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.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Call for FY22 Nominations

Hello SWE PNW!

We hope that this note finds you healthy and well! As we are preparing for a great FY22, we have several great opportunities open for elected positions.

The elected officer positions for the executive council are:
  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Treasurer-Elect
The elected officer positions are:
  • Vice President of Outreach
  • Vice President of Professional Development

Each position will have at least the following responsibilities:
  • All elected and non-elected officers will be asked to attend the summer and winter organizational planning sessions
  • All elected and non-elected officers will be invited to the monthly executive council meetings
Please note that the President and Treasurer positions need to be filled this year due to the current President-Elect and Treasurer-Elect being appointed to the roles. 

Additional details of each elected position are included at the end of this blog entry.

Your nomination at this point need only consist of your name and position(s) of interest. Please return all nominations by email to swe.pnw.nomination@gmail.com by ThursdayMay 13, 2021.

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

Thank you,
FY21 SWE PNW Nomination Committee
Tiffany Tang, April Brockhoeft, Claire Robinson


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President
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’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;

  • 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
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.


Vice President of Outreach
The position of VP of Outreach is elected 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 the following SWE PNW Student K-12 Outreach Programs:
    • 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 elected 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.

Friday, July 17, 2020

FY21 Section Election Guide: Candidate Bios and Statements


Hello Readers! The FY20 Nomination Committee is excited to present the following slate of candidates for consideration by the membership as SWE PNW officers for the FY21 fiscal year:
  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Treasurer-Elect

President Candidates

Cary Kaczowka

Biography

Cary Kaczowka is a manager with Boeing Commercial Aircraft’s Customer Engineering organization. Over the past seven years she has been a materials engineer in Boeing’s Product Development group and a structural design engineer supporting the 777X program. She grew up in Massachusetts and earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation & Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013. While working full time she completed her M.S. in Materials Engineering at USC in 2019. She lives aboard her 34’ sailboat, and has spent the past few years learning about diesel engine and boat maintenance, racing sailboats, cruising the Puget Sound, and sharing the joy of sailing as much as possible. Cary has been a member of SWE’s Leadership Coaching Committee since 2013 and a member of SWE since 2009.

Candidate Statement

Hello fellow SWE members! Like many of you I joined the Society of Women Engineers in order to grow personally and professionally, and hopefully gain some leadership experience. SWE has brought me countless friendships and professional connections and is one of the reasons I have the job I have today. I hope to be considered for the role of Pacific Northwest Section president in order to give back to the society that has done so much for me.
My SWE experience includes 4 years as a collegiate section officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (including section president), 7 years on the Leadership Coaching Committee, and a number of regional and societal conference presentations. Most recently I was fortunate enough to give a keynote speech at the 2020 WeLocal conference in Salt Lake City. I have continued to stay involved with SWE through societal committees, and this next year I would like to work with fellow PNW SWE members to continue to build and strengthen our local section.
The Pacific Northwest is a unique location filled with talented engineers across nearly every industry. Our section membership is distributed amongst beautiful landscapes and has members at every stage of their careers. We have a diversity of membership worth celebrating, and along with the 2021 PNW SWE officer board I hope to create opportunities to foster the connections amongst us. Many of our section members are looking to network, consider career transitions, develop new skills, or simply to give back to the community.
My first goal as the PNW section president will be to help anyone who is interested to truly feel like a member of a SWE section (and have fun doing it). I’m looking for your support and participation in FY2021 – in whatever way is right for you. Thank you!


President-Elect Candidates

Rachel Gitajn

Biography

Although relatively new to SWE PNW, Rachel is a longtime SWE leader, having served as both section President and Regional Lieutenant Governor while living and working in Vermont. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Rachel Gitajn spent the first 13 years of her career working as a Design Engineer in the outdoor industry—developing snowboard products, bicycles, and footwear in a mix of engineering, product design and innovation roles. In 2018, Rachel moved to Seattle to join local startup, Glowforge, as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. It was Rachel’s extensive outreach experience that first drew her to Glowforge, which makes a pioneering laser cutter/engraver optimized for at-home artists and crafters, seeing it as the perfect tool to help inspire the next generation of diverse engineers and creators. After moving 3 times in the past 5 years, Rachel is really excited to plant roots in Seattle and take on a leadership role with SWE PNW. When she’s not working, you’ll find Rachel either in the mountains (hiking, snowboarding, backpacking or mountain biking), or at her home in Ballard gardening and nurturing her beloved houseplants.

