Monday, December 5, 2022

Upcoming Social Event!

Please join us for a Happy Hour with GradSWE!

This event is intended to be a casual networking events for graduate students to meet locals in industry, learn more about companies, job responsibilities, and career paths!

December 7th 5-7PM at Optimism Brewery (1158 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122) 

Click on this link to fill out the form if you plan to attend: Happy Hour RSVP Form




Monday, June 27, 2022

FY23 Section Election Guide - Candidate Bios and Statements

Hello Readers! The FY22 Nomination Committee is excited to present the following slate of candidates for consideration by the membership as SWE PNW officers for the FY23 fiscal year:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer-Elect

President-Elect Candidates

Tiffany Tang

Biography

Originally from Hawaii, I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington (UW) where I received my B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. After graduating, I was lucky to stay in the Greater Seattle Area working in Redmond as a Systems Engineer for Honeywell’s avionics products. In 2021, I transitioned to a Process Engineering role at Crane Aerospace & Electronics that allows me to utilize my background in materials engineering more by working on new product development and sustaining materials and process issues.

I first became involved with SWE as a freshman at UW. I gradually became more and more involved over the years as I went from member to historian to Vice President of Member Relations. While in college, I was able to attend WE16 and the ABJ Leadership Summit in 2016. When I graduated from UW, I was lucky to find a strong SWE PNW community at Honeywell and became involved in the SWE PNW Chapter. I immediately became involved serving then leading the Nomination Committee (NomCom) in 2020 and 2021 (for FY21 and FY22 elections) and serving as Vice President of Social and Networking for FY22. I virtually attended WE21.


Candidate Statement

During my time in SWE PNW, I have met so many members from participating in online trivia night during the pandemic to hosting the Mariners Night back in April. Every time I attend a SWE PNW event, it makes me happy to be with inspiring people and drives me to invest more and more of my time back into SWE PNW. Having worked with multiple Presidents during my time with SWE PNW in my roles through NomCom and as Vice President of Social and Networking, I have seen how rewarding being President can be and want to experience the same role. These past few years during the pandemic, SWE PNW has continued to create a community and I want to use the next two years as President-Elect and President to continue to grow our member engagement and strengthen the bonds SWE PNW has created through community and member events. As President-Elect, I will be able to spend a year learning to be an effective President and will be able to start or re-start programs I am passionate about and see them through to fruition over the span of two fiscal years.

Outside of SWE PNW, I am involved in other professional and non-profit organizations in the community and continue to keep in touch with friends and colleagues I have met in school and in industry during my time in Washington. I have been able to use these connections to help schedule company tours for college students as an outreach event, fill conference panel seats, and hold joint group events. As President-Elect and eventually President, I hope to bridge my professional and personal interests with SWE PNW to create and re-establish connections SWE PNW has within the PNW community to spread SWE PNW’s mission, vision, and core values.

Secretary Candidates

Asa Reyes-Chavez

Biography

Hi, my name is Asa [she/her(s)]. I am a PNW-native and a first-generation Latina, with a low-income background, that graduated from Washington State University (WSU) in 2020 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. My current position is as a Water Solutions Engineer at Parametrix, Inc. where I switch hats between designing water/wastewater facilities, conveyance, and collection system and managing construction administration/services projects. 

I have been involved with SWE since my freshman year at WSU. It was a great support system that I grew more involved with throughout my undergraduate studies. I was an active member attending regular meetings, tabling events, and I served as the SWEster Mentoring Program coordinator for multiple terms which paired upperclassman with underclassman/transfer students. I led and served on several committees for our annual events such “Evening with Industry” and “Kids’ Science and Engineering Day” (for more information about these events, please visit https://swe.wsu.edu/). 

As a young professional and recent graduate, I am new to the PNW SWE chapter. So far, I’ve attended a virtual happy hour where I was able to meet some amazing people and I attended WE’21 virtually. Since then, I have been inspired to get more involved in this chapter.


Candidate Statement

SWE is such an amazing international organization and I align with similar core values that this organization holds. Having had such positive experience in my undergraduate studies, it led me to seek involvement post-graduation. It has been challenging to start my career in a virtual environment and I know other may feel that same. I am ready to get involved and continuing to empower and uplift others. 

I am a positive and driven individual is who is always equipped with a good meme, recipe, or book! I believe my skills and mindset make a good fit for this organization and chapter. I am interested in the Secretary position because I want to help this chapter continue to build a solid foundation to carry out the mission and vision of SWE as well as brainstorm new ways to recruit members and do more outreach with our communities.

