WE16: Opportunities for Involvement!

We are only TWO months (plus a few days) away from the WE16 national conference in Philadelphia, PA! Participating in a conference session is a great way to justify attending the conference and network with fellow SWE grads. Here are TWO ways to become involved in WE16 as a grad student! These opportunities include:

  1. Rapid Fire sessions – call for applications
  2. GradSWE member survey/option to participate in a panel at the GradSWE Meet & Greet

Rapid Fire Sessions: Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

GradSWE Member Survey: Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here.

For questions about either of these opportunities, Please email Rachel at grad-programs-coordinator@swe.org with any questions.


SWE Magazine must-reads

How many of us actually read the SWE magazine? In full disclosure, I used to skim through it and then toss it on my pile of magazines.  Recently though, because my husband and I are about to move across the country and we’re going through all our stuff to determine what gets tossed in the garbage/recycling and what comes with us, I have been going through my SWE magazines and actually reading the articles. I can’t believe I’ve missed out all these years! So, whether you’re looking for something to read while on the treadmill or elliptical, or looking for some light before-bed reading (the two ways I’ve been reading the magazine), there are several articles in the 3 most recent SWE magazines that I think the Grad Community would appreciate. If you’ve already recycled your magazines, never fear, you can access the archives here:



Spring 2015 issue:

  • Page 10 – “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” – inspirational short descriptions of women you’ve probably never heard of.
  • Page 18 – Policy Aims and the Federal Budget – as all grad students know, funding dictates everything. This article talks about STEM funding from a National perspective, and how SWE and its members may be affected.
  • Page 20 – Compelling Encouragement for Women Engineers – another inspirational story of a woman who accomplished so much throughout her life, Mildred Dresselhaus, PhD.
  • Page 29 – SWE at 65 Women Engineers You Should Know – more inspirational stories!
  • Page 36 – Bullying at Work – learning how to identify and deal with bullies in the workplace.
  • Page 40 – Women in Engineering: A Review of 2014 Literature – I found this very interesting in terms of what the experts are saying about women and their role in engineering, including statistical analysis of degrees and faculty positions.
  • Pages 60-63 – Career Toolbox and Life & Work – tips on how to succeed at work and find balance in your life.


Winter 2015 issue:

  • Page 12 – Behind the Headlines: How Women Candidates Did in the 2014 Elections – interesting assessment on how many female representatives we have in the legislature.
  • Page 14 – Women Engineers Share Their Stories on a New Wiki – SOOOO COOL! There is a new wiki that is a joint effort between many different professional organizations to share lessons and stories of life from many different disciplines. You can find the specific engineering one here: http://ethw.org/Category:Engineering_and_society
  • Page 26 – Wanted: Diverse Cybersecuirty Work Force – the importance of cybersecurity and of attracting and retaining women in this field.
  • Page 38 – 2014 Achievement Award Address – Frances Mazze Hurwitz, PhD gives a memorable and inspirational address when receiving the 2014 Achievement Award at WE14.
  • Page 50 – On-Ramping and Off-Ramping – the challenges women face as they start a family and the decision to stay at work or not.


Fall 2014 issue:

  • Page 12 – Bridging the Gap for Girls in STEM – the story of the Girls Scouts Troop 2612 who participated in The 2014 White House Science Fair.
  • Page 22 – A Pioneer in Equal Rights and Earthquake Safety – the inspirational story of Ruth Gordon Schnapp, P.E. and her battle with equal rights in society and in the work place.
  • Page 44 – Women Engineering Leaders in Academe 2014 – a discussion on women succeeding in academia.
  • Page 80 – Should I Do a Postdoc? – a question many in the Grad Community face!



February Webinar: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Speaker: Candice F. Landry, PhD, MBACandice Landry

Candice has over a decade of experience as a technical contributor on multi-national projects, including R&D for academia, government, and industry; offshore rig construction; and investor relations.  She is a champion for multi-discipline STEM programs.

She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Microbiology, and pursued her interests in experimental science to earn a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Houston. Candice earned an MBA with a Finance specialization from Tulane University thereafter, and now works to integrate technology and business as an Intellectual Asset Manager for Halliburton.

Candice serves as the Director of Technology for the Women’s Energy Network, and as a lead on outreach programs aiming to transition STEM graduates into a career in industry. Through Halliburton’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, she travels to speak with SWE members about professional development and emerging technologies in oil and gas.

Title: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Preparing to launch your career in industry can be daunting. Join the discussion on how to make the move from academia to a professional venture smoothly. We will discuss key elements that will prepare you to successfully launch into the process of building a professional network and crafting a resume that works for you!

Join us on Thursday, February 26th at 10:00 AM CST! 

