Grad Leadership Team

Roles and Reporting Structure

The Graduate Member Coordinator (GMC) works 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 the following year.

The Graduate Programming Coordinator (GPC) works with a dedicated team of graduate students and professional SWE members to create a diverse track of sessions for current graduate students, and for those who are considering going to graduate school, for the annual SWE conference. The GPC-Elect assists the GPC, in preparation for the following annual conference.

The Webinars Coordinator (WC) works with the GPC-Elect to host webinars for the graduate SWE community throughout the year, to ensure webinars are advertised and routinely presented.

The 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.

The Mentoring Coordinators (MC) facilitate the GradSWE Mentoring Program through program development and periodic benchmark assessments.

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

The Professional Graduate Team Leaders (PGTL) assess of the needs of professional graduate students, and make recommendations and resources based on those assessments.

The 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 WE Local Programming Liaison (LPL), works on facilitating a positive experience for graduate students at WE Local conferences.

The Collegiate Research Competitions Coordinator organizes the research competitions at the annual WE conference. There are two categories, the poster competition and the ‘Rapid Fire’ talks competition. Each competition has both an undergraduate division and an graduate division. The coordinator organizes the call for abstracts, abstract judges, communicating with finalists, coordinating judging at the annual conference, and running the sessions at conference. The coordinator interfaces between SWE headquarters, the Awards Committee, Women in Academia, and GradSWE.

All positions report to the GMC, who reports to the Director of Membership Initiatives.

FY19 Graduate Member Coordinator


Carolyn Chlebek,

Carolyn Chlebek is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. She received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research explores the effects of mechanical and biological factors that contribute to the progression of osteoarthritis. Carolyn has previously served as Collegiate Senator for Region F as well as several SWE roles within the RPI section, including President. In addition to SWE, she was very active in engineering outreach through Engineering Ambassadors at RPI and the Biomedical Engineering Society at Cornell. Outside of lab, she enjoys running, playing soccer, and baking.


FY19 Graduate Member Coordinator-Elect


Cecilia Klauber,

Cecilia Klauber is a graduate student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Baylor University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. Her research is about how solar flares and space weather affect the power grid, specifically developing monitoring and mitigation methods that would inform and empower grid operators during these geomagnetic disturbances.
Cecilia has served as an officer for the Baylor and Illinois collegiate sections, including GradSWE Director for FY17. She is also an active member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, serving on various student chapter and student-run conference committees.

WE18 Graduate Programming Coordinator


Megan Beck,

Megan Beck is a fifth-year Ph.D candidate in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. Originally from St. Maries in northern Idaho, Megan graduated from Boise State University and the Honors College in 2014 with Bachelors of Science in materials science and engineering, mathematics, and applied mathematics and a minor in physics. Her research is focused on investigating low-dimensional electronic materials and discovering unique heterostructure combinations and geometries that give rise to novel behaviors associated with the atomically thin nature of these materials. Megan was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship in 2015. She has been involved with Northwestern’s GradSWE group, serving as vice president last year and president this year, and is a co-founder of the Materials Science Alliance for Inclusive Community (MatSAIC) at Northwestern. Megan is also very involved in her church community and spends her free time cooking, crocheting, and playing with her rat terrier, Una.

WE18 Graduate Programming Coordinator – Elect


Mujan Seif, WE18 Graduate Programming Coordinator – Elect

Mujan N. Seif is a first-year Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering at the University of Kentucky. She is originally from metro-Detroit, and received her B.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Kentucky. As an undergrad, she was heavily involved in SWE and Material Advantage (an MSE student group), conducted research, and did a co-op at DuPont. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent the following year working as a research assistant in Dr. Katsuyo Thornton’s Computational Materials Group at the University of Michigan. There, she used phase-field calculations to study the microstructural evolution of lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite (LSCF) cathodes for applications in solid oxide fuel cells. As a graduate student in the Beck Group at UK, her research focuses on using atomistic calculations to investigate the underlying structure-property relationships that affect the operation of high-performance thermionic dispenser cathodes. She also implements continuum scale calculations to evaluate the mechanical properties of “random structures” in an effort to model nanoporous materials.

