Saturday, June 1, 2019

FY19 SWE PNW Certificate of Merit Recipeints

Contributor: Elaine Reeves




The Certificate of Merit (COM) program was established to honor high school women having high achievement in science and mathematics and to encourage them to consider engineering as a career.  To receive a certificate, the student does not have to be planning on going into engineering, but should be someone whom you would like to encourage considering engineering as one of their career options.

Our FY19 COM Recipients are students graduating from the following institutions.


A G WEST BLACK HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Jessica Bowerman
Brielle Bryan
Magdalena Wood Richardson

BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL
Stephanie Geeson
Amaya Kaipat
Alex Birkeland


BELLINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
Sofia Neros
Karol Mu

EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL
Thuy-Tien Nguyen
Amy Nguyen
Darla Ramirez

GRAHAM KAPOWSIN HIGH SCHOOL
Amanda Harum
Amanda McKinley


JUANITA HIGH SCHOOL
Nicole Goldstein
Astrid Bowden
Vivian Lu

MOUNT BAKER SENIOR HIGH
Liliana Rice
Finn Lane
Kimberly Joyce


OAK HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
Natalie Hahn
Camryn Bristow
Meng Juan Timm

SEATTLE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Jillian Bankaitis
Elisa Simon
Alyssa Sutanto

SHORECREST HIGH SCHOOL
Stella Beemer
Mirelle Blanchard

Aalia Rasheed


SPANAWAY LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
Alisha Nkwonta
Sydney Deleon-Anderberg
Bethanee Graver

SQUALICUM HIGH SCHOOL
Catherine Michelutti
Makenzie Hofer
Raelyn Iddings

STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Gabrielle Kunzman
Ingrid Phillips
Veaya Carter

TIMBERLINE HIGH SCHOOL
Ishi Agrawal

TUMWATER HIGH SCHOOL
Olivia Wertjes
Janna Knight
Jessica Boos

Good luck to our COM recipients as they begin their college careers this fall!

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Elaine Reeves Elaine has held numerous leadership roles in both SWE MN and SWE PNW including: Professional Collegiate Advisor, SWE PNW Section Representative, College Relations Chair, FY18 President Elect, Region J Secretary & FY19 President.

She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of St Thomas in Electrical Engineering, Physics, & Music Performance with a minor in Applied Mathematics. A master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2017. She currently is a working engineer at Microsoft.

Monday, May 27, 2019

FY19 SWE PNW Collegiate Scholarship Recipients

Contributor: Elaine Reeves

SWE PNW has the privilege of being able to offer several scholarship opportunities to students to support our SWE mission & vision:
Our MissionEmpower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.
Our VisionA world with gender parity and equality in engineering and technology.
SWE PNW college scholarships are targeted for both high school seniors that will be pursuing engineering as well as college freshman to juniors that are in an engineering program. We are therefore thrilled to announce the winners of our FY18 SWE PNW Collegiate Scholarship Program!

Mary Ellen Russell Memorial Scholarship

Mary Ellen Russell, a charter member of the PNW section of SWE, devoted her career to engineering and science. She dedicated her life and energy to activities to the benefit of SWE, to geology, to outdoor activities and to the leadership of many young women and men who cherished their time with her. Mary Ellen earned degrees in Mathematics and Geology at the University of Washington. The recipient must have achieved at least a college level junior standing. The Mary Ellen Russell Memorial Scholarship is a minimum of $1000.

FY19 Recipient: Alissa Capuano who is a Civil Engineering student at Seattle University 

Congratulations to our two time scholarship winner!

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Elaine Reeves has over ten years of experience in EMC and Environmental Hardware Compliance in both commercial and medical equipment. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2017. She is an active in SWE PNW as is the current FY19 President.

Monday, April 29, 2019

FY19 Annual Banquet: Guest Speaker, Helen Chiang

We are excited to introduce you to our FY19 Annual Banquet Guest Speaker Helen Chiang.

Fun Facts about Helen Chiang
Where do you live?
Kirkland

Did you grow up in the Pacific Northwest area?
No

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received? 
To always surround yourself with people smarter than you, and to make yourself replaceable.

What is your favorite hobby/hobbies?
Tennis, skiing and exploring new parts of the world.

