Special Opportunities Available to Graduate Students attending WE14

Announcing 2 unique events that will be occuring at WE14 (http://we14.swe.org/) with limited spots open for graduate students. These events do not require any additional cost but you will be responsible for your own cost for travel and conference registration.  

The first event is the Collegiate Leadership Institute at WE14 (Thurs – Saturday Oct 23-25th). It is 3 half day sessions spread over three days. The complete Collegiate Leadership Institute Agenda with speaker bios: CLI_agenda_7_28_14. Only 10 spots are available for graduate students.

The second opportunity is a luncheon with Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd. It will be on Friday Oct 24th from 11:45-12:45 pm at the J.W Marriott. We have room for 40 graduate students to attend the luncheon. This luncheon is part of the Academic Women Workshop.  

If you would like to have a spot reserved for you to participate in either or both of these events please complete this form before Sept. 15, 2014. If you have questions you can contact Marcella Vaicik at (marcella.vaicik(at)swe.org)

 

 

 

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WE13 Virtual Conference– Don’t Miss Out!

WE13 Virtual Conference

Complimentary Access Instructions

By registering for the WE13 Virtual Conference, you will have access to on-demand replays of over 75 professional development sessions which includes two keynote presentations, five mega sessions, and four plenary panels. You can also claim CEUs/PDHs for many of the sessions. See below for the full listing.

Instructions for complimentary access:

  • Click here to login.
  • Login to the member portal and then select “WE13 Virtual Conference” in the “Events” section (likely towards the bottom of the list).
  • Then select “WE13 Virtual Member Fee” and enter WE13STUDENT in the coupon section/textbox just below the fee listing.
  • Then click “Continue” and “Proceed to Checkout” on the next page.
  • On the following page you will see that the fee is $25 and you will be prompted to enter your credit card information.
  • After completing the transaction, you can then click here to access the WE13 Virtual Conference portal. Then use your SWE login to gain access.

If you have additional questions please contact learning@swe.org.

Below is a list of the sessions that you will be able to view.

Keynotes

  • In the Spotlight: Getting the Visibility & Recognition that You Deserve 
  •  Achieving Your Goals in Unfamiliar and Uncertain Environments

Plenaries

  • Men As Diversity Partners
  • How Does She Do It?
  • The 2020 Engineer
  • Launching Innovation: Insights from Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Mega Sessions 

  • Influence Equation
  • Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome: How to Feel as Bright and Capable As Everyone Seems to Think You Are
  • Our Foremothers and You: Connecting Women  to the History of Science and Engineering
  • Leading With 20/20 Vision
  • Becoming a Person of Influence

Lectures and Workshops

  • Micro-aggressions and micro-inequities: What are they? How do they affect me? What can I do about them?
  • Leveraging the Power of Diversity – Helping your Organization Make the Transition from Accomodating Diversity to Leveraging It
  • What Does Public policy Mean for Women Engineers?
  • Global Engineering – Engaging in a Diverse Culture
  • Benefits and Misperceptions of Nuclear Energy
  • Boost Strategic Supply Certainty with Capacity Building Partnerships in Developing Countries
  • Innovative Roles – Commercial & Operating System Advantages
  • Strategically Standing Out
  • Applying Research on Women in Engineering to your Workplace
  • Engineers Are Epic! Citizen Schools Apprenticeship
  • Executive Leadership Coaching: Prepare Yourself to Take that Next Step
  • The Little Brown Playbook: Leading a Business Community
  • Feedback is a Gift
  • A Cheap/Free Method for Managing an Outreach Event
  • You’re Not a Man in High Heels…and You Shouldn’t Try to Be!

