Voting Opportunities in the Society!

Calling all graduate students! This year has been especially exciting, as we have gained significant rights as collegiate members. A change in the bylaws now allows you to vote for the FY19 Board of Directors, Trustees, and Senate Leadership. FY19 will be the first year that collegiate members can participate in this vote, so exercise your right!

Positions up for vote include:

  • Board of Directors Positions: President-Elect, Treasurer, and three Directors. These leaders help guide the direction of our society: they are very involved in creating the strategic plan of the Society.
  • Trustees: The trustees are responsible for managing the assets in the SWE Endowment Fund and in the SWE Reserve Fund.
  • Senate Leadership & your last Region Senator: You will each get the chance to elect a senator to represent your region, and therefore to represent you and your interests. The Senate leadership will help facilitate the issues discussed in the senate. This is the last year we will ever elect region senators! As we move away from regions, all senate members will be key to our transition.

Be sure to check out the election site to get more info on the candidates so you can make an informed decision!



How to Vote

To vote, log-on to and enter the control code you received in a recent e-mail. Note: only SWE members are eligible to vote. If you have questions about voting, feel free to e-mail Carolyn at and I can help you figure things out!


Graduate Member Spotlight: Claire Wemp

Claire Wemp
PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering
UC Berkeley
Claire is a very accomplished graduate student expecting to finish her PhD in May 2018. As an undergraduate student, she served as Vice President of the Santa Clara University SWE section. As a graduate student, she spread the support of SWE to graduate students at her institution and helped to start the GradSWE group at UC Berkeley. Claire has been recognized by the National Science Foundation through the Graduate Fellowship Research Program.
At UC Berkeley, Claire studies enhanced heat transfer with zinc oxide nanostructured surfaces. In this research field, Claire makes hydrophilic surfaces by coating metal with Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles. She then studies the heat transfer benefits of water evaporation on these nano-structured surfaces — as it turns out, she can get over two times better heat transfer during evaporation and boiling with the coating!
Claire is graduating soon, and currently plans to spend time in industry to develop  stronger real-world applications for her engineering toolbox. Eventually, she hopes to go back into academia at a teaching university and be an awesome engineering professor! We know that she will succeed at whatever she sets her mind to!
Outside of lab, Claire loves to cook and bake new things. She uses YouTube to learn new recipes and techniques and shes is currently exploring Japanese cuisine.
Fun Fact: “I’ve been singing in choirs and voice lessons since I was little. More recently, I’ve been in two operas with a semi-pro opera troupe in the Bay Area!” 
Keep up the good work Claire, and best of luck on your defense!

Call for FY19 Leaders

Call for FY19 Coordinators

Get more involved with SWE as a graduate student!

Apply here:

The Graduate Leadership Team (consisting of the Graduate Member Coordinator, the Graduate Programming Coordinator, and their coordinator-elects) is looking for new leaders for FY19, starting in July 2018!  This is a great opportunity for grad students to get involved in the SWE Grad Community. The positions are:

– Graduate Member Coordinator-Elect (GMC-Elect): Supports the Graduate Member Coordinator in working to foster a strong community and network for graduate students in SWE by facilitating communication between graduate students in SWE and SWE graduate student groups, and by representing the interests of graduate students to the Society. The GMC-Elect assists the GMC, in preparation for assuming the GMC role the following year.

– Social Media Coordinator (SMC): Ensures that all the Graduate Community social media and online outlets have current and regular content in order to allow graduate students to stay up to date on relevant information.

– Webinars Coordinator (WC): Assist in coordinating the webinars hosted by the Graduate SWE community, by selecting topics, inviting speakers, and coordinating logistics with SWE headquarters to ensure webinars are advertised and routinely presented

– Mentorship Coordinator (MC): The mentorship coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of GradSWE’s new mentorship program.  Tasks include soliciting for mentors, keeping track of mentor/mentee applications, and making mentorship pairings.

Graduate Transition Lead (GTL): Leads the Region Grad Rep team, and assists the GMC with strategic planning for GradSWE throughout the governance transitions, aiding Regions in solidifying their section graduate contacts.