FY19 Mentoring Coordinators 


Angelica (de Rosa) Payne, Assessment Mentoring Coordinator

Angelica is a mechanical design engineer who holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon University. Her graduate research focused on the effects of clinical doses of ionizing radiation on pediatric bone. She currently works in product development bringing projects through design and production, often medical devices. She has been a member of SWE since 2007 and served as vice president of her collegiate chapter, and most recently served as a panelist during WE Local ‘17. Outside of work, Angelica enjoys spending time with her husband, backpacking, and volunteering in the local community.



Amy Zheng, Developmental Mentoring Coordinator

Amy Zheng is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University under the supervision of Professor Jamey Young. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. Her research involves the use of metabolic flux analysis to study the metabolism of photoautotrophic organisms used to make biofuels. Amy has been involved in SWE since her freshman year. She was the graduate student coordinator of her undergraduate for 2 years. Then, she became the president of her undergraduate chapter during her senior year. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking, traveling and yoga.



Millicent Orondo, Communications Mentoring Coordinator

Millicent Orondo is a student at Iowa State University.



Karla Morrissey, Undergraduate Mentoring Coordinator

FY19 WE Local Programming Liaison

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Kazi Tasneem, WE Local Programming Liaison

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. 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. 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.

FY19 International Graduate Team Leader


Shreya Dwarakanth, International Graduate Team Lead

Shreya Dwarakanth, a graduate student at Georgia Tech.

FY19 Diversity & Inclusion Liaison 


Andrea Haverkamp, Diversity & Inclusion Liaison

Andrea Haverkamp is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Engineering program at Oregon State University. She is also a student in the Queer Studies Ph.D. minor within the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. Andrea’s research interests include marginalized experiences in engineering, feminist research methodologies, and interdisciplinary social justice scholarship. Her dissertation research is funded through a 3-year NSF funded project which intends to study gender dynamics and support structures in engineering education for transgender and gender nonconforming students as informed by queer theory and collaborative community methodologies. Her industry experience includes the US EPA, US Air Force, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

FY19 Social Media Coordinator 


Rasika Bhalerao, Social Media Coordinator

Rasika Bhalerao is a PhD student in Computer Science at NYU under Dr. Damon McCoy. She received her BS in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (Discrete Math and Algorithms), and in Statistics from the University of Washington in 2017. She has been a part of SWE since her freshman year, and is looking forward to contributing at an international level!

FY19 Webinars Coordinator 


Elisa Duseing, Webinars Coordinator

Hi! My name is Elisa Duesing and I recently graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of Science in Industrial Systems Engineering and an MBA. I completed both graduate degrees as I worked as a project engineer for Electric Motor and Contracting Co., Inc. in Chesapeake, VA. I am currently transitioning into a new role which will focus on process improvement and strategic development. I’m looking forward to working with GradSWE as the Webinar Coordinator for FY19!

FY19 Professional Graduate Team Leader

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Danielle Shaffer, Professional Graduate Team Lead

Danielle Shaffer is a Master’s student at the University of Akron, studying Mechanical Engineering and Structural Engineering. She works full time as a Tooling Engineer at BWX Technologies while attending school part-time. Her favorite hobbies are sailing on the tall ship Brig Niagara, volunteering on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, trying not to die in triathlons, talking off people’s ears about cranes and rigging, biking with her local biking Meetup, and chasing her two crazy cats, Bowline and Spur.

FY19 Collegiate Research Competitions Coordinator


Emily Hoffman, Collegiate Research Competitions Coordinator

Emily Hoffman graduated with a PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University in 2016. She work as a biotech consultant at Charles River Associates in New York City. She earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Emily served as the Graduate Programming Coordinator for GradSWE in 2016 and has presented multiple sessions at the annual conference.

FY19 SWE Membership Initiatives Director

GMC Reporting Contact on the SWE Board of Directors


Michele O’Shaughnessy,


2 thoughts on “Grad Leadership Team

  1. We would like some help with region conference workshops at our FY14 region conference in region i. Are there presenters that can come do this for us or do you have any PP presentations we could use? Please contact Lili Solorzano with any information you might have at

    • Hello Lili,
      If you’re looking for conference presentations that are relevant for graduate students, Katharine Brumbaugh can help you with that. Last year, we provided a presentation on ‘Funding your Graduate Education’, and helped find speakers to give this panel talk. If you are looking for something similar, please contact Katharine.
      Since your speaker submission deadline is coming up very soon (August 30th), I don’t think we will be able to find speakers to commit in that short amount of time. But if we can submit something short by that deadline that gives some general information about the presentation, then we will have more time to find speakers.
      I hope that helps!

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