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3825966577167265025

December Webinar: Confidence for Introverts

Join us on Thursday, December 18th at 10:00 AM CST for a webinar hosted by Dr. Donna Vogel! Dr. Vogel will be talking about different personality traits and how each person can use his or her own strengths to embrace various career environments.
Donna Vogel Bio:
Donna L. Vogel, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Professional Development Office, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her Ph.D. is in developmental biology, and her clinical subspecialty is endocrinology. She worked at NIH for 25 years, initially as a fellow conducting clinical and basic research.  Dr. Vogel managed a grant program for 13 years, and then became the first Director of an office for postdocs at NCI. While at NIH, she also worked closely with the Office of Research on Women’s Health.  She joined the Professional Development Office in 2007. She has an ongoing interest in career development and mentoring for students, postdocs, and early-career scientists. 
Abstract: Confidence for Introverts
For introverts and extroverts: Build on your strengths to project outward confidence. Learn to understand and synergize with the style of the opposite type. Acquire some tools to help you advance your career by projecting confidence in anxiety-provoking situations. We will explore introvert and extrovert working styles and develop ways to deal with intimidating circumstances. You do not need to have taken the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory to benefit from this webinar.

Resume vs. CV

I went to a great workshop this fall at my university that I’ll summarize here, as I thought other graduate students might be interested in this information as well. The Powerpoint presentation is available online if anyone would like to read more.


  Resume CV
Purpose Skills and abilities History, education, accomplishments
Type of positions Private sector, government, nonprofit Academia, federal government (PhD level)
Content Multiple documents tailored to specific positions Full list of qualifications
Structure Arranged chronologically and/or functionally, action verbs are key Organized by titles and accomplishments
Length 1-2 pages As long as needed

SWE Webinar – Preparing Your Tenure Package: Research

Summer is here! Here is a great webinar to watch about the tenure process.

Webinar Date: 10AM ET on Wednesday, June 25th

In this webinar, you’ll hear from two successful female professors at different types of universities. You’ll learn about the importance of research in getting tenure at different types of institutions, what types of research are valued, and what elements of research to emphasize in the package.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Marygrove College. She is a professor of mechanical engineering and served on the faculty at Kettering University for 18 years, eventually earning the position of Associate Provost. In addition to her work in academia she has served in industry and government. She is a four-time gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission and, as commissioner, served as chair for two terms. She also chaired the Driver’s Education Advisory Committee and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee for the Michigan Department of State-work that resulted in new legislation for Michigan. Currently Dr. El-Sayed serves as an officer on the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education and chairs several national committees.

Dr. Dawn M. Tilbury is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Engineering, University of Michigan. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. In 1995, she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is currently Professor, with a joint appointment as Professor of EECS. Her research interests include distributed control of mechanical systems with network communication, logic control of manufacturing systems, reliability of ground robotics, and dynamic systems modeling of physiological systems. She was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2008 and Fellow of the ASME in 2012, and is a Life Member of SWE. She is the 2012 recipient of the SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator Award.

Registration Linkhttps://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/386960026

SWE Webinar – Preparing Your Tenure Package: Teaching and Service

I hope everyone is having a great end of the semester.  Take time off from studying or register to watch later this great webinar on preparing for tenure! Note: this is for tomorrow!

Webinar Date: 2PM ET on Friday, May 9th

In this webinar, our speakers will focus on the teaching and service aspects of tenure. You’ll hear about the types of institutions and departments where they went through the tenure process, and what their universities expected of them for tenure; then, they’ll share their perspectives on what went into their successful tenure packages in the areas of teaching and service activities.

Speaker Bios:

Toni Doolen is the Dean of the University Honors College and a Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). Toni’s research studies the application of process improvement methodologies and innovation to improve organizational performance. Toni spent 11 years in manufacturing engineering and management roles at Hewlett-Packard Company. Toni received a BS in Electrical Engineering and in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Alice Pawley is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Program and the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. She is co-PI of Purdue’s ADVANCE program, focusing on the underrepresentation of women in STEM faculty positions. She runs the Feminist Research in Engineering Education (FREE, formerly RIFE, group), whose diverse projects and group members are described at feministengineering.org. She received a CAREER award in 2010 and a PECASE in 2012 for her project researching the stories of undergraduate engineering women and men of color and white women. She has received ASEE-ERM’s best paper award for her CAREER research, and the Denice Denton Emerging Leader award from the Anita Borg Institute, both in 2013. She helped found, fund, and grow the PEER Collaborative, a peer mentoring group of early career and recently tenured faculty and research staff primarily evaluated based on their engineering education research productivity. She can be contacted by email at apawley@purdue.edu.

Registration Linkhttps://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/537243010