Lightning Talks

  • An Unanticipated Career Change Excites and Propels
  • Influencing Without Authority
  • My First 4 Months – Making the Switch to a Strategic Marketing and Sales Position
  • The Importance of Little Things
  • To P.E. or not to P.E. Is that the Question? Discussion of the Technical Gap You May Have when Pursuing an Engineering Management Position
  • A Post-Fukushima Look at Assessing Flood Hazards
  • How to Attract and Retain a Diverse Workforce.
  • Liberian Female Engineering Students Persisting in Engineering: A Qualitative Study
  • Three Lessons from our International Graduate Experience
  • Studying Abroad: Taking the Scenic Route to Your Career
  • A Mentor, Who Me?  The Art of Mentoring
  • A Sound Foundation for an Engineering Geologist Starts in the Field: Experiences from Home and Overseas
  • Become a Professional – Officially! Strategies and Advice for Applying for, Preparing for, and Passing the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam
  • Life Innovating Art
  • What is Design Assurance Engineering (DAE)?
  • Big Data and its Possibilities in the Cloud
  • Developing Cloud-Aware Applications
  • Monte Carlo Simulations in Product Development Applications
  • Nanotechnology: Hip or Hype?
  • Planning for the Future: The Changing World of the Electric Transmission System
  • Experimental Study of Gas Turbine Combustion with Elevated Fuel Temperatures
  • Graduate Online Learning – Is it for me?
  • “I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore”: Life for a Professional Returning to Graduate School
  • VizAid:Image Processing Mobile Application for the visually Impaired
  • It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business
  • New Dawn of Security in Telecommunications: Quantum Cryptography
  • Optical Energy – Storing the Sun without Solar Cells
  • What is Personalized Healthcare and How Does it Effect me?
  • R-Day – Innovation at Instron
  • This is Your Brain.  This is Your Brain in Complex System Design.  How to Apply Neurotechnology to the Design and Evaluation of Complex Systems
  • Lactation Programs in the Workplace: An Important Benefit and a Vital Retention Tool for Women in STEM
  • Parenting = Leadership; How Becoming a Mom has Made me a Better Professional (and Vice Versa)
  • Professional Development for Introverts
  • Sales Engineering:  On the Front Lines of Evolving Business Technology
  • SWE Overseas: Collegiate Sections Volunteering Abroad
  • Engineering the Smart Grid – Integration
  • Mobile Applications that are Changing the Construction Industry
  • Boiling Water Using the Sun – Water Chemistry Challenges for a Solar Power Plant 
  • Can You Visualize your Grape Soda Manufacturing?
  • Communicating Environmental Regulations: It’s Good Business
  • Usage of Advanced Technology such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) in Civil Engineering
  • From Student Project to Marketplace:  Rapid Pathogen Screener for Food Safety Testing
  • Kinetic Art and Your Problem Solving Skills: How to Use Your Creativity to Think of Unique solutions
  • Biometrics: The Ultimate Identifier
  • Getting Your Feet Wet When Trying to Stay Dry: An Exercise in Brainstorming
  • Lean Labs – Improving Lab Efficiency Through Workspace Improvements
  • Smart Grid – What’s in it for me?  Customer Benefits and Engineering Career Opportunities
  • Tools Used By Remote Teams To Stay In Touch and Stay Productive
  • Discovering Nuclear Power Career Paths
  • Bayesian Methods For NDE Data Fusion
  • Beyond the Codes: Repositioning towards a Sustainable Development
  • Planning for Retirement as a New College Grad
  • Survey of Engineering Managers: Determining Important Machine Design Skills and Student Preparation for Machine Design Positions
  • Big Changes in Patent Law: The America Invents Act
  • Computer Architecture
  • Lightning Strikes: A Product from Innovation to Manufacturing Reality
  • R-Day: Int Harnessing Light – How Light is Enabling the Future
  • Using Infrared and Microwave Technology in Weather and Missile Defense

WE13 Virtual Conference Access Now Available

Over 75 sessions were recorded at WE13 and are available for replay!  This is your chance to take advantage of several of the great speakers brought to SWE conference through the WE13 Virtual Conference.  For professional members that did not attend the conference the charge is $199, but for graduate students who did not attend WE13 the cost for access is $25. WE13 attendee you can still register for the WE13 Virtual Conference at the low price of $20. This gives you access to more than 75 recorded presentations! 
The WE13 recordings are now available for viewing. Go to the SWE Member Services Center, login (or create an account if you are new to SWE), and select WE13 Virtual Conference in the Events section. By registering, you will have access to the recordings of many of the most popular sessions, including the mega sessions, keynote presentations, lightning talks, various workshops, and plenaries. This special offer ends December 6th.

The on-demand recorded sessions along with supplementary materials offer the benefit of listening and studying the materials at your own pace. Many of the online sessions are accredited with CEU/PDH credits, so if you missed it at WE13 you now have the opportunity view it and claim credit. This gives you access to more than 75 recorded presentations!  You can also download and review many of the PowerPoints and PDFs of the handouts used during the sessions.

For a preview of the WE13 Virtual Conference, we’ve included three sample recordings: 

Below you will see a full list of the sessions and events that we recorded at the WE13 Virtual Conference.

