Welcome to FY16 , Region A!

Hello fellow SWEsters,

My name is Amanda Lagasca, and as the new Region A Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for Northern California, Hawaii, and Nevada, I want to welcome you all to the FY16 Region A blog. Through this blog, I hope to inform, encourage, and connect all Region A collegiate and professional sections.  I am also open to any questions, concerns, or requests; I can be contacted at rcce-a@swe.org. So please subscribe today to stay tuned for upcoming events within the society and for information about other sections within the region. Also, remember to follow Region A’s group on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you and have a SWEet day!

Chico State SWE’s Imagineer Day 2016 was a big success!



This past April, Chico State SWE hosted over 170 participants at our annual K-6 STEM outreach event, Imagineer Day. Started in 2013 with just 100 participants, this award-winning, annual event brings the engineering career path to the attention of local children ranging from grades K-6. Every participant had the opportunity to experience fun, hands-on engineering activities, all the while learning how and why the things in this world work the way they do.

This year’s labs featured engineering disciplines such as Water Resources, Civil/Structural, Mechanical, Computer, Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science.

While this event is planned and funded by the Chico State SWE section, they are very proud that it has become a group effort and collaboration across the entire College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC). This year, the section hit a record of four other College of ECC student organizations, along with their SWENext section, leading hands-on labs. This marks Chico State SWE’s largest cross-club collaboration that Imagineer Day has had to date.

To learn more about Imagineer Day and see more photos, visit the Chico State SWE section website at csuchico.swe.org.

Humboldt State SWE Social


This past April, Humboldt State’s SWE section held their annual SWE Social in Eureka, CA. They invited their entire Environmental Resources Engineering student body and faculty as well as local women engineers. This year in particular, there was a great turnout of professionals and student attendees; all participants were encouraged to mingle and share their experiences and knowledge in the engineering field. Prior to the social, HSU SWE also held a networking workshop to help members prepare for the event. Members received tips and advice on how to make strong and meaningful connections when networking. HSU SWE hopes this event continues to grow and promote stronger relationships between students and professionals.

Intercollegiate BBQ Hosted by UC Berkeley

Earlier this month, UC Berkeley’s SWE section reached out to other local sections, including UC Davis and San Francisco State SWE. Together, members enjoyed some delicious Korean BBQ, played games, and networked with one another. The small event was a great opportunity for members to share their experiences from their own sections and stay up-to-date on what is happening in the area. Members from the UC Berkeley section hope this event paves the way for future intercollegiate events within Region A; events like this are an enjoyable, casual way to get local sections together and to take a small break from school.

Last day to buy tickets to SF State SWE’s Evening with Industry

Support San Francisco State’s SWE section at the their very first Evening with Industry as they start a new networking tradition. Come out and enjoy some great food and make new connections!

Final day to sign up is tomorrow, Wednesday 4/27! So please sign up today!

SWE SF State Evening with Industry
April 29th, 2016 Friday 7-10:30
at Buca Di Beppo in San Francisco


ABJ2016 Conference Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Region A award recipients who were recognized at the ABJ2016 Conference.
Thank you all for continuing to explore, engage, and empower within the SWE community!

Outstanding Collegiate Leader

Kylee Davis accepting on behalf of Erin Baumgartner – California State University, Chico –  “For outstanding community involvement & for expanding outreach programs through her leadership in the California State University, Chico Section.”

Outstanding Collegiate Leader

Heidi Otten  – Humboldt State University – “For outstanding section, region, & society leadership, and growing and expanding the Humboldt State University Section.”

ERG Partnership Award

Marta Wicke & Liz Buzzard accepting ERG Partnership Award – Mt. Diablo Section in collaboration with The Clorox Company –  “For outstanding partnership with Clorox’s ERG for Women through outreach, training, and tour events.”

Emerging Leader

Alya Elhawary – Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company – “For outstanding technical performance, leadership in section, region, and society roles, and dedication to STEM community efforts.”


Reminders and Updates

Region A Award Submissions

Today  (Jan. 15) is the last day to nominate an individual from your section to be recognized at the ABJ conference. For more information, go to http://regiona.swe.org/individual-award—professional.html.

FY17 Region Position Applications

The deadline for professional positions is today (Jan. 15) and for collegiate positions is February 1.