What is your favorite place in the world?
New Zealand

Do you have any interesting or little-known facts about yourself?
I once ran the Boston Marathon next to Will Ferrell. And beat him 😊

Favorite TV show?
American Ninja Warrior

If you could eat one thing the rest of your life what would it be?
Sushi

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I am proud of the work we are doing to use Minecraft as a platform to build a better world.

Where can we find you on the weekends?
Exploring the Pacific Northwest with my husband and two daughters.

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About Helen Chiang
Helen Chiang is the head of Minecraft, where she is responsible for driving and implementing growth plans for one of the most popular video games of all time. Prior to leading the studio, Helen held the roles of General Manager and Senior Director of Strategy and Business at Minecraft, helping navigate the team through the Microsoft acquisition of Mojang and numerous updates, events and releases to the franchise over the last four years.

As a longtime Xbox veteran, Helen has been a key contributor to many aspects of the Xbox business. In her previous position as Chief of Staff for the Microsoft Studios group, Helen managed Studios business operations and communications for a geographically diverse organization of 1,000 people across three locations – Redmond, Vancouver, and London. Microsoft Studios is known for blockbuster franchises such as “Halo”, “Gears of War”, “Kinect Sports”, “Fable”, “Age of Empires”, and “Forza Motorsport”.

Prior to joining Microsoft Studios, Helen managed the Xbox LIVE subscriptions business where she was responsible for driving and implementing strategy and growth plans and was accountable for a $500M business. Under her business leadership, the subscriber base more than doubled in size and created the foundation for what Xbox LIVE is today – a world class online entertainment service with 40+ million worldwide members.

Prior to her nine years with Xbox, Helen managed the Streets & Trips software business where she was responsible for product management and product marketing.

Helen holds a dual bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and computer science from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Helen enjoys taking on new athletic challenges and has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, ran the Boston marathon alongside Will Ferrell, and climbed Mt. Rainier for charity. She lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband and two daughters, with whom she plays Minecraft in creative mode

Monday, October 15, 2018

FY18 SWE PNW Certificate of Merit Scholarship Recipients

Contributor: Elaine Reeves


We are thrilled to announce the winners of our FY18 SWE PNW Certificate of Merit (COM) Scholarship Program!

Our FY18 SWE PNW COM Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Aditi Kumar
  • Karen Benson
  • Anna Soper
  • Diane Haass
The COM Award program was established to honor high school women having high  achievement in science and mathematics and to encourage them to consider engineering as a career. To receive a certificate, the student should be someone whom you would like to encourage considering engineering as one of their career options.

To be eligible for a COM Scholarship, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
  1. Be a woman of Senior standing who will graduate from high school by June of the application year.
  2. Be a woman who has been accepted for enrollment in an ABET accredited engineering college or university.
  3. Be a Certificate of Merit (COM) Award recipient.

Thank you to all the students that applied and good luck to our recipients as they begin their college careers!

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Elaine Reeves has over nine years of experience in EMC and Environmental Hardware Compliance in both commercial and medical equipment. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2017. She is an active in SWE PNW as is the current FY19 President.

FY18 SWE PNW Collegiate Scholarship Recipients

Contributor: Elaine Reeves

SWE PNW has the privilege of being able to offer several scholarship opportunities to students to support our SWE mission & vision:
Our MissionEmpower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.
Our VisionA world with gender parity and equality in engineering and technology.
SWE PNW college scholarships are targeted for both high school seniors that will be pursuing engineering as well as college freshman to juniors that are in an engineering program. We are therefore thrilled to announce the winners of our FY18 SWE PNW Collegiate Scholarship Program!

Lydia Pickup Memorial Scholarship

Lydia Pickup, a member of the Pacific Northwest Section of SWE, devoted her career to engineering and science and her life and energies to the benefit of SWE. Lydia served as chief petty officer in the Waves during World War II. She attended the University of Kentucky and worked as an engineer at Boeing. In addition to being an avid SWE member and supporter, Lydia was very active in the American Legion. The recipient must have achieved at least a college level junior standing. The Lydia Pickup Memorial Scholarship is a minimum of $1000.


FY18 Recipient: Alexis Brandon who is a Petroleum Engineering student at Montana Tech of the University of Montana.