Candidate Statement

When Dana, the WE Local—Bellevue Chair who I worked with as a member of the Program Subcommittee last year, reached out about the call for FY21 officer nominations, I was interested right away. After moving 3 times in the past 5 years, I’ve finally begun to set roots here in Seattle. My partner and I bought a house last year, and I have been itching to expand my local network and re-engage in community work that I love. SWE has always inspired and energized me, originally as a member, and later as a chapter and regional leader. While I was Vice President and President of my SWE chapter in Vermont, we doubled our engagement and event attendance, cemented our relationship with local organizations for outreach partnerships, and built a strong reputation for programming by sending the presenters of local annual workshops (on topics like Salary Negotiation) to the SWE Annual Conferences. Not only was I involved in my local section, I’ve also attended numerous regional and national conferences over the years, and have been an annual conference speaker twice, once as a panelist at the 2007, and later as an individual speaker, presenting “Designing Your Dream Job” in Nashville at WE15. I love this organization and see the next two years as a perfect opportunity to re-energize the local PNW chapter and re-commit our community to our values that seem more timely than ever - integrity, inclusion, trust, mutual support, and professional excellence. The President-Elect position is a perfect place for me to focus my energy and passion, while also learning the intricacies of our local chapter and chapter governance that will set me up for success the following year as President. Thanks in advance for your consideration!

Secretary Candidates

Elaine Reeves

Biography

Elaine is an Environmental Compliance Engineer at Microsoft in Redmond, WA and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington Bothell. Originally from Edina, MN, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Art in Physics at the University of St Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. Elaine earned her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.
Elaine Reeves is a SWE Life Member with over 10 years as a professional member; 7 of which has been here in the Pacific Northwest. Elaine has held leadership positions in both the Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest Professional sections and within Region J.
Elaine is active at the society level with reviewing scholarships for both incoming freshmen and upperclassmen since 2009 and has recently become a collegiate poster judge.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, all things Disney, and spending time with her husband, 2 toddler daughters and 2 dogs.


Candidate Statement

Hi SWE PNW. I am currently running for Secretary of our section for FY21. As the FY21 Secretary, I would like to continue the work on documentation that has currently been implemented as well as work on creating more clarity to the roles and processes of SWE PNW. I enjoy working with the executive board and want to make sure that they are supported in their roles as well as assist in bringing programs to our members.
I have previously served as your FY19 President, FY18 President-Elect, & FY15/16/17 Section Representative as elected roles and numerous unelected positions as well. I am eager to apply my knowledge of SWE to this role.


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’ 7 th 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 in school, I wanted desperately to fit in and see people “like me” in my fields of interest. Currently being a mother to a middle school daughter, I know how important “confidence” is, particularly around math and science. And as a mother of a fourth grader, I’m starting to help my student navigate the choppy waters of the social scene & confidence issues. If we intend to continue an upward trend of females in engineering, it is integral that we 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 student section, I share my SWE story regularly with my officers because I see first-hand how important it is to continue a young woman’s journey into the field; just because she 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.
As Secretary, I look to re-invigorate the presence of the SWE-PNW our section to our members, both prospective and current.


Lynn Aylesworth

Biography

I first joined SWE at Everett Community College and heavily invested my time to SWE at Washington State University (WSU) Everett, where I studied electrical engineering. I attended two WE Nationals while attending and three WE Locals. While I was at WSU Everett, I was the Associated Students President and graduated with Summa Cum Laude. I just graduated in May and am currently working at Crane Aerospace & Electronics and wanting to get more involved as a professional with SWE. This community made me realize how great and supportive women are in the STEM field and would love to see that spread. I love my dog Luna and recently just got more involved with hiking. If anyone wants to go hiking once COVID-19 passes, I would love to go!