I am also involved in multiple organizations within the water industry such as American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the local Water Environment Federation (WEF) chapter – Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA). I believe these organizations have the potential to be beneficial partners with SWE and vice versa. I was involved in many non-profit organizations throughout my studies that allowed me to learn and grow appreciation for various perspectives and experiences, which fed my passion for volunteering. I am looking forward to promoting the vision and goals of SWE using these experiences and connections through a position or membership within the chapter.

Treasurer-Elect Candidates

Lisa Wipplinger

Biography

Dr. Lisa Wipplinger, SE, LEED AP BD+C is an experienced creative engineer, educator, consultant, and leader with expertise in integrated design, mindful building, deep sustainability, and education. Her professional experience includes faculty positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Kansas State University, along with structural engineering consulting and design. She specializes in connecting the technical and non-technical and building profound resonance through inquiry and discovery. She is the founder and president of Savvy Structures Inc, executive director of the nonprofit Water Harmony Network and is currently a structural engineering project manager at Seattle Structural PS Inc.


Candidate Statement

I have recently returned to Seattle and am looking for ways to re-engage with the professional community here. I have a long history of supporting diversity and inclusiveness and promoting STEAM among women and girls. I have served has committee chair for Women’s History Month observance, faculty advisor for SWE at the US Military Academy at West Point and Kansas State University, Girl Scout Engineering Day volunteer, and Expanding Your Horizons panel expert. Encouraging, celebrating, supporting, and mentoring women in technical fields is one of my passions and I would be pleased to serve as PNW SWE Treasurer-elect in order to become more involved. Though I have held other leadership positions that included financial and budget management, I have not previously served as a Treasurer. I look forward to expanding my experience while supporting and learning from the Treasurer if elected to this position.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Call for FY23 Nominations

Hello SWE PNW!

We hope that this note finds you well! As we are preparing for a great FY23, we are opening the nomination period for the SWE PNW elected officer positions.

This year the elected officer positions for the executive council are:
  • President-Elect (two-year term, becomes FY24 President)
  • Secretary (one-year term)
  • Treasurer-Elect (two-year term, becomes FY24 Treasurer)

Please note that the President and Treasurer positions are already filled for FY23 as they were voted President-Elect and Treasurer-Elect for FY22. Each executive council position will have at least the following responsibility: All elected officers are expected to attend the monthly executive council meetings.

The following positions will be appointed by the FY23 executive council once the elections are complete:
  • Vice President of Outreach
  • Vice President of Professional Development
  • Vice President of Social & Networking

Additional details of each elected and appointed position are included in the second half of this post.

Your nomination, for either elected or appointed position(s), needs to only consist of your name and position(s) of interest at this time. Please limit nominations to up to 3 position(s) and provide order of interest by email to swe.pnw.nomination@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about making a nomination for any of these positions, feel free to reach out to the Nomination Committee. We are more than willing to help answer your questions!

Thank you,

SWE PNW Nomination Committee

Stephanie Tu, Upekesha Ngugi
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President (Filled for FY23)
The role of section president is to be filled by the president-elect from the prior fiscal year’s elections.  If the president-elect is unable to fulfill the duties or was not elected by section membership, the role of the president must appear on the ballot. The president’s duties are to include but are not limited to:
  • Represent the section before the public and preside at meetings of the section and its executive council;
  • Appoint the chairs of all committees, with the approval of the executive council, except chair of nominating committee;
  • Approve the appointment of all committee members, except the members of the nominating committee;
  • Authorize the disbursement of section funds within the budget approved by the executive council;
  • Be an authorized signatory on all section accounts;
  • Coordinate activities and execute the business and policies of the section between meetings;
  • Review and approve the year-end section financial report;
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
  • Perform other duties normally associated with the office of president or as may be assigned by the executive council or the governance documents.
President-Elect
The role of president-elect is meant to spend the year learning what the president’s role entails such that the seat-holder can easily transition to President in the next fiscal year. The candidate must be willing to dedicate time throughout the two (2) years as a President-elect and President to lead the officers, and to work with SWE headquarters. The president-elect's duties are to include but are not limited to:
  • Assume the duties of the president in case of temporary absence or temporary inability to serve;
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned;
  • Authorize the disbursement of section funds within the budget approved by the executive council; and
  • Perform other duties incident to the office of president-elect, whether assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
Secretary

The position of secretary is elected to a 1 (one) year term.  The secretary’s duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain records of the section, record meeting minutes at all EC meetings, maintain and update bylaws as needed;

