for Awards Chair to lead the committee members! The Chair would take the lead of the committee, working with Kalyani Mallela as the Section Rep responsible for the Awards.

We are also looking for individuals to join the committee. While the Chair will set the final committee structure, some of the potential committee roles we are looking to fill are:
  • SWE National Awards Application Lead
  • SWE Region Awards Application Lead
  • SWE PNW FY17 Section Awards Program Lead & Team Members
  • Industry Awards & Relations Liaison
  • PSEC Awards Lead
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Awards Committee, please let Kalyani know and email her at We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Would you like to do an interview with Klispun Magazine?

Guest Contributor: Sarah Sharp

Hello SWE PNW!

My name is Sarah Sharp, and I'm a writer for Klispun Magazine, a publication produced by Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

I'm writing an article about women in engineering, in light of a new research study that will look into why certain predominantly Muslim countries have a greater percentage of women in engineering than the United States.

I would love to interview any SWE PNW member to talk about these statistics, the mission of SWE, or even your chosen profession.

The interview (which could be over the phone) will most likely be 15-20 minutes, especially if you want to keep it short. Otherwise, I would be happy to interview you as long as you want to talk.

I can provide the questions ahead of time. And I would like to talk with several people if possible.

My final deadline is Monday, October 17, so I would appreciate talking to people before then if possible.

Please contact me if you are interested in being interview. I appreciate your help on this!

Thank you,
Sarah Sharp