Keynotes

Plenaries

  • Men As Diversity Partners
  • How Does She Do It?
  • The 2020 Engineer
  • Launching Innovation: Insights from Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs

Mega Sessions 

  • Influence Equation
  • Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome: How to Feel as Bright and Capable As Everyone Seems to Think You Are
  • Our Foremothers and You: Connecting Women  to the History of Science and Engineering
  • Leading With 20/20 Vision
  • Becoming a Person of Influence

Lectures and Workshops

  • Micro-aggressions and micro-inequities: What are they? How do they affect me? What can I do about them?
  • Leveraging the Power of Diversity – Helping your Organization Make the Transition from Accomodating Diversity to Leveraging It
  • What Does Public policy Mean for Women Engineers?
  • Global Engineering – Engaging in a Diverse Culture
  • Benefits and Misperceptions of Nuclear Energy
  • Innovative Roles – Commercial & Operating System Advantages
  • Strategically Standing Out
  • Applying Research on Women in Engineering to your Workplace
  • Engineers Are Epic! Citizen Schools Apprenticeship
  • Executive Leadership Coaching: Prepare Yourself to Take that Next Step
  • Rethinking the Female Image: Promoting Positive Messages for Girls
  • The Little Brown Playbook: Leading a Business Community
  • Feedback is a Gift
  • A Cheap/Free Method for Managing an Outreach Event
  • You’re Not a Man in High Heels…and You Shouldn’t Try to Be!

Lightning Talks

  • Influencing Without Authority
  • My First 4 Months – Making the Switch to a Strategic Marketing and Sales Position
  • The Importance of Little Things
  • To P.E. or not to P.E. Is that the Question? Discussion of the Technical Gap You May Have when Pursuing an Engineering Management Position
  • A Post-Fukushima Look at Assessing Flood Hazards
  • How to Attract and Retain a Diverse Workforce.
  • Liberian Female Engineering Students Persisting in Engineering: A Qualitative Study
  • Three Lessons from our International Graduate Experience
  • Studying Abroad: Taking the Scenic Route to Your Career
  • A Mentor, Who Me?  The Art of Mentoring
  • A Sound Foundation for an Engineering Geologist Starts in the Field: Experiences from Home and Overseas
  • Become a Professional – Officially! Strategies and Advice for Applying for, Preparing for, and Passing the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam
  • Life Innovating Art
  • Big Data and its Possibilities in the Cloud
  • Developing Cloud-Aware Applications
  • Monte Carlo Simulations in Product Development Applications
  • Nanotechnology: Hip or Hype?
  • Planning for the Future: The Changing World of the Electric Transmission System
  • Experimental Study of Gas Turbine Combustion with Elevated Fuel Temperatures
  • Graduate Online Learning – Is it for me?
  • “I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore”: Life for a Professional Returning to Graduate School
  • It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business
  • New Dawn of Security in Telecommunications: Quantum Cryptography
  • Optical Energy – Storing the Sun without Solar Cells
  • What is Personalized Healthcare and How Does it Effect me?
  • R-Day – Innovation at Instron
  • This is Your Brain.  This is Your Brain in Complex System Design.  How to Apply Neurotechnology to the Design and Evaluation of Complex Systems
  • Lactation Programs in the Workplace: An Important Benefit and a Vital Retention Tool for Women in STEM
  • Parenting = Leadership; How Becoming a Mom has Made me a Better Professional (and Vice Versa)
  • Professional Development for Introverts
  • Sales Engineering:  On the Front Lines of Evolving Business Technology
  • SWE Overseas: Collegiate Sections Volunteering Abroad
  • Engineering the Smart Grid – Integration
  • Mobile Applications that are Changing the Construction Industry
  • Boiling Water Using the Sun – Water Chemistry Challenges for a Solar Power Plant
  • Can You Visualize your Grape Soda Manufacturing?
  • Communicating Environmental Regulations: It’s Good Business
  • Usage of Advanced Technology such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) in Civil Engineering
  • Kinetic Art and Your Problem Solving Skills: How to Use Your Creativity to Think of Unique solutions
  • Biometrics: The Ultimate Identifier
  • Getting Your Feet Wet When Trying to Stay Dry: An Exercise in Brainstorming
  • Lean Labs – Improving Lab Efficiency Through Workspace Improvements
  • Smart Grid – What’s in it for me?  Customer Benefits and Engineering Career Opportunities
  • Tools Used By Remote Teams To Stay In Touch and Stay Productive
  • Discovering Nuclear Power Career Paths
  • Bayesian Methods For NDE Data Fusion
  • Beyond the Codes: Repositioning towards a Sustainable Development
  • Planning for Retirement as a New College Grad
  • Survey of Engineering Managers: Determining Important Machine Design Skills and Student Preparation for Machine Design Positions
  • Big Changes in Patent Law: The America Invents Act
  • Computer Architecture
  • Lightning Strikes: A Product from Innovation to Manufacturing Reality
  • R-Day: Int Harnessing Light – How Light is Enabling the Future