Mary Ellen Russell Memorial Scholarship

Mary Ellen Russell, a charter member of the PNW section of SWE, devoted her career to engineering and science. She dedicated her life and energy to activities to the benefit of SWE, to geology, to outdoor activities and to the leadership of many young women and men who cherished their time with her. Mary Ellen earned degrees in Mathematics and Geology at the University of Washington. The recipient must have achieved at least a college level junior standing. The Mary Ellen Russell Memorial Scholarship is a minimum of $1000.

FY18 Recipient: Alissa Capuano who is a Civil Engineering student at Seattle University 

Shirley Holmgreen Memorial Scholarship

Shirley Holmgreen was a winner of Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart scholarship. She was a graduate of the University of Texas in Aero Engineering and completed post-graduate studies in Belgium. Professionally, Shirley was an expert in wind tunnels and worked as an engineer at Boeing. The recipient must have achieved at least a college level sophomore standing. The Shirley Holmgreen Memorial Scholarship is a minimum of $500.

FY18 Recipients:
Leticia Ndagang who is a Mechanical Engineering student at Seattle University.
Krista Brown who is a Biological Engineering student at the Montana State University in Bozeman.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

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Elaine Reeves has over nine years of experience in EMC and Environmental Hardware Compliance in both commercial and medical equipment. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2017. She is an active in SWE PNW as is the current FY19 President.

Friday, October 12, 2018

WSU SWE Industry Mentor Program 2018/2019


Guest Contributor: Ayumi Manawadu


Hello SWE PNW,

My name is Ayumi Manawadu and I am a graduate student in structural engineering, at Washington State University. I am the new coordinator for the Industry Mentor Program, conducted by WSU Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Each year, students are paired with industry mentors, who provide one-to-one guidance to make students prepared for their professional careers ahead. We anticipate having many new mentees join the program this semester and looking forward to expand.  

I wanted to reach out about joining the mentor program. Would you be willing to take part in the WSU SWE Mentor program during the 2018/2019 school year? Your expertise and knowledge will benefit the current WSU engineering students, to build their careers. The mentors are expected to provide guidance in areas such as;

·         Resume Critique
·         Improving networking circle
·         Enhancing interviewing skills
·         Providing general career advice
·         Building business etiquette skills

The mentor program is aimed to be primarily an email or phone relationship (not a huge time commitment), however meeting during breaks is always encouraged.

Attached is the mentor information sheet for the SWE mentor program 2018/2019. It has more details regarding the expectations and time commitment for the program. If you decide to be a part of this enriching program, please fill out the information sheet and email me back at wsu.swementor@gmail.com at your earliest convenience.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Ayumi Manawadu
Mentor Coordinator | Society of Women Engineers
Graduate Student| Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Washington State University

Industry Mentor Coordinator: Ayumi Manawadu

I joined WSU to pursue doctoral studies in Structural Engineering, soon after my bachelor's degree form Sri Lanka and this is my first year serving as a SWE officer. However, for years, I have volunteered as a President's Guide Awardee, an AIESECer, a Rotaractor and a youth leader, mentoring and empowering underprivileged communities. I joined SWE last semester, after volunteering for the Kids Science and Engineering Day (KSED-2018). I love basketball and played for my country, sometime ago. Currently, I am also a member of the Toastmasters Club. 






President: Rachel Johnson

This is my third year serving as a SWE officer and I am passionate about promoting diversity within STEM. I am from Santa Clara, CA and I'm majoring in mechanical engineering. I enjoy paddle boarding, hiking and baking during my free time.






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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.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

FY19 Election Guide: Candidate Bios & Statements


President-Elect Candidates:

  • Theresa Krack
  • Abstain 
  • Write-In 

Theresa Krack


Biography

I am excited to be running for FY19 President Elect!

I have over ten years as a professional member, having held leadership positions in the Wisconsin and Pacific Northwest professional sections. I am an accomplished session speaker and panelist at SWE Society, Joint Region, and WE Local conferences.

I have been an active member and leader in SWE PNW since 2013 and served as a SWE PNW Section Rep for the last three years, representing the section in SWE business meetings and governance change discussions at both Society and Region/WE Local conferences.

One of my accomplishments with SWE PNW has been leading the strategic effort to integrate and upgrade the section’s virtual footprint and communication platform. This has been an ongoing, multi-year project to continue improve the member-to-member engagement and communication of key SWE information.