  • Serve as the section data officer and send out email communications to membership;

  • Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned;

  • Support the virtual brand committee by maintaining connection between the virtual brand committee and the executive council; and

  • Perform other duties normally associated with the office of secretary or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

Treasurer (Filled for FY23)
The role of treasurer is to be filled by the treasurer-elect from the prior fiscal year’s elections.  If the treasurer-elect is unable to fulfill the duties or was not elected by section membership, the role of the treasurer must appear on the ballot. The treasurer’s duties will include but are not limited to:
  • Be responsible for the collection, distribution, and safekeeping of section funds;
  • Be an authorized signatory on all section accounts;
  • Prepare, maintain, and report as directed on the financial position of the section in relation to the approved budget;
  • Submit a financial report to the Society in accordance with established procedures;
  • Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and
  • Perform other duties normally associated with the office of treasurer or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.
Treasurer-Elect

This role is meant to spend the year learning what the Treasurer’s role entails such that the seat-holder can easily transition to Treasurer in the next fiscal year. The candidate must be willing to dedicate time throughout the two (2) years as a treasurer-elect and treasurer to lead the officers, and to work with SWE headquarters. The treasurer-elect’s duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Assume the duties of treasurer in case of temporary absence or temporary inability to serve;

  • Be an authorized signatory on all section accounts;

  • Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and

  • Perform other duties incident to the office of treasurer-elect, whether assigned by the president, the treasurer, or the governance documents.

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Vice President of Outreach
The position of VP of Outreach is appointed to a 1 (one) year term.  The duties of this position will include but are not limited to:
  • This officer manages and oversees the section’s outreach activities;
  • Oversee the deployment of SWE PNW Student K-12 Outreach Programs such as:
    • Explore Engineering Workshops
    • Kids in Science and Engineering (KISE)
    • Expanding your Horizons (EYH)
    • Community outreach booths (e.g., PSEC Engineering Fair booth)
  • Schedule and plan events, engage volunteers, and manage the outreach portions of the section budget;
  • Oversee the section Outreach Committee; and
  • The intent of this role is to serve as liaison with student outreach programs, especially K-12.  As the size and volunteer interest in the section allows, mentorship programs with collegiate students may be coordinated through other section volunteers, such as a mentoring program coordinator.

Vice President of Professional Development
The position of VP of Professional Development is appointed to a 1 (one) year term.  The duties of this position will include but are not limited to:
  • This officer will be responsible for the section’s professional development; 
  • Develop events including but not limited to technical talks, technical tours, skills development/workshops, and Executive leadership talks;
  • Schedule and plan events, engage volunteers, and manage the professional development portions of the section budget; and
  • Oversee the Professional Development Committee. 

Vice President of Social & Networking
The position of VP of Social & Networking is appointed to a 1 (one) year term.  The duties of this position will include but are not limited to:
  • This officer will be responsible for the section’s social and networking activities; 
  • Develop events including but not limited to coffee chats, happy hours, trivia/game nights, and event meetups (sports, hiking, etc);
  • Schedule and plan events, engage volunteers, and manage the social and networking portions of the section budget; and
  • Oversee the Social & Networking Committee. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

FY22 SWE PNW Certificate of Merit Recipients

  Contributor: Grace Amundsen Barnkow




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.

 

Congratulations to the following 2022 recipients!

SENIORS

 

Daniela Sekhar

Emi Nakata

Elizabeth Bollich

Kaytlin Vanderhorst

Samantha Corcoran

Alexis Yates

Ashlynn LeClercq

Mia Winstead

Zoe Eisenbrey

Heather Seldomridge

Anna Stolp

 

 

JUNIORS

 

Ella Jung

Avery Rochon

Heidi Anderson

Melissa Fifer

Edith Contreras Moreno

Evelyn Schmidt

Courtney Johnson

 

 

 

Good luck to our Senior Certificate of Merit recipients as they begin their college careers this fall!

 

Saturday, January 8, 2022

FY21 SWE PNW Certificate of Merit Scholarship Recipients

 Contributor: Elaine Reeves




 

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our recipients of the Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section’s 2021 Certification of Merit Freshman Scholarship.

 

This Freshman Scholarship is associated with the SWE PNW Certificate of Merit (COM) program established to honor graduating high school women having high achievement in science and mathematics, who have been accepted for enrollment in an ABET accredited engineering school, and who provided a compelling written statement explaining why she would like to be an engineer and why she wants and/or needs this scholarship.