Candidate Statement

The school that I attended for undergrad did not have many women engineers. I was one of two in the graduating class of 2020 for the electrical engineering program. I have seen the men that support the women in STEM and the other women empowering the other women. At my work, there are also not a lot of women in the engineering field. SWE is a great organization to really showcase everyone supporting women as we grow in the STEM fields. Being one of very few engineers at my work, I would love to spread the positivity of empowering women engineers. I would like to see SWE continue to grow to showcase women that are succeeding in these STEM majors. In addition, I would love to see younger generations adapt to the newer science and math that are being uncovered. I also see SWE growing to be a very diverse section that has a positive outlook on equal opportunity for women. As Secretary, I would love to be a supportive role in SWE PNW. Not only that but be an active role model and support the future women and men in STEM.

Prerana Jaikumar

Biography

Hi, my name is Prerana Jaikumar! I am a Biomedical Engineering graduate of Case Western Reserve University, class of 2018. I am currently a graduate student studying a Master's in Information Management, specializing in User Experience at the University of Washington, Seattle. I hope to pursue a career in product management in the health tech industry. I have served both as a Secretary and as a Director of Programming of the Case Western Reserve University SWE section during my years as a collegiate member. As a collegiate, I helped develop industry relations with my university through networking events held on-campus and on-site at local companies. I also helped organize our annual Engineering Explorer event with local Girl Scouts, where Girl Scouts would have opportunities to engage in different science- and engineering-themed stations situated all around campus. I have also attended 3 WE Annual Conferences, in Philadelphia, PA; Minneapolis, MN; and Anaheim, CA. SWE has helped me grow professionally - both in my technical expertise and in my confidence as a woman in STEM. As a former Midwesterner, I am excited to grow my experience as a member of the SWE PNW region!

Candidate Statement

I am applying for the position of Secretary of the SWE PNW section. I feel that I am an excellent candidate for the position, given my extensive experience with SWE at the collegiate level and my passion for empowering women to pursue careers in STEM. I served as Secretary (1 year) and Director of Programming (1 year) of the Case Western Reserve University section during college, and I have also attended 3 WE Annual Conferences. I discovered SWE as a sophomore in college; the women I met through SWE guided and inspired me to broaden my goals and gain confidence as an engineer. I want to continue paying it forward for younger generations, to support my peers as they aim high for their goals, and to subsequently grow myself in this supportive environment.
  My past experience as a collegiate Secretary and professional experience as a Project Manager lend themselves well to the role of the SWE PNW Secretary. As Secretary, I will be sure to document clear and effective minutes and maintain records in an orderly and timely fashion. I will also communicate well to all officers and liaise often with the virtual brand committee to ensure everyone is well-informed. I hope to eventually move into product management in the health tech industry; I believe this role would help strengthen my management and communication skills. Additionally, I am originally from the Midwest. I would love to share my experiences being from a different part of the country and network with women engineers from the PNW area! I will also be a graduate student at the University of Washington this fall. I plan to incorporate SWE into my regular schedule as a student, and prioritize it as I would with any class or research commitment.


Treasurer Candidates

Erin Kiselica

Biography

Erin Kiselica is a Software Engineer at Amazon, where she currently works on interactive shopping experiences with the Amazon Live team. She holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Outside of work, Erin spends much of her time organizing all things music-related at Amazon, and you can find her playing clarinet with the Amazon Symphony Orchestra and Amazon Winds. She also loves puzzles and helps run the Amazon Puzzlehunt and Puzzled Pint Seattle.
Erin is a SWE Life Member, and SWE has been an important part of her life since her freshman year of college in 2007. She has previously held various leadership roles including Outreach Coordinator, organizing RIT SWE's award-winning overnight outreach program for two years, and Section Representative for SWE Philadelphia in FY16. Most recently, Erin served as the Collegiate Scholarship Chair for SWE PNW in FY19, and continues to be involved in SWE through outreach and as a society scholarship judge.


