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.

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