– International Graduate Team Leader (IGTL): Creates resources for international graduate students, and aid in the efforts of GradSWE globalization.

-Professional Graduate Team Leader (PGTL): Assess of the needs of professional graduate students, and make recommendations and resources based on those assessments.

– Diversity and Inclusion Liaison (DIL): Facilitates relationships between affiliate groups and graduate student members to further promote the support of minority groups in STEM fields, and throughout STEM education.

The applications are due by April 01 2018 11:59 pm CDT (Midnight).

  • GradSWE team application:
  • SWE HQ application (to be considered for GMC-E):—Please-Include-The-Name-Of-Application-In-Subject-Of-Email

Note that the GMC-Elect position requires the SWE HQ Committee Chair application. The GradSWE team application includes an area where you indicate whether or not you submitted the GMC-Elect application and allows you to rank your preferences. Both applications require similar information and responses, but please make sure to follow the directions!

Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks after the deadline if there any additional questions and to schedule a phone interview. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn at

Learn Socially. Meet Locally. Registrations are Open for WE Locals!

Do you know WE Local conferences are happening- and may be in an area near you? As a local version of annual conferences with many of the same session tracks and events, WE Locals are designed for you to Learn Socially, Meet Locally.

Come and join us for WE Local to improve your SWE experience with the offerings of networking, learning, and outreach activities for women engineers. You will get the opportunity to meet with potential employers and connect with peers while building your skills through professional development workshops.

WE local conferences take place all over the world. Don’t forget to register! Registration open for the upcoming WE Local 2018 conferences:

WE Local Pune
March 21-23, 2018

Registration: First Come, First Served.

WE local Pune is in a high demand, please register as soon as possible.


WE Local Portland
April 6-8, 2018

Premier Registration:

  • Early Bird: March 8, 2018
  • Regular: March 22, 2018

Career Fair Only:

  • March 29, 2018

WE Local Providence
April 20-22, 2018

Premier Registration:

  • Early Bird: March 23, 2018
  • Regular: April 6, 2018

Career Fair Only:

  • April 13, 2018

WE Local Prague
May 16-18, 2018

Registration: First Come, First Served.

As a graduate student, don’t miss the opportunity to network, explore job opportunities, and make professional connections during the WE Local conferences. Don’t hesitate to spread the word. We can’t wait to see you there!

Graduate Member Spotlight: Jodi Lonneman

Jodi Lonneman

Master of Engineering

Engineering Management

University of Louisville


Jodi has been an active member of SWE since 2009. She has held several positions, including President, Secretary, and Outreach Director at the University of Louisville. Her work has had direct impact on many young girls, and she held events with the Girl Scout troops to build wheelchairs for wounded or disabled dogs. Jodi was identified as a SWE future leader for her service to SWE, and was also awarded Outstanding Member of SWE. The Manufacturing Institute recently awarded Jodi as a 2018 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader.


Jodi’s Brief Explanation of her Work


While taking classes, I work full-time at Toyota Motor of North America. I work in the stamping department where I strategically plan and develop new vehicle models at multiple manufacturing plants across the continent. I have assisted in justifying the purchase of new stamping equipment, which resulted in a reduction of annual logistic costs. I have also demonstrated strong leadership skills by working with a team to develop and standardize the quality requirements for new technology utilized in the 2018 Camry.


With a Masters in Engineering Management degree, I hope to further my professional development as an engineer with Toyota. I continue to develop my critical thinking and decision-making skills, which will provide me the confidence to enhance in my career. My career goal is to be in a senior management position in the manufacturing industry. Ultimately, as a female engineer, my goal is to inspire and motivate the next generation of woman engineers to pursue careers and thrive in STEM fields.


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


I love to travel! One of my goals is to visit all of the National Parks in the U.S. In my free time I enjoy doing yoga and cooking new recipes.


Fun Fact about Jodi: I have been playing the cello since I was 9 years old! I am SCUBA certified too!

