Consider becoming a SWE Mentor

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For all of the SWE grad members that are professionals, consider signing up to be a SWE mentor!

The Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI) is seeking mentors who are interested in mentoring a collegiate from September 2016 – May 2017. Qualified participants must apply by August 1.

Mentors must have:

1. Minimum of 2 years of work experience with an engineering background
2. Passion for and history of mentoring younger women
3. Working knowledge of current trends in leadership development

Click here for the more details and the application!

 

Apply for the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) Program

 

Interested in a career in academia?  Consider applying for WE16’s ALWE program!

SWE is pleased to offer the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE) program at WE16. ALWE is geared toward existing faculty members and graduate students, giving them an introduction to the tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire institutional leadership positions at a university.

Participants who qualify will receive travel assistance to attend the program at WE16 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Applications of due August 15th.

Click here for more details about the program.

Welcome to FY17: GradSWE Edition

Welcome to FY17: GradSWE Edition

Welcome to a new fiscal year of SWE! Last year brought about many changes to the Society and the SWE Grad Community. I am confident that this year will bring about even more.

As we begin a new year for the SWE Grad Community, I’d like to introduce the rest of the Grad Community Leadership team. Our team for FY17 is:

  • Graduate Member Coordinator (GMC): Liz Dreyer – University of Michigan
  • GMC-Elect: Genevieve Kane – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Graduate Programming Coordinator (GPC): Rachel Unruh – Texas A&M
  • GPC-Elect: Emily Hoffman – Northwestern University
  • Social Media Coordinator (SMC): Allie Anderson – Colorado School of Mines
  • Webinar Coordinator (WC): Celine Liong – Stanford University

You can read a short bio about each person here: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/grad-leadership/.

Goals for FY17

This year, I have many goals for our community. I’d also love to hear from all of you on what you’d like to see the grad community do as well. Feel free to email me at grad-coordinator@swe.org (or comment below or on any of our social media) with any and all ideas on how the grad community can better serve your needs.

Some of the plans include:

  • Continued use of social media to reach out and connect SWE grad student members.
  • Increase awareness of graduate student members within Professional sections or with Professional grade memberships. Did you know? Approximately half of SWE grad members are within Professional sections.
  • Improve resources and knowledge sharing for grad students and SWE grad groups.

How to get involved

This upcoming year is full of ways to increase your involvement with the SWE Grad Community. Below are a few examples.

  1. Become a Region Grad Rep. Some Regions still need RGRs for FY17. Contact your RGR to see if the position will is available.
  2. Participate in your local SWE Grad Group or start one within your SWE section. Current SWE Grad Groups are listed here.
  3. Attend We16 in Philadelphia, PA: http://we16.swe.org/. Members of the SWE Grad Community will be attending and active again this year!
  4. Write a guest blog post for the SWE blog. Contact Liz at grad-coordinator@swe.org.
  5. Ask the SWE Grad Community a question and start up a conversation about important issues. Submit them here.
  6. Engage with us on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

Again, I look forward to serving you this year and seeing the SWE Grad Community continue to grow.

Sincerely,
Liz Dreyer

Newsletter – 12 July 2016

Newsletter – 12 July 2016

Hello Grad Community!
Welcome to FY17. My name is Liz Dreyer and I am taking over as the new Graduate Member Coordinator. I look forward to serving all of you this year and seeing the SWE Grad Community continue to grow. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact myself and the rest of the SWE Grad Community Leadership team by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.
I’d like to also introduce the rest of the Grad Community Leadership team. Our team for FY17 is:
  • Graduate Member Coordinator (GMC): Liz Dreyer – University of Michigan
  • GMC-Elect: Genevieve Kane – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Graduate Programming Coordinator (GPC): Rachel Unruh – Texas A&M
  • GPC-Elect: Emily Hoffman – Northwestern University
  • Social Media Coordinator (SMC): Allie Anderson – Colorado School of Mines
  • Webinar Coordinator (WC): Celine Liong – Stanford University
You can read a short bio about each person on the blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/grad-leadership/. Please join me in welcoming everyone aboard for a great year.
Please be sure to forward this to other graduate students, or those who are supportive of women getting advanced STEM degrees!

In this newsletter:

  1. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
  2. Grad Community Spotlights
  3. Book your WE16 room now!
  4. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

The overarching purpose of ALWE is to give female academics in engineering departments an introduction to the tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire institutional leadership positions at a university.