 

Congratulations to the following 2021 recipients!

 

Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section’s 2021 Certification of Merit

Freshman Scholarship in the amount of $1000

Halima Taddei from Shorewood HS attending University of Washington

 

Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section’s 2021 Certification of Merit

Freshman Scholarship in the amount of $750

Abigail Burnett from Bellingham HS attending University of Washington

Catalina Kashiwa from Shorewood HS attending University of Washington

 

Society of Women Engineers Pacific Northwest Section’s 2021 Certification of Merit

Freshman Scholarship in the amount of $500

Abigail Emert from Seattle Preparatory School going to California Polytechnic State University

Julia Heywood from Bellingham HS going to Gonzaga University

Paola Medina from Shorewood High School going to Seattle University

Vivian Corcoro from Shorecrest High School going to University of Washington

 

Thank you to our FY21 judges for reviewing all the applications. The scholarship program would not be successful without volunteers like you.

 


Thursday, June 3, 2021

FY21 SWE PNW Certificate of Merit Recipients

 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.

 

SENIORS

Abigail Burnett
Abigail Emert
Avery Zill
Caitlyn Kwong
Catalina Kashiwa
Emily Molstad
Halima Taddei
Hannah Brendley
Hannah Woods
Isabel Magee
Jasmine Chiu
Jerlen Vega
Julia Heywood
Lesley Chan
Madeline Hendricksen
Maia Nelsen
Monica Kramer
Octavia Prosser
Olivia Myers
Paola Medina
Petra Allred
Phoebe McNair-Luxon
Rachel Hu
Vivian Corcoro

 

JUNIORS

Aliyah Moa

Asha Viswanathan

Ashlynn LeClerq

Brianna Blanchard

Emma Cook

Faith Villarreal

Iris Pang

Kessa Russell

Kyla Johnson

Lia Zaboiski

Lindsey Hiett

Marissa Ringness

Matlyn Miller

Megan O'Neill

Mia Winstead

Natalie Alexander

Rayen Hopkins

Samantha Corcoran

Tanya Prihar

 

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

Thursday, May 27, 2021

FY22 Section Election Guide - Candidate Bios and Statements

Hello Readers! The FY21 Nomination Committee is excited to present the following slate of candidates for consideration by the membership as SWE PNW officers for the FY22 fiscal year:
  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Treasurer-Elect
  • Vice President of Outreach
  • Vice President of Professional Development

President Candidates

Stephanie Tu

Biography

Stephanie is a member of Boeing’s Engineering Career Foundation Program (ECFP), a two year engineering rotational program across different business units and product life cycle stages. Since she started in 2019, she has worked in flight controls, additive manufacturing, flight test and production engineering. She has been involved with SWE since her freshman year at Rutgers University, eventually serving as the Section President for two years. Most recently, Stephanie is the current SWE PNW Treasurer and President-Elect, working together with the rest of the Executive Council to implement monthly events for our community to stay connected. 
On the SWE National level, Stephanie has experience as a SWE Future Leader and a Region E Collegiate Communications Editor. In FY21, she has been leading the SWE Student Programs Committee New Benefits Workgroup, focusing on research and development of new initiatives for high school and middle school SWENexters. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exercising, painting, and collecting succulents.

Candidate Statement

To my fellow SWE PNW members, it has been a pleasure meeting and getting to know you this year. Our section has so many amazing and passionate members and I am constantly inspired by you all. As such, I would like to continue my involvement and give back to the community as your section President. 
This year as the SWE PNW Treasurer, I managed the section finances, filled out financial reports and created a framework to more easily track and budget our funds. In addition, I took the initiative to develop external partnerships with collegiate and professional sections; We have some exciting plans in the works for a mentorship program and joint professional events. In my other role, as President-Elect, I have been shadowing our current President Cary and am familiar with the processes and standards that help the PNW Section run efficiently. 
Some of my goals for FY22 are to increase member engagement (I welcome any feedback that you might have!) and to hold more outreach events. I have heard from members that they want to get involved, but they are not sure how. We have over 500 members in our section, all of whom are good resources and have many things to share. As a board member, I will build upon the successes of FY21 and continue to foster an inclusive environment in our chapter. 
Lastly, I also have had SWE positions at all levels, attended both national and regional conferences and know about the structure of the organization. I can leverage the contacts that I created at these roles to continue to learn and implement best practices for our section. I am excited to continue my SWE involvement and look forward to meeting more of you in the future! 