Candidate Statement

Hi everyone, I would like to submit my name for your consideration for Treasurer for FY21. Our section has a huge opportunity in terms of jump-starting our programs and re-engaging our members this year, and I am excited to get a running start. Having good financial health is core to any program, and I am able to bring my experience from other board positions to ensure we stay on track and our records stay organized. Most recently, I created and secured the first ever funding for Musicians@Amazon, a parent program for Amazon's musical groups, and currently manage the budgets for the three groups within the program. I also have experience creating reports from my time as the Amazon Symphony Orchestra's Membership Officer, where I tracked trends in membership as well as presented member survey data to the board to influence our overall direction and to our members to promote transparency. While my recent board experience is musical in nature, I am extremely passionate about technology education and outreach, and have taught Computer Science classes in local high schools for the past three years through TEALS. SWE is an organization that means a lot to me, and it has provided support through my college years, transition to becoming a professional engineer, and relocations around the country. I look forward to bringing that same support to our members by serving as a part of the FY21 Executive Council. Thank you for your consideration!

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, and flight test. She has been involved with SWE since her freshman year at Rutgers University, contributing to SWE at the local, regional, and national levels. As President of the Rutgers SWE Chapter for two years, Stephanie worked with her executive board to create and implement weekly events for the STEM community and sought to make SWE an inclusive environment for all genders and majors. As a result of her passion for mentoring and STEM outreach, Stephanie has volunteered over 350 hours to engage the next generation of engineers and was chosen for the 2019 Outstanding Collegiate Member Award at WE19. In addition to her Rutgers SWE involvement, Stephanie was a SWE Future Leader and a Region E Collegiate Communications Editor. She currently is the lead of the SWE Student Programs Committee New Benefits Workgroup and ran a SWENext pilot mentoring program in Pittsburgh, PA last year. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exercising, painting, and collecting succulents.

Candidate Statement

For as long as I can remember, SWE has always been my constant. The SWE Chapter at Rutgers University has provided me with a support system that helped me learn and grow into the person that I am today. As such, I would like to continue my involvement with SWE as a professional member and give back to the community as the Treasurer of the PNW Section.
I served as the treasurer of the Rutgers University SWE Section and have experience with managing a budget, collecting funds, providing timely reimbursements, and filling out financial reports for SWE HQ. As I mentioned in my bio, I also have had SWE positions at all levels, attended both national and regional conferences and am familiar with the structure of the organization. I can leverage the contacts that I created at these roles to learn best practices for our section.
Having been a part of the PNW section for over a year now, I would like to work on engaging more recent graduates and early career professionals. I have heard from members that they want to get involved and meet others in the area, but they are not sure how. Some ideas I had were monthly meet ups (virtual of course!) to discuss different topics or game nights. Another strategy I want to pursue is to collaborate with the collegiate/SWENext sections in our area more. We have over 500 members in our section who are all good resources for these younger engineers. As a board member, I would work to create these opportunities whether it may be long term mentoring or a one-time event. I am excited to continue my SWE involvement and look forward to meeting you all in the future!