Participants in the program will experience two-full days and six interactive sessions that will provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. To that end, the objectives of ALWE are as follows:

Recognize the various roles associated with holding leadership positions within academia.

Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
Learn negotiation skills to use in pursuing institutional leadership positions.
Expand an existing network of women in academia.
Support a community of practice focused on similar goals and faced with similar challenges.

Dates:  October 28 – 29, 2016
Time:  8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Location:  WE16 – Philadelphia, PA
Check out the tentative agenda.

Check out more information and apply for the program athttp://we16.swe.org/events/alwe/

(2) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Stanford Grad SWE (27 June 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/grad-member-spotlight-alexandra-long/

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

(3) Book your WE16 room now!

Now is the time to start thinking about your plans for WE16.  You can book your hotel, sign up to be notified when conference registration is live, and more at http://we16.swe.org/.

Sign up to volunteer for WE16! It’s a great way to give back to the conference that gives so much, and you get a discounted registration rate!  More at http://we16.swe.org/.

(4) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad

Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

Grad Member Spotlight: Lainy Dromgoole Cochran

11 July 2016

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Lainy Dromgoole Cochran

MS student, Nuclear Engineering, estimated graduation of Aug 2016

Texas A&M

 

 

Lainy served in four different officer positions for the Texas A&M SWE section, including President her senior year. This year Texas A&M started their own GradSWE group, and she has helped contribute to that effort by serving as the GradSWE membership coordinator. As an undergraduate, SWE helped her find my place within a large engineering community at Texas A&M. Lainy says, she “…didn’t realize until I was a grad student that the collegiate experience is different in grad school, and I am so happy that the Texas A&M SWE section is working to accommodate the different needs of grad students by forming and growing GradSWE. I am looking forward to the next phase of my SWE involvement as a professional!” Lainy interned at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria for a year before starting graduate school and has received a fellowship from the Health Physics Society. Congrats, Lainy, on all your hard work. Keep it up!
What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?
I am a MS student studying nuclear engineering. I plan to graduate in August of this year.
Give a brief explanation of your research.
My research seeks to enhance emergency response exercises by using unsealed radioactive sources to simulate a more realistic response environment following an incident involving the dispersion of radioactive material. Limited exercises are performed worldwide using unsealed radioactive sources, and most of that information is not published. My research presents the process for selection of a short-lived radionuclide for use in exercises at the TEEX Disaster City facility at Texas A&M, and includes a preliminary dose assessment to determine what activities should be used for each radionuclide in order to have detectable dose rates while ensuring that doses received by exercise controllers and participants are kept as low as reasonably achievable.
What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
My primary interest within the field of nuclear engineering is health physics, or the science of radiation protection. Later this year I will start working for Sandia National Laboratories in support of their nuclear incident response program. This program is responsible for developing and deploying technologies to mitigate the explosive release of radioactive material and for predicting the dose consequences of such releases. I am looking forward to honing my technical skills as a health physicist. Once I have done that, I am interested in working on nuclear-related policy. I have always found the nexus of technology and policy very interesting.
What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
In the free time I can find that isn’t dedicated to SWE or other engineering organizations, I enjoy relaxing with my husband, playing musical instruments, and baking. To balance the baking, my other “hobby” is jogging with our labrador, Josie.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I have worked at or visited six nuclear power plants, including two outside of the country. I enjoy a little nuclear tourism!

Newsletter – 28 June 2016

Hello Grad Community!

SWE’s FY16 ends on 30 June, and so does my tenure as Graduate Member Coordinator. Thank you all for such a fantastic year! It has been an honor serving the Graduate Community. Check out my reflection on the blog for some amazing numbers on the impact we’ve had this year — https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/fy16-highlights-memories/

As of 1 July, Liz Dreyer will become the Graduate Member Coordinator. I look forward to seeing the Grad Community grow even more!

Summer has arrived! Congratulations to all those who have graduated and moved on to greener pastures! Good luck to those continuing to pursue their degrees. The Grad Community Leadership Team hopes that you find the resources we offer to be of use. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.

Please be sure to forward this to other graduate students, or those who are supportive of women getting advanced STEM degrees!

In this newsletter:

  1. Collegiate Leadership Institute
  2. Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)
  3. Grad Community Spotlights
  4. Book your WE16 room now!
  5. Follow us on Social Media!

