Congratulations to our new RCC and WC!

We are very proud to announce our new  Regional Conference Coordinator and Webinar Coordinator for FY15.

Anne Rocheleau is our new Regional Conference Coordinator.  Anne is a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her research focuses on mathematical modeling of the inflammatory cascade. She grew up in Shrewsbury, MA and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA in 2010 with a B.S. in chemical engineering. She then received her M.S. in chemical engineering in 2011 from Cornell University. She has been involved in SWE since 2010 and was a founding member and co-director of Cornell’s graduate SWE branch. She has served on the planning committees for WE13 and WE14 and was the Region E graduate conference coordinator for FY14.

Rachel Unruh is our new Webinar Coordinator.  Rachel is a PhD student at Texas A&M University in College Station studying Biomedical Engineering. She has been a SWE member since her Freshman year at Baylor University in 2007. While at Baylor, Rachel served in various SWE leadership roles including Artistic Director, Treasurer, and President during her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years, respectively. Currently at Texas A&M, she is in her third year of service as a Graduate Liaison for the Texas A&M SWE chapter in addition to serving as the Webinar Coordinator on the national level.

We are so happy to have them as part our of leadership team.  I know that they will do great work this year.


Final Reminder: WE14 Rapid Fire Submissions Due Today!

Today is the final chance to submit an abstract to the WE14 Rapid Fire Sessions. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to present your research and gain great feedback on your presentation. This is a unique experience that is often not available at technical conferences.

Click Here to submit an abstract.

We are also looking for Rapid Fire judges at the conference. If interested, please email Elly Sinkala at



Welcome to FY15

Hello Grad SWE people!

I am very excited about the new fiscal year.  We are currently reviewing applications for the Webinar and Regional Conference Coordinators.  All of the applicants are outstanding and it will be hard to choose but we will be selecting new coordinators very soon.

Last year we had great response to our kick-off live google hangout meeting so we will try it again.  We always want to hear from the graduate community so please let me know if there is anything I can do to serve you better  by emailing me at  Even if you didn’t apply to a coordinator position or you can’t attend the national or regional conferences you can still participate.  Do you have an idea for a webinar?  Do you want ideas for starting or expanding a grad SWE group at your school?  Do you have any questions about SWE?  I would love to hear from you!

My personal goal for this next year is to make this the best community possible.  I want every graduate student in SWE  to feel welcome here and I want to improve the graduate school and SWE experience for everyone.

Thank you to all the great folks in the community who have worked so hard in the past and continue to work to promote and improve the graduate SWE community.


Elizabeth Gregory

Graduate Member Coordinator

WE14 Rapid Fire Submissions Due in 2 Weeks!

Submissions for the WE14 Rapid Fire presentations are due in just two weeks, on July 16th!

Here is your chance to present your technical work to a broader audience, learn how to connect your your thesis to broader goals, and get some feedback on your presentation. As a previous participant, I found it to be very useful, both for improving my presentation skills and for really hearing what challenges other SWE graduate students are solving in their research groups.

It also gives you a further opportunity to solicit funding from your advisor to attend the WE14 conference!

Click here to submit an abstract.

Note that your abstract must be constructed around one or more of the NAE (National Academy of Engineering) Grand Challenges. Detailed descriptions of these challenges can be found on their website.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and notifications will be sent out in August. Please keep in mind that all chosen Rapid Fire presenters must confirm that they will attend WE14. 

Introducing our FY15 Graduate Member Coordinator

Today is the last day of FY14, and therefore my last day as the Graduate Member Coordinator. It was truly a pleasure to serve the graduate community this past year, and I’m excited to see what the new graduate team brings next year!

With that, I am pleased to welcome the new Graduate Member Coordinator and Coordinator-Elect for FY15:

FY15 Graduate Member Coordinator (GMC): Elizabeth Gregory is a PhD candidate at Iowa State University (ISU) studying aerospace engineering. She has been involved with SWE since 2002, starting as an undergrad at the University of Kansas, then as a professional member with the Greater Salt Lake Professional Section, and finally as a committee member and chair of the Graduate Committee of ISU SWE. She has held various officer roles throughout her SWE career, as a collegiate of various sections and as treasurer of her professional section, and most recently as GMC-Elect of SWE in FY14.

FY15 Graduate Member Coordinator-Elect (GMC-Elect): Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin, also studying aerospace engineering. She has been involved with SWE since her freshman year at Purdue University in 2006, serving various officer roles, and at UT-Austin as part of the Grad SWE program, serving as the Committee Co-Chair for two years. Katharine has also served as the Regional Conference Coordinator for the SWE Graduate team, and currently participates on the Program Development Grant committee and the Government Relations and Public Policy committee at the society level.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth and Katharine!

SWE Webinar – Preparing Your Tenure Package: Research

Summer is here! Here is a great webinar to watch about the tenure process.

Webinar Date: 10AM ET on Wednesday, June 25th

In this webinar, you’ll hear from two successful female professors at different types of universities. You’ll learn about the importance of research in getting tenure at different types of institutions, what types of research are valued, and what elements of research to emphasize in the package.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Marygrove College. She is a professor of mechanical engineering and served on the faculty at Kettering University for 18 years, eventually earning the position of Associate Provost. In addition to her work in academia she has served in industry and government. She is a four-time gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission and, as commissioner, served as chair for two terms. She also chaired the Driver’s Education Advisory Committee and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee for the Michigan Department of State-work that resulted in new legislation for Michigan. Currently Dr. El-Sayed serves as an officer on the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education and chairs several national committees.

Dr. Dawn M. Tilbury is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Engineering, University of Michigan. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. In 1995, she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is currently Professor, with a joint appointment as Professor of EECS. Her research interests include distributed control of mechanical systems with network communication, logic control of manufacturing systems, reliability of ground robotics, and dynamic systems modeling of physiological systems. She was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2008 and Fellow of the ASME in 2012, and is a Life Member of SWE. She is the 2012 recipient of the SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator Award.

Registration Link

Why Be a Leader?

Hello all!

You may have notice that we (but really just I) have been spamming you with invitations to apply to be the FY15 webinar coordinator and Regional Conference Coordinator positions (which you can find here).  This is a great way to learn about SWE and get a new bullet on your resume but beyond that why would you ever want to devout any of your rare free time to meetings and planning and coordinating as opposed to napping, the gym and Netflix?  Well, I want to talk about that.  Three times in my life I have moved to a place with no family and no friends and I plan to do it, at least, a couple more times.  I am talking to graduate students so I assume that this is an experience that a few or even most of you can identify with.  What I have discovered is that unlike childhood or undergrad, in these new locations I have had to actively seek out community.  We are building a community for graduate women in engineering.  We are making a place for women who are new to a school, new to a state, or new to a country.  I want to make everyone feel welcome.


Elizabeth Gregory

Graduate Member Coordinator FY-15