President-Elect Candidates

Grace Amundsen Barnkow

Biography

Grace is a Civil Engineer specializing in Transportation, Development, and Public Policy Analysis, working for the City of SeaTac.  Grace has been active in SWE since serving as Secretary/Treasurer for SWE at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009.  Since then, Grace has also had experience serving on the board of the ASCE Tacoma-Olympia chapter, and as President of the UAF ITE chapter.  Grace also has experience growing an organization, with roles including cofounding a successful non-profit makerspace, as the VP of Recruiting for a new chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, and on the board of a several sci-fi and gaming conventions. Grace has lived in Washington since 2017.  She grew up as an Army brat and has lived in a long list of places in the US and abroad.  Grace is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree remotely with the University of Colorado Denver, with research interests in affordable housing and cannabis deregulation impacts on traffic safety, anticipated graduation next spring.  Grace also owns a small fabrication shop that makes 3d printed, molded, and laser cut artwork, and an Airbnb.  In her free time, Grace enjoys historical reenactment events, open water swimming, travel, and art.

Candidate Statement

Most of my peers do not seem to be members of, or even familiar with, SWE, and I would like to have a role in changing that.  I have spent the last year and a half concentrating on building my small businesses and finishing graduate school, but with the latter nearly finished and my businesses running smoothly, I have extra bandwidth to look at volunteering with an organization I am passionate about.  SWE was my first introduction to engineering, all the way back in middle school, and supported me with scholarships during university.  The President-Elect position will give me the opportunity to lend my service in return, identify room for improvement for engagement and absorb the intricacies of chapter leadership.  While I am new to the Section Leadership of SWE PNW, I am prepared and passionate for the role, and would have the first year to familiarize myself with the section intricacies.  As a Civil Engineer, I can also offer a different professional background and a new range of contacts.


Secretary Candidates

Gail Cornelius

Biography

I am fulfilling a dream of service to a field (and organization) that first showed up in my life as part of a “What is Engineering?” assignment in Mr. Roberts’ 7th grade MESA class. Born and raised in Seattle, I have had the fortune of applying my two engineering degrees in both industry and academia. For four years I was an officer (including President) for one of the largest student sections in the country (Cal Poly), and my first Boeing internship came after sitting with a recruiter at our “Evening With Industry” banquet. 18 years later, I had a “mid-career crisis” and left Boeing to become the inaugural Director of UW’s “Career Center @ Engineering,” where I oversee the professional development of over 8,000 Engineering students (28% of them female). I also serve as the adviser for UW’s SWE student section, which boasts over 400 members. Outside of work, I married my college sweetheart (another engineer!), and we have two beautiful daughters, who both aspire to be in STEM-related fields. I also coach girls volleyball at a local high school and am also President of Cal Poly’s Seattle alumni chapter. 

Candidate Statement

Analytical. Arranger. Deliberative. Focus. Strategic. These five strengths are indicative of the detailed nature of my personality, fit for the role of Secretary.

I look forward to sharing our SWE members’ stories so that young girls realize that they are not alone. Being a minority myself, I wanted desperately to fit in and see people “like me” in my fields of interest. As a mother to a middle school daughter, I know how important “confidence” is, particularly around math and science. As a mother of a fifth grader, I’m helping my student navigate the choppy waters of the social scene & confidence issues. To continue an upward trend of females in engineering, we must open communication lines with a wide audience through programming and awareness. I want to use the Secretary role to share our members’ stories and be a visible presence in the community.

Just as SWE supported my development, I hope to provide that scaffold through robust & regular communication as Secretary. At my alma mater, I served four years as a student section officer and gained organizational, leadership, and communication skills. As adviser/counselor for UW’s collegiate section, I share my SWE story regularly; just because a student gains a degree does not mean that her need for support, praise, and encouragement stops. At UW we encourage the College-to-Career membership, and I hope to use this Secretary role for more resource sharing & community building.

I had a fabulous opportunity to reconnect & reflect with the professional section last year as Secretary. As our operations shifted virtually, I plan to use those lessons learned to make improvements right from the start. I hope to re-invigorate the presence of the SWE-PNW our section to our members, both prospective and current.

Treasurer Candidates

Megan Buck

Biography

Megan Buck received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2016 and currently works at Schneider Electric as a Sales Engineer. She moved to the Seattle area in 2019 and started volunteering with SWE PNW in FY21 as Treasurer Elect. Before moving to Seattle, Megan was involved with SWE CRS in Portland as their Webmaster. She also worked on the Local Host Committees for WE Local Bellevue and Salt Lake City. In her free time, Megan enjoys running, hiking with her dog, and snowboarding. 