Conference Survey & Session Evaluations

The WE13 Overall Conference Survey (WE13 Followup Email) and individual session surveys http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/we13sessions are now available.  Please take a few minutes to fill these surveys out because it is really important to recognize the graduate student perspective at WE13 to ensure that we have future graduate student focused sessions at WE14.  Also, the overall conference survey provides an opportunity to share your input with the conference advisory board to impact future SWE conference experiences.

 

WE13 Schedule and App

Don’t forget to download the WE13 Mobile App now to stay updated on all the events and sessions in Baltimore. The app can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store for Android users and the App Store for those with Apple iOS devices. Very useful for making your schedule and browsing session offerings.

One session I wanted to highlightin this post is on Saturday morning at 10 am in BCC 333. The session is “Networking in Academic Settings: Tips for Navigation Research Conferences Throughout Graduate School and Beyond” with presenters Richard (Ric) Weibl,director of the Center for Careers in Science and Technology and director of the Project on Science, Technology, and Disability at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Janet Bandows Koster, executive director and chief executive officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

There are a lot of great sessions planned and sometimes it is hard to decide on just one to attend.  I encourage you to talk with other conference attendees to trade knowledge from what you learned by attending different sessions. It is impossible for one person to go to every session they are interested in so divide and conquer, split up from friends and meet back up later in the day to share notes and what you learned and ask questions about the sessions other people attended.  This is an easy way to Network at WE13!

Here are specific sessions coordinated for grad students by grad students (plus a couple other sessions strongly geared toward grad student population) to consider adding to your schedule.

 

Day Time Room Track Session
Thursday Oct 24 10-11:15 BCC 335 Academics & Graduate Students How to Effectively Communicate Data & Research Results
Thursday Oct 24 10-11:15 BCC 324 Careers in Government and Military Not Engineering as Usual: Career Opportunities for Engineers in Policy
Thursday Oct 24 10-12:00 BCC 334 Academics & Graduate Students Graduate School Networking
Thursday Oct 24 11:30-12:45 BCC 318-323 Mega Session Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome
Thursday Oct 24 1:30-2:30 BCC 328 Careers in Government and Military Government Jobs with a Graduate Degree
Thursday Oct 24 4-5:00 BCC 333 Academics & Graduate Students Graduate Rapid Fire 1
Friday Oct 25 10-11:15 BCC 334 Academics & Graduate Students Graduate Rapid Fire 2
Friday Oct 25 2:45-3:45 BCC 314 Career & Life Transitions Life after the PhD: Career Success in Industrial Research & Development
Friday Oct 25 2:45-3:45 BCC 335 Academics & Graduate Students Writing Your First Scientific Publication
Friday Oct 25 4-5:00 BCC 333 Academics & Graduate Students Strategies for Obtaining Your First Academic Position
Saturday Oct 26 10-11:15 BCC 333 Academics & Graduate Students Networking in Academic Settings: Tips for Navigating Research Conference Throughout Graduate School and Beyond
Saturday Oct 26 10-11:15 BCC 332 SWE Leadership and Business Meetings Graduate Student Involvement in SWE Sections
Saturday Oct 26 10-11:15 BCC 325 Academics & Graduate Students NSF Graduate Fellowships
Saturday Oct 26 1:30-2:30 BCC 325 Academics & Graduate Students Global Opportunities for Graduates and Post Graduates
Saturday Oct 26 1:30-2:30 BCC 326 Academics & Graduate Students The Role of Mentoring in Academia: An Invaluable tool at every level
Saturday Oct 26 1:30-2:30 BCC 333 Career & Life Transitions Strategies for the Academic Job Search
Saturday Oct 26 2:45-3:45 BCC 330 Academics & Graduate Students Industry Career with a Master’s Degree
Saturday Oct 26 2:45-3:45 BCC 333 Academics & Graduate Students Comparing and Contrasting Research Positions in Academia, Industry, and Government
Saturday Oct 26 2:45-3:45 BCC 325 Academics & Graduate Students Applying to Graduate School in Engineering

Rapid Fire Sessions at WE13 Seeking Judges

The Graduate Community is hosting 2 separate Rapid Fire Sessions at WE13.  Each graduate student listed below, selected through a competitive abstract submission review process, will be giving a 5 minute presentation explaining how their research meets the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges in Engineering.