The following positions are accepting applications

Lt. Governor (1 year term)
Secretary (1 year term)
Treasurer (1 year term)
Professional Senator (2 year term)
Society Nominating Committee Member (2 year term)
Region Collegiate Representative (RCR) – 1 year term
Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) – 1 year term
Region Collegiate Senator (RCS) – 1 year term

For the roles and responsibilities of each positions, use the following link: Region Council Elected Officers Responsibilities and Criteria. Except as noted above, terms for each position are from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Submissions must contain the following information:

  1. Name of nominee
  2. Position(s) of interest
  3. Contact Information (day/evening phone number and email address)
  4. Section
  5. List of previous positions held (if any)
  6. A 200-word maximum candidate statement to be published if candidate is placed on the ballot. Generally this includes why the candidate wishes to serve in the position and what s/he hopes to accomplish.
  7. A 150-word maximum candidate history (qualifications and previous SWEleadership experience).
  8. Photo

Please address all submissions to the Region A Nominating Committee Chair, Malia Francisco Farkas at malia.francisco@swe.org.

Submit nomination page(s) in MS Word format. Please submit your nominations on time to support the nominating committee deadlines.

Contact Malia Francisco Farkas if you have any questions.

January 24th Collegiate Training – Cancelled

Unfortunately, the January 24th Collegiate Training for Region A has been cancelled due to a lack of participation.

For additional resources for collegiate training for your school, contact Jessica Kiefer at jessicakiefer@gmail.com.

Region A Ceramics Painting Social in Mountain View

If you are interested in participating, sign up soon because spots are quickly filling up. The event will be on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PST). Sign up through the following link: Ceramics Painting.

ABJ Conference Early Bird Registration

If you haven’t registered for the ABJ Conference yet, the early bird pricing ends on January 31. Make sure you take advantage of the lower costs.

Region A SWE Leadership Mentoring Program Sign-Ups

Sign-Ups for the Region A SWE Leadership Mentoring Program have begun. We would like to emphasize that this mentoring program is directed towards furthering your SWE career and not your personal career. If you would like to participate in the program please fill out the survey on the link below by November 30th.


The Mentoring Program Committee will match pairs by January 1, 2016. The Mentoring Cycle will go from January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016. Two weeks before June 30th another survey will be sent out to rematch pairs.

Due to the high number of participants who would like to be mentees and the low number of participants who would like to be a mentor, the assignment of pairs will be first come, first serve. Although, if you are not paired this round, you will have first priority for the next round.

To facilitate the mentoring process, the Mentoring Program Committee will be sending the participants a Mentoring Newsletter once a month. If you have any questions please let us know!

Pearl Yamaguchi, Mentoring Program Committee Chair

Heidi Otten, Mentoring Program Committee Co-Chair

Region A Society Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Region A members and sections who received a Society Award at the WE15 Conference. Keep up the good work and continue to aspire, advance, and achieve!

SWE Fellow 

Lynda Grindstaff

SWE Distinguished New Engineer

Brittney Elko

Outstanding Collegiate Member

Leabeth Peterson (Humboldt State University)

Outreach Event

California State University, Chico

Humboldt State University


Humboldt State University

Professional Development 

University of California, Berkeley

Humboldt State University

Outstanding Collegiate Section

Gold – California State University, Chico

Silver – Humboldt State University

Boeing Team Tech

2nd place – University of the Pacific


Register for the ABJ Conference

Registration for the Region ABJ 2016 Conference is open! The conference will take place on February 18-21, 2016 and will be hosted in Seattle, WA on the beautiful waterfront at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. The focus of this year’s conference will be to EXPLORE what the world of engineering has to offer, ENGAGE women of all ages and backgrounds, and EMPOWER each other to take on new challenges and seek out our passions. So don’t wait and REGISTER NOW!

Volunteer for the conference and/or get involved in a planning committee by checking out the various ways you can help out hereContinue reading “Register for the ABJ Conference”

October Hot Topic: SWE Career Center Resource

Whether you are seeking a job or an employee, SWE can help you out with their Career Center resource. The Career Center is a useful tool for both job-seekers and employers. It is a virtual destination that that allows individuals with different levels of experience to explore the job market.

Job-seekers can utilize the SWE Career Center to help simplify the process of finding a job. The Career Center allows job-seekers to search for jobs that fit their best interest. Individuals can also setup job alerts, manage their resumes, and gain access to resources that are complementary to professional growth, such as career coaches and articles on career advice*.

Employers can use the SWE Career Center to post current job openings and connect with potential candidates. The Career Center further assists companies with the search for qualified and prospective employees by helping manage job postings, clients, resumes, and candidates.

The SWE Career Center is a beneficial resource than can help you land your next job or find your next top employee. It is open to everyone; just visit the website and take the first step of creating an account as a job-seeker or an employer. The Career Center can easily be accessed through the home page of the societal SWE website:

career center tab

Don’t hesitate and go check it out!

* Note: The “Content Library” in the job-seeker resources can be accessed without creating an account. ENJOY!