Sunday, May 21, 2023

Call for FY24 Nominations

 

Call for FY24 Nominations

Hello SWE PNW!

We hope that this note finds you well! As we are preparing for a great FY24, 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 FY25 President)
  • Secretary (one-year term)
  • Treasurer-Elect (two-year term, becomes FY25 Treasurer)

Please note that the President and Treasurer positions are already filled for FY24 as they were voted President-Elect and Treasurer-Elect for FY23. 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 FY24 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 Sunday, May 28th, 2023.

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

Kelsie McCall, Gail Fukimoto, Colleen McClure, and Lin Rosenfield. 
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President (Filled for FY24)
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 FY24)
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. 

    Monday, April 10, 2023

    SWE PNW Annual Banquet - April 30th, 2023

     

    SWE PNW Annual Banquet - April 30th, 2023

    We'd like to invite you to our Annual Banquet to celebrate coming to the end of FY23 and connect new and lifelong SWE members in the region!


    We will start our program with a Keynote Speaker 💜
    Followed by lunch:
    - Caesar Salad
    - Quinoa Salad
    - Grilled Wild Pacific Northwest Salmon*
    - Grilled Marinated Flank Steak*
    - Soba Noodle Dish (V)
    - Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Market Vegetables
    - Grand Central Bakery rolls and butter
    - Assortment of Cookies

    Lastly, we will have a brief summary of SWE PNW over the last few years and then plenty of time to mingle and take pictures at this gorgeous venue!

    Please RSVP by heading to the Eventbrite and buying a ticket by April 22nd: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swe-pnw-annual-banquet-2023-tickets-586579524147

    Sunday, April 2, 2023

    "Let's Get it" Series - Professional Development Event #1

    Let's Get it Series: Building Essentials

    for your Financial Outlook

    Wednesday April 26th, 2023 5-6PM

    Google Meet, Video call link: https://meet.google.com/afn-zfhm-cww


    Please join us for the first event of our "Let's Get It" professional development series. 
    This first event will focus on building essential knowledge and skills for financial planning - from early career to mid-career professionals.
    Our speaker will be Vikram Ganu:

    Vikram is a senior manager in Ernst & Young LLPs (EY) Private Tax group. He provides tax advisory & compliance services to founder-led enterprises, family offices, individuals, private foundations, and their related businesses.

    He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and a Registered Investment Adviser Representative with the US SEC.

    Please register for this event at this Google form by April 22nd: https://forms.gle/47mo4SXDLnRURZxt7



    Friday, February 10, 2023

    WE Local - Seattle


    WE Local - Seattle March 31st- April 1st

    We'd like to invite you to participate in the upcoming WE Local - Seattle Conference on March 31st & April 1st. 

    WE Local conferences take place around the world and are organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to bring together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey. The conferences create space for engineers and partners to connect through professional development sessions, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities, and more.
    The local conference does not come to the PNW often, but we welcome the conference and you all!

    Seattle is one of the world’s leading cities for technology, and a place where innovation and ingenuity comes to life. Join hundreds participants in all stages of their careers to network and learn through professional development sessions, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities, and more. Connect at our career fair featuring recruiters from top engineering and technology companies, and be a part of a WE Local Community. You will leave with renewed inspiration – and definitely a few new friends. 

    Registration is open and early bird prices are available until March 10th!


    Registration includes: 
    • Two full days of conference admission, including keynotes, educational sessions, special events and workshops
    • Access to the Career Fair on Saturday
    WE Local Seattle will take place at the Sheraton Grand Seattle at 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. To make a reservation, book here.

    WE Local Seattle Social Committee is looking for individuals or companies in the Greater Seattle Area that can help sponsor or support activities at the conference. 
    This year’s social committee’s theme is “The Great Outdoors”.
    • Hand on or visual demonstration or display showcasing Pacific Northwest's culture and commitment to the environment
    • In-Kind donation for Raffle or Trivia Winners
    WE Local Seattle Collegiate Competition Committee is looking for individuals to participate as judges for both undergraduate and graduate student categories. 

    There are other volunteering opportunities with the conference, and volunteering may allow for a discount on conference registration.
    Please reach out to welocalcommittee@swe.org if you're interested in volunteering!

    We hope to see you there! 💜


    Thursday, January 19, 2023

    Join the Outreach Committee! Upcoming Outreach Events

    Join the Outreach Committee!

    Are you interested in helping organize and run outreach events? Do you have a passion for getting kids into STEM? If so, we want you to help out on the outreach committee! Keep an eye out for a meeting time and location!

    Here are some upcoming events to get involved with

    Upcoming Outreach Events


    Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) - Industry Night 


    Volunteers needed for RAHS Industry Night! We are looking for professionals from all STEAM backgrounds to mingle and chat with high school students. Come share your stories over a light meal and good company. You can also choose to mentor any students you meet during the event. Interested? 

    Email Geya at swepnw.outreachvp@gmail.comPlease reach out ASAP!

     

    Thursday February 9th

    3:15pm call to order (but can show up right at 3:45pm if needed)

    3:45-5:15pm event 

     

    Raisbeck Aviation High School

    Tukwila, WA 98108

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    Girls Who Tech Pitch Weekend

     

     

    Mentor a team for the Girls Who Tech Pitch weekend! Looking for passionate, driven, like-minded field experts who can come together to mentor youth, learn, network, and help showcase students’ potential. During this 3 day event, student teams will work with a variety of mentors to propose launching a startup company or program that will address a social/community need. If interested in volunteering, please fill out this mentor interest form. Mentors will be asked to be available during the following times.


    Required Times for Mentors:

    Saturday 2/11:  1:00 - 3:00 Mentor Sessions - for mentor-specific rotations

    3:00 - 5:00 Group work sessions - to be available for open sessions/troubleshooting

     

    Sunday 2/12:  10:00 - 12:00 Group work sessions - to be available for open sessions/troubleshooting

     

    Friday evening mentors are not required, but they are certainly welcome to get a feel for the students and the pitches that will move forward. The same would be true for the final presentations that occur on Sunday. For a full schedule, you can visit the website.

     

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    Lake Washington Girls Middle School - STEAM Café

    We are looking for volunteers to come and talk to middle schoolers about their work and career paths! This is a recurring volunteer opportunity that is held monthly on either Mondays or Thursdays during 11:30-12:10pm. Teachers are interested in bringing in underrepresented individuals: minority, LBTQIA, first-generation college, etc. If this is you and you’re interested in getting involved, please fill out this google form and Katie (Science & STEAM teacher) will get in touch with you! (If you do not identify with the underrepresented groups listed but are interested in volunteering, please still apply!)

     

    Lake Washington Girls Middle School

    Seattle, WA 98144

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    Arrowhead Elementary STEM Night                                                      

    Your help needed at Arrowhead Elementary STEM Night! We are looking for 4 volunteers to help run our outreach booth and engage with elementary students as you lead them through a hands-on activity, the articulating hand workshop. Interested? Email Geya at swepnw.outreachvp@gmail.com

     


    Tuesday March 21st

    5pm set up

    5:30-7:30 event

     

    Arrowhead Elementary

    Kenmore, WA 98028

     

     

     


    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.

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