I joined the SWE Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC) in FY18 as a coach and am thrilled to be expanding that role to include being Section Management & Operations SME for FY19.

Having been engaged as SWE evolve as an organization this past year, I believe I will bring key knowledge and connections to help the section align and grow under the new SWE structure.

Candidate Statement

As President Elect, one of my keys goals would be develop the coordination between the President and President Elect roles, driving to longer term strategic planning for the section. To accomplish this goal, it will not only take short- and long-term planning at the section leadership level, but also engaging connections and support from other areas of SWE.

I plan on leveraging the connections I have, as well as support from the Leadership Coaching Committee (LCC), to bring in materials, resources, and templates to help our section better adapt to the new governance model and continue to achieve strategic growth and success.

In additional to engaging the SWE resources, I also want to enable improved SWE business and topic dialog not only within our leadership team but also with our section members. We have many section members with a variety of SWE experiences that can help bring additional perspectives to the discussion and help develop both the short- and long-term direction we are heading as a section.

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Treasurer Candidates:

  • Sherrie Rippe
  • Abstain
  • Write-In


Sherrie Rippe


Biography

Sherrie Rippe is a Tooling Stress Engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Everett, WA. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her Masters and Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Her passion is helping others grow in their professional and personal lives, she serves as a Board member for the North Seattle College Education Fund and is a Professional Career and Life Coach. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, and playing with her two dogs and cats.

Candidate Statement

I am currently running for Treasurer of our section for FY19.  As the FY19 treasurer, I would like to finalize the sections Travel Fund Policy and work more closely with the Scholarship Chair to work to spread the word to area students about our scholarships. I have experience developing and revising policies and procedures, and would enjoy working with the executive board to ensure all of our procedures and policies are up to date. As a professional member, I have served as SWE PNW Membership Chair FY09 thru FY11, as SWE PNW Secretary FY12, SWE PNW Section Representative FY15, and SWE PNW FY18 Treasurer. I am eager   to apply my knowledge of how SWE operates to the role of treasurer.

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Secretary Candidates:

  • Ashley White
  • Marina Dannecker
  • Abstain
  • Write-In


Ashley White


Biography

Ashley joined SWE at Seattle University where she attended engineering school for electrical engineering. While at SU she served as the Treasurer her junior year and then President her senior year. As president she collaborated with a team of nine to organize social and professional development events and outreach opportunities. As well as coordinating fundraisers like bake sales in which she created SWE themed cookies to sell. After graduation she continued to help SU’s section by serving as their professional liaison. She assisted them on numerous occasions throughout the year and kept them informed about things happening in the professional sector. Ashley is currently working for Honeywell Aerospace as a system engineer. She works on communication and navigational radio equipment for airplanes. In her free time Ashley loves to visit new places and attend various conventions.

Candidate Statement

In her life, Ashley has had the privilege of having a family that supported her decision to pursue engineering. She attended a university which has women as the department heads for most of the STEM majors. Ashley also has had many great female mentors who have careers in engineering fields. However, not all women have this kind of support, and SWE is one of the best organizations at making sure that women and young girls have the aid they need to succeed in careers that are still male-dominated. Ashley wants to continue showing women that they can have jobs in engineering fields and that SWE can provide the extra support they need. Her goal for Secretary is to have an active role in supporting current and future women engineers. While also mentoring recent college graduates to stay involved with the society, and to promote the growth of women in engineering.

Marina Dannecker


Biography

I first joined SWE while studying Materials Science and Engineering in at UCLA. I immediately got involved with the collegiate section, joining several committies, coordinating our annual Evening With Industry event, and eventually serving as President my senior year. I moved to Seattle about 2 years ago to start my career as a Materials and Processes Engineer at Blue Origin. I joined SWE PNW and helped plan events as a member of the Professional Development committee and then served as Secretary for FY18. I have gained so much from SWE – mentors, a network, close friends, leadership opportunities, chances to try new things – and I want to do what I can to give back to SWE and help create opportunities for other women engineers. When I’m not busy with work and SWE, I enjoy reading, hiking, yoga, improv, and checking out random coffee shops.

