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Welcome to FY15

Hello SWEsters,

I welcome you to the FY15 Region A blog! As you may already know, our region is comprised of SWE sections from Northern California, Hawaii, and Nevada. My name is Maribel Locsin and I am your Region A Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for fiscal year 2015. Just a brief background about myself, I am pursuing a BS in Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University graduating in December 2014 and I currently work at Genentech as a Co-Op. I was previously the FY14 Region A Collegiate Senator (RCS) and I am also an active member of AIChE and ASCE. If you have any questions or would like to join my network, you are welcome to check out my LinkedIn profile and connect with me.

My role is to inform the region and all its subscribers about any news or upcoming events that arise throughout the year as well as share best practices and maintain connections between the collegiate and professional sections. I am open to requests for articles such as coverage of significant events, resume blasts, networking tips, etc. so please feel free to email me at There is also a Region A Facebook group to connect with other SWE collegiate and professional members and keep in tune with what is happening on the region level.

Please subscribe and hope you enjoy reading about the great happenings of Region A!

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October Hot Topic: Annual Conference


SWE Annual Conference We14 in joint with ICWES16 will be held in Los Angeles, California! This is the largest networking event SWE hosts every year and is quite useful for those making their way through college, transitioning from collegiate to career, or inquiring about professional development. Surrounding yourself around professionals in industry is motivating and can definitely help set your career as a future or progressing engineer. Considering the many benefits for collegiates and professionals SWE can offer, here is a few essential tips to know in preparation for conference.

Plan your schedule ahead!

From collegiates to professionals, there’s a track for you! The conference schedule has the seminars, tours and special events conveniently organized by track depending on which path most interests you. The track labeled as “Career and Life Transitions” would be beneficial to collegiates as some of the sessions focus on the transition from colleigate to professional in terms of resume building, guides for women in STEM, and much more. Professionals can also benefit from this track as there are seminars that revolve around work-life balance and leadership in the workplace. It is highly recommended to take a look at the seminars offered each day and highlight those that most interest you.

The Region A council meeting is scheduled to be on Thursday, October 23rd from 12:45-3:45pm. Collegiate section presidents are required to attend the last 2 hours (1:45-3:45pm) as the meeting will be run by the Lt. Governor and RCR. Important information pertaining directly to the collegiate sections will be announced. Members are also encouraged to attend! Please make sure to include this meeting in your schedules.

Hospitality suites and Career fair are a must!

The Hospitality Suites are a great networking event to network and to inquire about their internship and full-time opportunities. This is a great time to meet the engineers, talk about their careers, and determine if you be a good fit in their company. It is scheduled to be on Thursday, October 23rd from 8:00-10:00pm so prepare your resume and dress to impress! The Hospitality Suites directly follow the Career Fair Opening Ceremony that is from 6:00-8:00pm. Everyone is invited to this ceremony and the career fair beings immediately after. If you are in search for an internship or full-time position in Summer 2015, this is the best time to do so! Over 200 employers will be in attendance and many of them host on-site interviews so this would be the best time to bring your interviewing skills to the table and blow away the engineers.

Collegiate participation for the SME bowl is needed!

The Subject Matter Expert (SME) Bowl is an event sponsored by Exxon Mobile in which each region competes against each other in areas of science, math, engineering, and technology. For sample questions please see the SME Bowl Information. Please advertise this event to your section members since we still need participants to represent Region A. Your knowledge and expertise is need and engineering diversity is encouraged! The event is on Saturday, October 25th from 2:00 to 5:00pm. To sign up, contact your section president or Leabeth Peterson at The sign up sheet is shared in the RCR Dropbox. Spectators are also welcome so come support your region!

Put a smile on and network!

We14 is the best time to network, speak to current and successful engineers, and discover your future as a woman in engineering. Come with a positive attitude and an open mind to learn about the different industries you can start your future. Attend the seminars that interest you the most and grab the opportunity to talk to the speakers afterwards. This is your opportunity to shine and develop the skill set to become a successful women in the STEM field. Schedule ahead, prepare your resume, and dress for the job you want!

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your time in Los Angeles! If you have any questions regarding conference, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Hope to see you there!

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Best Practice: Imagineer Day at CSU, Chico


Section reports were recently turned in to our RCR, Leabeth Peterson, and many sections had impressive reports that informed about their section best practices. The best practice answer submitted by Erin Baumgartner, CSU, Chico section president, was above par and gave great insight on what Chico State does for their outreach event. Erin wrote the following:

“A best practice for our section would be our biggest annual K-6 STEM-education outreach event, Imagineer Day. The event is held in the spring semester in the CSU, Chico engineering buildings and is funded primarily by our own section.

The day-long event brings together over 130 local grade K-6 students (girls and boys) together to participate in multiple hands-on labs that demonstrate basic engineering-concepts. Each participants leaves the event with a unique Imagineer Day t-shirt (designed by a SWE member each year) and a goodie-bag filled with school supplies (folders, notebook, pencils, crayons, erasers, etc.). Each lab is taught by a SWE officer/member, along with the help of volunteers from other CSU, Chico College of Engineering clubs.