We are interested in having a diverse audience of professionals and academics participate as judges for the presentations.  No previous experience or background work is needed to be a judge. If you are interested in participating as a judge please contact: Marcella Vaicik (Marcella.vaicik@swe.org) and let her know which day or both that you would like to participate.  Judges will listen to the presentation during the session and then fill out a short feedback form that is anonymous.  At the end of the session the graduate student presenters will receive their feedback forms.

Rapid Fire Sessions are a great way to learn about cutting edge research in a short easy to understand format.  Graduate students are excited to share their technical work with people outside of their discipline at WE13 and to receive feedback to improve their technical communication skills.

Name Rapid Fire Presentation Day Presentation Title
Banafsheh Behzad Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm Analysis of the United States Pediatric Immunization Market: A Game Theoretic Approach
Jennifer M. Knipe Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm Biodegradable microencapsulated nanogel system for the oral delivery of siRNA
Kaitlyn J. Bunker Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm High Dimension Droop Control for Wind Resources in DC Microgrids
Maria K. Jimenez Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm Depth-sensitive Detection of Oral Precancer with Oblique Polarized Reflectance Spectroscopy
Nishamathi Kumaraswamy Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm Biaxial Tissue Characterization to Obtain Mechanical Properties of Breast Skin
Shivani K. Gupta Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm Improved Screening Strategy for Activatable Recognition Proteins
Tabitha Voytek Thursday Oct 24 at 4-5 pm Measuring the 21-cm Sky Brightness Temperature Spectrum at High Redshifts
Angeli Gamez Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am The Impact of Wide-Base Tires on Pavement Damage – A National Study
Katherine R. Avery Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am Characterizing an advanced automotive material under interacting damage modes
Maria Choi Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am Modeling of a Hollow Cathode Plume Plasma
Ritu Raman Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am A Projection Stereolithography System for High Resolution 3D Printing of Cells and Biomaterials
Suze Ninh Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am Synthesis and fabrication of endovascular devices used in treatment of wide-neck intracranial aneurysms
Yunshan Wang Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am MicroRNA profiling using conical optical fiber array
Rachel M. Unruh Friday Oct 25 at 10-11 am The Effect of Encapsulated Species on the Transport of Small Molecules through Hydrogels

WE13 Career Sessions, Networking, & so much MORE

WE13 will be in Baltimore, MD Oct 24-26, 2013.  We have some exciting sessions planned this year.  I wanted to take some time to highlight a couple of them.

First is the Graduate Community Networking event on Thursday Oct 24 starting at 10 am.  This will be a great chance to meet graduate students from other schools.  We will also be introducing the graduate leadership team and share updates about what the Community has accomplished this last year and what we have planned for the upcoming year.  There will be time for discussing what graduate students would like SWE to offer and how to get more involved in SWE, too.

Next, we have several specific sessions with Career Path related panels.  These are great for learning about different career paths and how other engineers found their jobs and developed their own careers.

  • Government Career Path: Government Jobs with a Graduate Degree, Thursday Oct. 24 @ 1:30 pm
  • Public Policy Career Path: Not Engineering as Usual: Career Opportunities for Engineers in Policy Thursday Oct. 24 @ 10 am
  • Academic Career Path: Strategies for Obtaining Your First Academic Position, Friday Oct. 25 @ 4 pm
  • Global Career Path: Global Opportunities for Graduates and Post Graduates Saturday Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm
  • Industry Career Path: Industry Career Path with a Master’s Degree Saturday Oct 26 @ 2:45 pm
  • Research Career Path (Industry, Government, & Academia): Comparing and Contrasting Research Positions in Academia, Industry, & Government Saturday Oct. 26 @ 2:45

Another great session planned this year that I am very excited about attending is the Mega Session titled Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome: How to Feel as Bright and Capable As Everyone Seems to Think You Are Thursday Oct. 24 @ 11:45 am

More sessions on many different topics and additional details can be found by searching the Schedule on http://we13.swe.org/

Also, don’t forget to update your CV or Resume and upload it to the SWE Career website http://we13.swe.org/career-fair.  Many career fair companies pre-screen applicants from the SWE Career database and invite selected applicants to special networking and interview events at WE13.

If you are planning to attend WE13 make sure to join our new listserv and join our facebook group as we will have some informal meet-ups while at conference and will utilize facebook to post the info.

I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new at WE13 — I hope to see you there!

Marcella Vaicik

WE13 Graduate Programming Coordinator