Candidate Statement

I am running for Secretary because I am passionate about making the SWE PNW section operate smoothly. I want to help the other SWE PNW officer’s roles be as easy as possible by providing organized and detailed documentation of meeting minutes, voting records, contacts, event information, and all other information we need to track. I have really enjoyed serving as secretary in FY18.  Over the past year, I implemented many new things for secretary, basing little on what was done previously. In FY19, I want to get all of these tools, documents, and systems running efficiently and to a timely schedule. I plan to establish regular monthly dates that communications are sent out to officers/members, to better track action items and ensure that tasks are followed up on, and to create templates that are stored in a single location that make it easy for officers to document lessons learned after events. I hope that by establishing a schedule and routine, it will empower future SWE PNW leaders to develop long-term strategic plans. I also intend to create templates and standard operating procedures so that new leaders do not have to start from scratch.

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Vice President of Professional Development Candidates:

  • Sonia Hingorany
  • Abstain
  • Write-In


Sonia Hingorany


Biography

Sonia Hingorany currently serves on the SWE PNW Executive Committee as one the VP of Professional Development. This year, she has organized several social events including the Escape Room Event, Blue Origin Tour, Annual Holiday Part at the Living Computer Museum, Reinvent Speaker Panel Event, Pie-Making Class, Amazon Prime Now Tour, Self-Defense Seminar, Annual Spring Banquet Brunch, Boeing P-8 Tour, and the Professional Development Committee Monthly Meetings. Sonia looks forward to continuing her involvement with SWE and leading the professional development mission again this coming year.

Sonia moved to Seattle almost three years ago for her full-time job. She currently works at Amazon in the North America Transportation and Logistics organization. Sonia earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University where she focused on concentrations in Information Systems and Operations Management. Before earning her MBA at CMU, Sonia previously worked at Accenture for five years in a technology consulting capacity. She earned her BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Cognitive Science from UCLA where she initially got involved with SWE. Sonia held a position on the SWE board for three years. She played several key roles in SWE at UCLA as the Internal VP, responsible for handling funding for the organization, as well as the Evening With Industry chair. 

Sonia likes to play soccer and tennis and enjoy the outdoors including running, hiking, and skiing. She loves to travel; Sonia has been to more than 30 countries and visited 40 states in the US. 

Candidate Statement

This year as I enter into the VP of Professional Development position, I would like to expand more on the mentorship aspect of Professional Development through resume and cover letter building workshops coupled with conducting mock interviews. I feel there is a large gap in SWE providing the resources and support for folks looking to make a career move and that require assistance in that process, and I would like to bridge that gap. I would also like to host workshops that include having open conversations about various issues, such as diversity, this year. I think we experienced a good start to this through the Reinvent Speaker Panel and I’d like to do more types of these events that will hopefully surface topics we can then have more intimate dialogues on with smaller groups. 

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Vice President of Career Guidance (Outreach) Candidates:

  • Heather Alvarez
  • Abstain
  • Write-In


Heather Alvarez


Biography

Heather Alvarez first joined SWE events while pursuing her engineering degree and discovered her love for outreach. She joined SWE professionally in 2012. She began as the Outreach Chair, and worked her way through various positions including treasurer, Section Rep, and ultimately to President of the SWE Antelope Valley Section. However, her first passion was always in outreach. She wants to make a difference in her community by teaching others about STEM and real world engineering applications.

Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Chico. She then joined the USAF as a civilian and has worked as a test engineer on various aircraft platforms such as the B-1 Bomber and C-17 Cargo in California, and more recently the KC-46 tanker here in Seattle. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science for Engineering Management at George Washington University.

Candidate Statement

Hello! My name is Heather and I am excited to be running for the VP of Outreach position. I am truly passionate about STEM and believe that many of the STEM fields are misjudged and underrepresented by women and people of color. In my previous positions in SWE, Antelope Valley Section, I designed annual events with the Girl Scouts, spoke at middle schools, and went to career nights at community colleges. I helped out at high school science fairs and worked booths to demonstrate Bernoulli’s principle. In the Seattle area, I have volunteered with Techbridge, I have helped teach young girls how to solder circuit boards, and learn software coding through on-line games. I love getting involved in the community and believe that by joining the PNW SWE board, I will have the opportunity to make a difference. I hope to build on the ground work that has been laid out and continue to make great connections in the local area. Thank you for considering me for VP of Outreach!

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