The goal of Imagineer Day is to get young girls (and boys) interested in the engineering field. During the event, we not only discuss engineering as a subject of study and career choice, but we also encourage the children to think about their own future. We aim to show the participants that STEM subjects can be fun, exciting and more “hands-on” than just reading from a textbook.

We receive many compliments from parents that attend the event along with their children every year; not only do they compliment us on the instruction of the labs, the lab instructors and volunteers,  but they also compliment the fact that our instructors and volunteers represent such a diverse group (in relation to sex, race, age and engineering discipline). Every year has called for an expansion due to demand as well; our section’s first Imagineer Day held around 100 participants and this year we plan for 150. Multiple articles have been published in our university newspaper, The Orion, and in the annual CSU, Chico College of Engineering magazine, Connections. Our section’s Public Relations officer was also interviewed last spring on the local TV news station about the event.”

Thank you Erin for sharing this best practice with us and we hope CSU, Chico continues to host wonderful and inspiring outreach events such as this.

If you have any questions regarding Imagineer Day, please contact Erin at

Chico_ImagineerDay4Above: Making ice cream!

Chico_ImagineerDay5 Above: Designing a cradle for the egg drop

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Radio Show with Leabeth Peterson on Women in Engineering

A radio show called “Through the Eyes of Women” featured our very own RCR, Leabeth Peterson, to speak on a segment that revolved around women in engineering. An article was posted along with the 30-minute radio interview Leabeth participated in to discuss the importance of women in the STEM field, the struggles they face in school and industry, and the positive impact of exposing the next generation to engineering skill sets. A senior at Humboldt State University studying environmental engineering, Leabeth shares her experiences with SWE, the leadership roles she has adopted, and the community of inspiring and driven women the society brings.

When asked about the radio show, Leabeth expresses, “the experience was wonderful because it allowed me to talk about the things I’ve noticed in my time as a female engineering student. I am consistently motivated by SWE to not only spread my SWE knowledge, but my passion and enthusiasm for the organization. SWE has begun to take me places in my life and career and will continue to do so!” Leabeth concluded the interview by motivating the public, especially young and inspiring women, to “stay strong, you can do it all.”

Thank you Leabeth for sharing this wonderful news with Region A and we hope your encouraging words will go a long way for present and future women in engineering.

I invite you all to listen to Leabeth’s radio show interview and read the brief article that was written in supplement to her interview.

Leabeth Peterson

Above: Leabeth Peterson, Humboldt State University

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SJSU Boeing Team Tech Sponsorship Opportunity

Attention Professional Members of Region A!

There is a wonderful sponsorship opportunity for the San Jose State University SWE section. The SJSU section is excited to announce their formation of a Boeing Team Tech group, which is an inter-disciplinary design competition meant to strengthen team building and engineering skills. Please click on the link below for the funding proposal by Samantha Sprau, Team Lead of SJSU Team Tech. Samantha’s contact information is provided on the linked proposal and if you have any questions regarding the sponsorship opportunity please refer them to her. The help of you and your company will be greatly appreciated and please assist SJSU’s Team Tech in spreading the word!

SJSU Boeing Team Tech Funding Request FY15

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SWEstar Photo Contest Winners

Here are the winners for the first annual SWEstar photo contest! :D

Third place goes to the San Joajuin Valley Section with their SWEstar attending Spamalot: P1080485Second place goes to the University of California, Berkeley Section with their SWEstar enjoying the sun: IMG_2202First place goes to Humboldt State University Section with their SWEstar, Sequoia: SequoiaCongratulations to the winners and thank you so much to all the sections who have participated in this competition! I hope everyone enjoyed being creative with their SWEstar and photos. The Region Collegiate Team has planned to continue having this contest each year so make sure you bring your SWEstar wherever your section goes because you never know, you might find the right place to take the perfect photo! :)


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SWE Region A Collegiate Officer Training September 20, 2014

Golden West RegionRegistration is now open for the Region A Collegiate Officer Training! The training will be hosted at San Jose State University on September 20, 2014, 9:30am-2pm. Collegiate officers, section committee chairs/members, and other collegiate leaders may register here.

September 20, 2014
Registration closes on September 15, 2014

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192

Free, but you must register online no later than September 15, 2014, as space is limited.

9:30-10:00 AM – Welcome Activity
10:00-11:00 AM – CLCC: SWE Officer Training
11:00-11:30 AM – Collegiate Section Best Practices Sharing
11:30-12:00 PM – Lunch (Provided)
12:00-12:15 PM – Quick Overview of SWE Leadership Tools
12:15-1:45 PM – CLCC: Strategic and Tactical Planning. Sections will break out to start to create their strategic and tactical plans
1:45-2:00 PM – Closing words by RCT, CLCC & SJSU and Certificates of Completion

San Jose State University is approximately 4 miles from San Jose Municipal Airport (SJC) and is located near several freeways. Street parking is free on weekends, paid city and university parking structures are also available. There are several hotels in the area such as but not limited to Four Points by Sheraton San Jose, The Fairmont San Jose, and Ramada San Jose Downtown. There is no SWE rate at these hotels, but please check travel discount sites such as and for the best price.

The RCT, CLCC, and San Jose State SWE looks forward to seeing you at the training! If you have any questions please send an email to


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