Candidate Statement

I’m excited to be running as Treasurer for FY22! In the past year, I’ve gained a better understanding of the history and current status of the SWE PNW section. Spending a year as Treasurer-Elect was a great way to learn how the section functions. I feel confident that I’m prepared to take over as the section treasurer and keep our section in good standing. Going forward in FY22, I hope to see the impact of SWE PNW continue to grow through social, outreach and professional development events.


Treasurer-Elect Candidates

Kelsie McCall

Biography

Kelsie is an Industrial Engineer with the U.S. Navy at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA, where she works in the Capital Investment Division. She transferred to the Pacific Northwest in 2020 from her job as a Process Engineer with the U.S. Navy at the Fleet Readiness Center in Jacksonville, FL. A Florida native, Kelsie attended the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. In the collegiate UCF SWE section, Kelsie served as an Outreach Officer and on the executive board for two years as both Secretary and President.

Since high school, Kelsie has been passionately involved in STEM Outreach, including outreach through SWE. She also continues this through the STEM Outreach Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and playing board games from her and her husband’s ever-growing collection.

Candidate Statement

When I joined SWE at my college, I was blown away by the friendliness and support. SWE helped me find my first internship at a WE Conference, exposed me to fields and subjects I hadn’t heard about, and through the years has helped me find friends and a professional network.

Although I am new to the Pacific Northwest SWE section, I have attended three national conferences and participated in the UCF Collegiate Section and the Central Florida Professional Section. I am familiar with the structure of the organization. I hope to use my time as Treasurer-Elect to learn the procedures of this section and join a continuing effort towards good custodianship of SWE funds.

In my role working with the Navy’s capital investment program, I am experienced with budget cycles and financial reports. I also love data analysis, reporting, and visualization. 

I firmly believe in SWE’s mission—empowering women and showing the value of diversity—and I want to do all I can to support that in this section. As I am fairly early in my career, I see this position as a way to learn something new; I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning from others.

Vice President of Outreach Candidates

Geya Kairamkonda


Biography

Hello! My name is Geya Kairamkonda and I graduated from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder with my Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2020. Shortly after, I made the move to WA to work as a flight controls engineer at Boeing Commercial. While I’m relatively new to the professional section, I was heavily involved in my collegiate section at CU with 4 years of officer involvement: Historian, Director of Awards, Director of Events, and Vice President. As Director of Events, I would coordinate our weekly club meetings ranging from social activities to career skill workshops. As Vice President, I organized our bi-annual networking events connecting our SWE collegiate section with industry professionals to promote professional development. Throughout college, I have been involved in several outreach experiences, my favorite was mentoring second graders in building imaginative bee houses. As an Indian woman, I have experienced my fair share of discrimination and doubt, but it was SWE that helped me rewrite the narrative of what an engineer should look like. As an officer, my goal would be to provide resources and cultivate a community for other women to achieve their dreams. 

Candidate Statement

Outreach is a powerful investment in our future generation of engineers. I strongly believe that it is our responsibility to empower young women to pursue STEM and push past their familial or socio-economic barriers. My outreach experiences include sitting on panels to talk to prospective college students, coaching second graders with their bee house projects, helping establish a mentorship program, and volunteering at various schools for one-time outreach events. I am passionate about getting women excited about STEM. In college, I was the Vice President of CU Boulder SWE where I successfully planned and executed two section wide networking events to connect collegiate women with professionals. As VP, I maintained regular and timely correspondence with industry professionals to discuss event attendance and sponsorships which played a pivotal role in our yearly section funding. Additionally, I managed the networking portion of our section budget by finding affordable yet effective options for event venues, catering, and advertising. From planning to the day of, I engaged with other SWE member volunteers and oversaw their duties to ensure that event planning and execution ran smoothly. The aforementioned skills can easily translate to this outreach position. My vision for this position is to encourage young women to pursue or persist in STEM. If elected, I want to host a mini SWE conference for K-12, with technical workshops, panels, and keynote speakers. Technical workshops could include programming a Raspberry Pi, visualizing 3D structures with origami, etc. We could also incorporate a “science lab” for the younger kids to build simple catapults, bottle rockets, Legos, etc. We can use many of these ideas in individual outreach events as well. I believe in the power of education of young women. If elected, I will work hard in providing opportunities and resources to our community of young minds.

Vice President of Professional Development Candidates

There are no candidates for the role of Vice President of Professional Development.  Petition candidates are allowed until June 3rd.

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