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.

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

FY17 Graduate Member Coordinator



Liz Dreyer,

Liz Dreyer is a PhD Student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI studying Electrical Engineering. Her research explores a novel class of optical phenomena called magneto-electric scattering. She seeks to determine and identify trends in magneto-electric scattering response in various materials for potential application in energy-conversion and integrated photonic devices. Liz graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2012. She has been actively involved in SWE since her freshman year in 2008 and most recently served as the FY16 co-director of GradSWE at the University of Michigan. When not involved in academic activities, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband, playing board games, and exploring the State of Michigan.

FY17 Graduate Member Coordinator-Elect


Genevieve Kane is a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She holds BS degrees in Physics and Music from SUNY Albany, a BS degree from SUNY New Paltz in Electrical Engineering, and a MS in Nanoscale Engineering from SUNY Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Her research is is focused on coupling a novel, in-situ heating technique with electron microscopy in order to study microstructural evolution in polycrystalline materials. She spent the last year as the Region F Grad Rep and Region Outreach Committee Rep. Genevieve enjoys spreading the joys of science through SWENext, and other outreach activities across the Northeast.  In her spare time, she also enjoys martial arts, Zumba, reading, and theater.


WE17 Graduate Programming Coordinator


Emily Hoffman,

Emily is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Her PhD thesis focuses on using electron microscopy to understand the nanoscale wear and corrosion of biomedical materials. Emily has attended WE13 in Baltimore, WE14 in Los Angeles, and WE15 in Nashville, delivering talks at WE14 and WE15 about opportunities for engineers in policy. Outside of the lab, she is an active Delta Gamma alumnae, plays IM football, and loves listening to podcasts. Emily will serve as Graduate Programming Coordinator for WE17.

WE17 Graduate Programming Coordinator -Elect


Jodi Boutté,

Jodi Boutté is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Science at Louisiana State University A&M in Baton Rouge, LA; she also holds a M.S. in Engineering Science concentrating in Human Factors and Ergonomics and a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Human Movement. Her current research focuses on human factors in healthcare; specifically, she is interested in the assessment of fatigue by mental and physical work factors in various work environments. This research is integral in the improvement of healthcare processes and patient safety practices. She has been very involved in SWE programs and has most recently participated in the 2015 and 2016 Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering program. In her current position as Graduate Program Coordinator-Elect, she is very interested in helping to develop programs to continue aiding the progress of diverse graduate populations. Outside of her studies, she enjoys having fun with her 3-year-old daughter, Jordyn; exercising; and traveling.


FY17 Webinars Coordinator 

Celine Liong

Celine Liong is a PhD candidate at Stanford University studying Bioengineering. She develops wearable electronics for diagnostics and therapeutic applications. Her research mainly focuses on electronic skin for the treatment of phantom limb pain in amputees. She has been a part of SWE since her freshman year at her undergraduate institution, UC San Diego, and has held leadership roles on the collegiate and national level. Outside of work, Celine enjoys rock climbing and cycling. She also loves baking pastries to exercise dessert diplomacy in her lab.


FY17 Social Media Coordinator 

Alexandra AndersonAllie Anderson

Allie Anderson is a PhD student in the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.  Her research focuses on developing a computational fluid dynamic and heat transfer model for an operating industrial pyrometallurgy furnace.  She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gonzaga University and a M.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  Outside of academics, Allie is an outdoor recreation enthusiast and has very much enjoyed exploring Colorado’s beautiful landscape.  She has been involved with SWE since her freshmen year of undergraduate studies.


FY17 SWE Membership Director


GMC Reporting Contact on the SWE Board of Directors

oshaughnessy_michelleMichele 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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