Graduate Member Spotlight: Kazi Tasneem

Graduate Member Spotlight

Kazi Tasneem

PhD Candidate

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Vanderbilt University


            Kazi has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2010. She currently serves as the Region D Graduate Representative as well as the WeLocal Liaison. She also participates in the International Graduate Team within GradSWE. In the past, she has held positions such as Professional Development and Sponsorship Chair at the University of Central Florida.

Kazi’s participation in conferences goes beyond the typical SWE conference experiences. Kazi has been active at WE conferences, and has served as a Graduate Judge for the Undergraduate Rapid Fire sessions. She has attended the Collegiate Leadership Institute held at the WE conferences, as well as the Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering Program, for which she won a travel grant.

Outside of SWE, Kazi volunteers her time through FabFems, which is a mentoring program. She also participates in the Advisory Panel for the International Chemical Engineering and Science Magazine, ChE Thoughts. Kazi also served as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Bangladeshi Student Association during a time period where the University of Central Florida recognized the group for its efforts. For her extensive efforts and successes, Kazi was awarded the Frank Hubbard Engineering Scholarship for her extracurricular activities and Graduate Presentation Fellowship.

Kazi is not only active in outreach and diversity work, but is very successful in her research. She was awarded Best Paper by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society this past year. She represented Bangladesh as Young Researcher and attended the 59th Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry in Germany.

Prior to her current graduate work, Kazi received a MSc in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Central Florida as well as a MSc in Environmental Engineering with Dean’s Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University.  She completed her Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

With a multidisciplinary background with experiences in Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Science and Engineering, Kazi has been working in the area of the characterization of toxicants and their effect to environment and human health experimentally and computationally. Her current research area involves computational prediction for drug transport and its toxic effect in human, using powerful modeling tools computational fluid dynamics to investigate chemical toxicity in human organ on chip microsystems. She also works on an exciting computational project in which she models cellular signaling of calcium around tissue-level wounds.

Kazi has worked as a Laboratory Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh for a year, and found she enjoyed teaching. Because of this positive experience, she is considering a career in academia, however she is keeping her options open between academia and industry.

Outside of her research and active outreach service, Kazi enjoys watching Netflix, cooking, and strength training. Her personal best is currently a 125lbs deadlift! She hopes to continue achieving PR’s as she continues in this hobby.

Interestingly, Kazi attended an acting class at Carnegie Mellon, where she performed as Julia Roberts from Notting Hill and she got an A for acting! Kazi loves to sing. She has had 5 years of training for Tagore song. As an undergraduate, she participated in singing performances in Bangladesh.

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Title IX: What to know

As female graduate students, you have likely heard something about Title IX. However, these conversations are usually staged during orientation, or in response to a negative event on campus. This post is meant to provide you with basic information about Title IX. It is important to know this information in case you or another person is ever faced with a situation of gender inequity in any of the areas covered by Title IX. If you are a new graduate student, or someone looking to go to graduate school, you have no reason to assume you will need to use these resources, but should be knowledgeable about their existence.

What is Title IX and how did it come into being?

Title IX is a law which requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding, and was passed in 19721. This law applies to ten different areas:

  1. Access to Higher Education
  2. Career Education
  3. Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students
  4. Employment
  5. Learning Environment
  6. Math and Science
  7. Sexual Harassment
  8. Standardized Testing
  9. Technology
  10. Athletics

As female engineers in higher education, Title IX certainly attempts to reduce discrimination within our fields. Most modern implications of Title IX circle around sexual discrimination in the workplace or in higher education. While some universities came under fire in recent years for not appropriately dealing with these situations, we are hopeful that most universities provide the appropriate support to their students, as well as appropriate sanctions to those performing the sexual assault.

How can I find out more about Title IX on my campus?

If your institution receives federal funding, it must dedicate and train at least one employee to coordinate the Title IX responsibilities. If you have more questions about Title IX for your program specifically, this person will be your best point of contact. Additionally, if you are a victim of a Title IX infringement (situation or action which breaks the Title IX law), seek out resources on your campus to appropriately file this issue, but also to assist in your recovery from the incident. Many institutions offer health consultations, and student groups often host workshops to assist in these situations.

We encourage everyone to keep an open mind – do not anticipate you will need these resources, but instead understand that this knowledge will keep you informed.