 

(1) Collegiate Leadership Institute
We invite interested collegiate and graduate members to apply for the Collegiate Leadership Institute, hosted at the WE16 Annual Conference in Philadelphia on October 27-29. CLI will span three days with six highly-interactive sessions. Sessions will start at 9 am and run throughout the morning on Thursday 10/27, Friday 10/28, and Saturday 10/29. All of the speakers and facilitators selected for CLI are noted experts in leadership and career development.

This is a free opportunity for you, so don’t hesitate to apply. A modest stipend for travel/accommodations will be distributed to CLI attendees.

*** RCT members (RCR, RCCE, RCS, SWEFL) are automatically accepted to CLI and need not apply through this application. ***

Please submit your application by Friday, July 8, at 11:59 pm PST. Applicants will be notified by mid-August.

Please contact sweflcoordinator@gmail.com with any questions.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1b04xXIUE80wiykWqwHEptjar5MMGv5YMc2qLs2sldMk/viewform  (application)

 

(2) Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering (ALWE)

The overarching purpose of ALWE is to give female academics in engineering departments an introduction to the tangible skills and knowledge needed to pursue and gainfully acquire institutional leadership positions at a university.

Participants in the program will experience two-full days and six interactive sessions that will provide best practices to advance in academia while creating opportunities and mechanisms to network across institutions. To that end, the objectives of ALWE are as follows:

Recognize the various roles associated with holding leadership positions within academia.

  • Learn strategies and tools to advance in leadership roles within academia.
  • Learn negotiation skills to use in pursuing institutional leadership positions.
  • Expand an existing network of women in academia.
  • Support a community of practice focused on similar goals and faced with similar challenges.
  • Dates:  October 28 – 29, 2016
  • Time:  8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  WE16 – Philadelphia, PA
  • Check out the tentative agenda.

Check out more information and apply for the program at http://we16.swe.org/events/alwe/

 

(3) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlights?

Maria Choi, PhD (13 June 2016)
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/3225/

Alexandra Long (27 June 2016)
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/grad-member-spotlight-alexandra-long/

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

 

(4) Book your WE16 room now!

Now is the time to start thinking about your plans for WE16.  You can book your hotel, sign up to be notified when conference registration is live, and more at http://we16.swe.org/.

Sign up to volunteer for WE16! It’s a great way to give back to the conference that gives so much, and you get a discounted registration rate!  More at http://we16.swe.org/.

 

(5) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad
Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

 

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

-Katharine

Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble, PhD

FY16 Graduate Member Coordinator | Society of Women Engineers

Grad Member Spotlight: Alexandra Long

27 June 2016

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Alexandra Long

PhD student, Aerospace Engineering, graduating May 2018

Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Alexandra has been highly involved with the Georgia Tech Grad SWE as Industry Relations Chair for 1.5 years and on the GT Grad SWE Board for one semester. She has been awarded the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, the Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship, and was a 2015 Ewha-Luce International Seminar participant in Seoul, Korea. Congratulations, Alexandra, on all you’ve done! Keep up the great work!

 

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

PhD, aerospace engineering. Expected graduation: May 2018 

 

Give a brief explanation of your research.

I am designing an aerodynamically stable deployable drag sail to deorbit small satellites (100-150 kg) from high Low-Earth Orbit altitudes (850-1200 km) within 25 years to meet international orbital debris mitigation guidelines. Drag sails are similar to solar sails in that they are thin membranes supported by booms, and normally flat. My sail is a pyramid shape to ensure that the largest area is facing the flow, and if it is disturbed from its nominal position, it will create a restoring torque to move it back to its position.

 

What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?

I am hoping to work at a national lab or NASA center working on novel concepts for deployable space structures. I want to be able to work in a lab testing out new ideas to see if they could work on spacecraft. I can see myself going back to academia to teach, but not right away.

 

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

I love reading science fiction and fantasy books because of the worlds they create and the issues that they approach in a less threatening context because the world is different. I am an avid crocheter. I love working with nice, soft yarn to create all kinds of projects like hats, socks, shawls and blankets. I feel like it is a more creative way to feed my engineer’s desire to create. I also enjoy hiking, watching netflix, and playing video games.

 

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am the youngest of three daughters in my family, and when I graduated with my B.S., I completed the 6th full generation of women on my mother’s side to graduate from college. Every woman in those 6 generations earned their college degree. That is about as long as women have been allowed to go to college in this country. 

I also have a titanium rod in my lower left leg from when I broke my leg during a particularly violent game of capture the flag in early high school.