WE Local Brainstorming Conference Call


Present At WE Local!

Mark your calendar for a conference call  on this Thursday, November 2 at 7:00pm CDT to discuss your ideas for a Talk at any WeLocal conference!  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU BRAINSTORM! 

Please come with questions, a potential idea, and/or the WE Local conference you’re interested in attending.

Use the following information to join the call from your phone or computer:
US: 917-962-0650
US (toll free): 1-800-356-8278
Conference Code*:  941862
Enter 6 digit conference code, then press * to enter room
Can’t make the call…Fill out the WE Local Presentation Interest Form to connect with us!

Talk to you soon! 

Emily Hoffman, Graduate Programming Coordinator 




WE Local Collegiate Competitions

If you would like to present your research to a broad audience and receive beneficial feedback, the Collegiate Competition is for you! It’s open to graduates and undergrads, so please share the information! You could Inspire someone!!
Bonus!  Finalists receive a travel stipendcomplimentary registration, and recognition during the awards ceremony.
Visit the links below to obtain further details regarding the online abstract submission process:

TULSA, OK – deadline Nov. 3, 2017
PHOENIX, AZ – deadline Dec. 1, 2017
MILWAUKEE, WI – deadline Dec. 15, 2017
PORTLAND, OR – deadline not set
PROVIDENCE, RI – deadline not set
Specific questions regarding the Collegiate Competitions should be directed to welocal@swe.org.

WE Local Brainstorming Conference Call


Present At WE Local!

Always wanted to do a conference talk? Trying to improve your presentation skills? Don’t know what to present? Have a great idea, but need some help? 

Mark your calendar for a conference call  on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00pm CT to discuss your ideas for a Talk at any WeLocal conference!  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU BRAINSTORM! 

Use the following information to join the call from your phone:
US: 917-962-0650
US (toll free): 1-800-356-8278
Conference Code*:  941862
Enter 6 digit conference code, then press * to enter room

Talk to you soon!

Emily Hoffman, GradSWE GPC



Present at WE Local!!

WE Local deadlines are quickly approaching! Presenting a talk is fun and a great resume booster….in addition, you never know who you could connect with! The world needs more women engineers, so contribute to the advancement of women in STEM by presenting:)

Click the links below for submission details and deadlines.  TODAY is the deadline to submit to present in Tulsa, OK!!

Tulsa, OK:  https://welocal.swe.org/tulsa/schedule/call-for-participation/

Pheonix, AZ:  https://welocal.swe.org/phoenix/schedule/call-for-participation/

Milwaukee, WI: https://welocal.swe.org/milwaukee/schedule/call-for-participation/

Pune, India:  https://welocal.swe.org/pune/speakers/call-for-participation/

Portland, OR:  https://welocal.swe.org/portland/schedule/abstract-submission/

Providence, RI:  https://welocal.swe.org/providence/schedule/call-for-participation/

Prague, CZ:  https://welocal.swe.org/prague/speakers/call-for-participation/

Please feel free to reach out to me the GradSWE GPC, Emily Hoffman, at emilyhoffman18@gmail.com with questions.  I hope to connect with you at WE17 in Austin!

Tidy up your Resume NOW!

Hi All!!

WE17 is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me, you have a ton of things going on. Despite the craziness, I would advise you to start straightening out your resume now….a little each week leading up to conference would be best.

So here are a few helpful tips as you prepare:

  1. Start by creating a list of your most recent activities and accomplishments; add these to your resume.
  2. Visit the WE17 website (we17.swe.org) to get more details on the companies attending the Career Fair and make a list of the ones you’re interested in.
  3. Visit the Career Services Center on your campus for some assistance.
  4. Be sure to use buzzwords…words specific to the position(s) you’re interested in; be prepared to have more than one version of your resume.
  5. Update all components to your resume: Contact Information, Objective, Education, Work Experience, Projects, Technical Skills, Organizations, Awards, and References.
  6. Try to be concise and keep your resume down to 1-2 pages.
  7. Don’t forget to bring several copies to the career fair; you will have the opportunity to make copies at conference.

Also, be able to talk about yourself…the first statement you will typically hear at a Career Fair is “Hi, Tell me about yourself.”

Lastly, be professional and confident! See you all at WE17!!


Hello SWE family, Jodi here…..current GradSWE GPC-Elect!

In my role as GPC-Elect I’m truly looking forward to building some great programs over the course of the next year in order to improve the graduate student experience within our organization and during conference attendance….Hope to meet some of you at SWE17 in Austin, Texas!

So, I thought I should share some advice on important career topics that can benefit anyone from someone considering graduate school to a senior graduate student because I’m very passionate about helping others in their career endeavors.

Throughout my graduate school career I noticed myself and other fellow college students suffering from the ‘shoulda-­‐coulda-­‐woulda’ syndrome. I should have done this, I could have participated in that, or if I had known, I would have done this instead of that. Sound familiar? I thought so. 🙂 As I approach the end of my graduate career, I find myself reflecting a lot on my previous years as a student, and everything just seems to be a blur or filled with overwhelming moments of rush, rush, rush. So how could I have provided myself with a better experience? Just as we apply engineering principles to a vehicle or process…Why not Engineer Your Career! Designing your career path ahead of time can be very helpful and a huge weight off your shoulders as you work your way through undergrad and determine your next route…graduate school or industry. Here are a few ‘lessons-­‐learned’ throughout my graduate career that you may find helpful:

Lesson #1: Think with the End in Mind!
Put together Education and Career Plans as soon as possible. An education plan is a guide through your academic program. For example, you may want to get a minor in an area unrelated to your major; with an education plan, you can determine how to incorporate the additional courses into your current work load. A career plan is an action plan to follow to help you acquire knowledge and skills in addition to opportunities that will help to excel your chosen area of interest, such as internships, research experiences, or volunteer programs. Try using Microsoft Excel to list these milestones and be certain to include significant dates and deadlines.

Lesson #2: Show Your Work!
Make it a point to start a Portfolio. Portfolios are a purposeful collection of work that exhibits your efforts, progress, and achievements. Your portfolio should contain personal statements, cover letters, resumes, transcripts, diplomas, certificates, awards, presentations, projects, and letters of recommendation to name a few. It’s easy to get started, just grab a binder and begin organizing your materials. By the way, it’s always a great idea to have hard-copies of your work, so include anything you’ve worked on that provides substance.

Lesson #3: Build and Maintain Bridges!
Everyone needs a Mentor, especially students because we have a lot of uncertainties in various areas of life during our college years. A mentor can be a family member, fellow student, company employee, church member or someone you may happen to meet and look up to. Mentors are there to provide encouragement, guide you in your career choice, be resourceful, and offer opportunities and advice as you grow into a professional. Don’t know how to reach out to a potential mentor? First, make a list of potential mentors or reach out to a local organization with a mentoring program. Second, try reaching out to these specific individuals by email or phone and set up a time to meet over coffee or lunch. Third, be prepared with a list and be clear about your expectations of them as a mentor; it won’t hurt to be familiar with this individual’s background as well.

In addition, every design requires balance, so be sure to find balance in your everyday life – spiritual, social, physical well-being, emotional and intellectual. You are sure to reap the benefits of your college years when implementing these lessons into your daily life. Need further information on the tips mentioned, feel free to contact me at grad-programs-coordinator-elect@swe.org. And don’t forget; Start today….Engineer Your Career!

Written by Jodi Boutte’, GPC-E