Suzanne Ailene Hakam

Biography & Candidate Statement

PNW has one of the largest Section Treasuries in SWE due to 1983 Society Conference overage share, several bequests by Members who are still with us in spirit and several years of consciously staying within or under budget. This next fiscal year, the primary challenges are to conveying accurate section fiscal information to the officer team, complete a simplification and consolidation of section finances started back in 2015, and how to invest our monies wisely so as to provide long term support for operations and a revitalized scholarship program. Especially important to me is mentoring and working with the Treasurer successor, the Treasurer Elect. In the past the Treasurer position has seemed to operate more or less as a solo position. I am excited by the opportunity to make it more of a team effort and provide the supporting structure the section leadership needs.
I am well suited for this position as I know the details and history of our funds. I have previously been Section Treasurer in fiscal years 2002/2003 and 2004/2005 and again in fiscal years 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. I have also been involved with several section level financial audits.
I am a long-time, active SWE member (since 1983). I have held both appointed and elected positions on the national and local levels over the years. I have served twice as PNW Section President and have held various other Section positions such as: Program Chair, Membership Chair, Professional Development Chair, Newsletter Editor, Section Representative, Certificate of Merit & Freshman COM Scholarship Chair, and Vice President of Career Guidance. I especially enjoyed volunteering for career guidance events. When SWE had Regions, I also served two years on the SWE Board of Directors as the Region J Director, three years as a regional student coordinator, and twice as Region J Representative to the Society Nominating committee. I also did double duty as the 2016 Region Conference Treasurer. I took most of last year off from SWE but am ready to re-engage.
I received my MSEE in 1984 from Wichita State University and her BSEE from the University of Washington in 1979. For over 40 years I have work primarily on military derivative programs for The Boeing Company. I am currently performing qualification tests and FAA certification of phased array communications technology and electronic avionics boxes. After all these years with Boeing, I am finally contemplating retirement but have made no final decisions. When I am not busy working at Boeing or with SWE, I enjoy reading, gardening, and participating in Toastmasters. And I am a proud parent to a class of 2020 college graduate, Lara.


Treasurer-Elect Candidates

Magreth Haji

Biography

Magreth Haji is a Propulsion Engineer that currently supports the 777X Engines Installations and Integration team in Everett, WA. Her work statement involves defining requirements to be met prior to engine airplane certification. These requirements involve; Flight tests, Fire tests and any engine changes to be implemented. She also analyzes flight test data to confirm successful pass for a flight test. Prior to joining the current team, Magreth worked as a Stress Analyst for the Engine Build Up team for the 737 Max. She also worked as a design engineer for the Nacelle Actuation team for the 737 Max program where she was in charge of drawing reviews from suppliers and clearly defining the AMM (Airplane Maintenance Manual) and CMM (Component Maintenance Manual).
She also serves as treasurer for BBEA Puget Sound Chapter. As Treasurer she has been responsible for planning and allocating funds for the year. She coordinates with all committees to make sure that they all have sufficient funds for programs put in place. Apart from BBEA, Magreth is also involved outside of Boeing. She serves as a Curriculum co-focal for the Joule Foundation. Joule Foundation’s vision is to “ridge the gender gap in Africa STEM education” with a mission “to promote STEM education among young African women through academic program”. As a curriculum co-focal, Magreth develops projects and workshops for students in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Tanzania to provide STEM projects experience. Magreth is also involved in other External Technical Affiliations (ETA) such as SWE, NSBE and participated at a BEYA conference.


Candidate Statement

As a woman in the Engineering field that experiences challenges every day I would like to inspire young girls and keep encouraging them through sharing my journey. I believe that SWE creates a platform for people to share experiences and increase their network. I got my job at Boeing after attending the SWE conference. It was my first time ever attending and I met quite a few people that are either my co-workers now or even friends outside of work. When I was in college I considered myself an active member of SWE after joining the professional world I have been trying to learn how to balance work and life that I have not been able to be fully active in SWE. I have attended a local SWE conference in Bellevue and definitely looking forward to attend more. I would like to see SWE as an organization get more representation. I like to see different women from different backgrounds coming together and sharing their ideas and experience. I would like SWE to create space for learning and a diverse of opportunities for the generations to come. I have been a treasurer for different organizations hence I have some experience in that area. I am sure this will be different to what I am used to but learning is also part of the reason I am nominating myself. I am definitely looking forward to sharing my experience and learning from others. As an early career engineer, I believe that this will be valuable for me in my career and help others learn from me as well.

Megan Buck

Biography

Megan Buck received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Opispo in 2016 and currently works at Schneider Electric as a Sales Engineer. She moved to the Seattle area in 2019 and is excited to get more involved with SWE PNW. 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 at Treasurer-Elect for FY21! While I have had some involvement with SWE on the local level, I have not been exposed to the financial side of a SWE section. I think spending a year as Treasurer-Elect is a great way to learn about the finances that go in to making a section work. I’m also a new member of SWE PNW and look forward to getting more involved with everything the section is doing. I’m hoping to bring some ideas over from the Columbia River Section in Portland so we can continue to improve.

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