Call for FY18 Coordinators

Call for FY18 Coordinators

Get more involved with SWE as a graduate student!

The Graduate Leadership Team (consisting of the Graduate Member Coordinator, the Graduate Programming Coordinator, and their coordinator-elects) is looking for new coordinators for FY18, starting in July 2017!  This is a great opportunity for grad students to get involved in the SWE Grad Community. The four 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.  

The applications are due by April 01 2017 11:59 pm CDT (Midnight).

Note that the GMC-Elect position requires the SWE HQ Committee Chair application. The SMC, WC and MC 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 the week after the deadline if there any additional questions and to schedule a phone interview. If you have any questions, please contact Genevieve at



Grad Member Spotlight: Denise Freeman

8 February 2015



Denise Freeman

PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering, Expected graduation 2019

Michigan Tech


Denise has worked alongside Ericka Sheeran to start-up GradSWE at Michigan Tech, and has served as the co-director for the committee. They have held webinar viewings, study groups, and outreach events on campus. In the future, they are looking forward to starting writing groups and sponsoring professional development workshops. Congratulations, Denise, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
someday…hopefully by 2019
Give a brief explanation of your research.

Aircraft construction increasingly consists of materials constructed with epoxy resins. Despite the many advantageous properties of these resins, the exposure of aircraft to extreme temperature and pressure conditions over time leads to degradation and hence compromised performance. The thermo-physical and mechanical properties of these resins are currently predicted with Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations; however, the simulations are only as accurate as the inter-atomic potential, or guidelines, employed. My focus is on the parameterization of the Reax Force Field (ReaxFF) potential through the use of ab initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) simulations.


What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?

I aspire to become a faculty member at a mid-size university, where I can both teach and continue research-related in the area of computational materials science. I am very passionate about advancing women in STEM, and I will continue to serve as a role model and mentor for other women considering STEM fields.


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

In the summer, I enjoy gardening and cooking with the veggies and herbs from my backyard/porch gardens. In addition, I enjoy running (I’ve run 4 half marathons) and learning how to cross country ski.


What’s a fun fact about you?

I am sometimes over ambitious in the kitchen, and I have actually cooked squid before. I made a squid stew once…it was actually pretty good. (This was to commemorate learning the acronym “SQUID” in my graduate level Magnetism class…superconducting quantum interference device).