Welcome to FY17!

Hello SWEsters!

Welcome to another wonderful year with SWE Region A! As you may already know, our region covers a wide geographical range, including sections from Northern California and Nevada all the way to Hawaii. My name is Sarah Johnson, and this year I am serving as the Region A Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE). As RCCE, my job is to keep all SWE members in the region up to date with SWE news and events throughout the year. Additionally, I work to facilitate communication between various sections and especially between collegiate and professional groups, and to share best practices and the successes of our sections. As such, I welcome any information that sections wish to share, whether it is about a significant event that is occurring, outreach best practices, or a networking or social opportunity. Please feel free to email me at rcce-a@swe.org. The Region A Facebook group also serves as an excellent way to keep in touch with region events, contact the leadership team, and to communicate with other SWE collegiate and professional members.

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting brief profiles of the members of the Region Leadership Team, so you can get to know us and our roles this year. Please subscribe to the blog (and follow us on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr), and enjoy all the amazing things happening in Region A this year!

Region Grad Representative needed for Region A!

Are you a grad student missing your days of active involvement in SWE back when you were an undergrad? Or perhaps you are new to SWE on the graduate level, and looking to get more involved on a higher level. If you’re interested in helping the Society grow and evolve especially with graduate students, this is the opportunity for you!

We are currently in need of region graduate student representatives (RGR) for Region A. As RGR, you participate in the region leadership meetings and represent graduate students by voicing concerns or providing input to the activities and plans of the region. The purpose of the RGR position is to increase awareness and participation of graduate students in each region. You’re encouraged to reach out to collegiate and professional sections to help them boost their graduate student participation. In many regions, the RGR also helps plan graduate student involvement at the region conference.
If you’re interested, please contact grad-coordinator@swe.org! The graduate community is growing, and you could help shape its future!

Registration is Open for WE Local San Jose

Meet Locally. Learn Socially. What is WE Local?

Register for WE Local San Jose, space is limited

We’re excited to announce that registration is officially open for WE Local San Jose (Region A and J) region members. This is your opportunity to be part of WE Local’s inaugural event taking place at the San Jose Marriott, February 24-26, 2017. Accommodations are limited to only 400 attendees so save your seat and register today!

Please note, registration will be open to non-region members and non-members on Monday, December 5, 2016.

WE Local San Jose offers a competitive price for conference attendees to make the most of their experience. Full registration for members and non-members includes:

  • Welcome Reception (Friday evening, February 24)
  • Career and Exhibit Fair (Friday, February 24-Saturday, February 25)
  • General Breakout Sessions (Friday, February 24-Saturday, February 25)
  • Plenary Sessions (Friday, February 24-Saturday, February 25. Space is limited)
  • Awards Ceremony & Banquet (Saturday, February 25)
  • Four Keynote Speakers (Friday, February 24-Saturday, February 25)
  • Breakfast and Lunch (Friday, February 24-Sunday, February 26)

Tours will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 2-6 p.m. and open to all attendees at an additional cost. Be on the lookout for tour details coming later this month. Visit here for additional information regarding registration. We also encourage you to visit the WE Local San Jose Facebook event page.

Contact welocal@swe.org with questions.

Spotlight on: Engineering Fest Outreach Event at Humboldt State!

Author: Kaileigh Vincent-Welling

The Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) department here at Humboldt State University, with its various club opportunities and active students, has great potential to make a positive impact in our local community. This year, inter-club collaboration is being emphasized greatly, and so it was the perfect timing to plan and host a first all-club outreach day. This year, I hold the position of Co-Outreach Coordinator for the SWE collegiate group on campus, along with my friend and fellow member: Lynn Brown. The two of us started getting the ball rolling in May last semester by meeting with Beth Eschenbach and Jen Buck, the president of the professional section of SWE in our area, and brainstorming ideas for an outreach event that could potentially take place in early this fall. After talking with ERE professors and local high schools, getting a good idea of the fall calendar, and receiving a very generous grant from the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) Eureka chapter, the “Engineering Fest”, the fall outreach event, transitioned from just an idea into a realistic goal.

The objective of the Engineering Fest was to provide a free, educational, and fun opportunity for middle school students across Humboldt County to participate in various engineering activities that were created and run predominantly by ERE students. We teamed up with Eureka High School (EHS) to encourage student involvement at the high school level as well. I got into contact with the engineering teacher at EHS and professional SWE member: Aletta Sauer, and she became greatly involved in being our person of contact and organizer on that end of the planning. Because of her, we were able to use the EHS cafeteria as a venue and collaborate on activities and different resources that would help make the event successful. As I discussed ideas with Aletta, Lynn got in contact with Ken Pinkerton, organizer of the famous, annual Humboldt Math Festival, who offered up so much support and assistance with the event as well.

An interactive solar station designed by the Schatz Energy Research Center

The outcome of the Engineering Fest turned out being something that neither Lynn nor I really expected. On the day of the event, Saturday September 24th, the EHS cafeteria was organized with over 18 colorful, fun engineering activities, about 40 ERE student volunteers from each of the department clubs and Schatz Energy Research Center, two professional engineers from PECG, a few high school student volunteers, and approximately 60 kids from across the county with their families, who all had the biggest smiles on their faces while doing the activities. Some of the activities included: a rope water pump, playdough “squishy” circuits, spaghetti noodle/marshmallow towers, an egg drop, a Van de Graff generator, Arduinos, sand filters, and more. ERE professors, Beth Eschenbach and Kerri Hickenbottom, also attended and provided a great amount of support for the event.

Building towers with spaghetti noodles and marshmellows!


Overall, the Engineering Fest, which will hopefully become an annual outreach event, was successful in that it showed how strong our ERE community is and how motivated we students are to want to positively influence our community and share with others, giving children the opportunity to see that engineering is a real possibility for anyone who has the desire to design the world we live in. Lynn and I would like to thank Ken Pinkerton, Jen Buck, Beth Eschenbach, Kerri Hickenbottom, Aletta Sauer, Ruth Mitchell, and all of the ERE student volunteers for all of their support in this event. We both hope that this event will motivate more inter-club interaction for the future as well as motivate us to continue being strong outreach leaders in our community.

Region A Events: Organic Farm, Wine, Career Mentoring & More!

SWE Region A has some fun events planned for you this year! We will be visiting Organic Farms, have a wine tasting planned, rented a house in Sonoma, and a new Virtual Career Mentoring opportunity!

Coastal Organic Farms, Potluck & Barn Dance – Saturday, November 19, 2016
Registration is now open for our family-friendly visit to U-Pick Swanton Berry Farm & Pie Ranch in Pescadero. Pick your own fruit (most likely kiwis), then join us for a potluck and barn dance! Register by November 16.

Professional/Collegiate Virtual Career Mentoring – Complete Form by November 30, 2016
Interested in connecting for a one-time Career Information Session? Our Virtual Information Sessions allow collegiate members to learn from and network with professionals across California, Nevada, and Hawaii. After the survey closes, collegians will be connected to professionals that have positions or careers they are interested in learning more about for a one-time discussion. Sign up here!

Wine Tasting and Potluck Picnic – Saturday, April 22, 2017
Join us for a visit to a small winery in the East Bay Area in California! We will spend Saturday enjoying the company of SWE friends while tasting a variety of wines. After the tasting we will have a potluck picnic. Registration will open in 2017. Save the date!

Sonoma Trip – Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21, 2017
Our Annual Summer Trip will take place in Sonoma, California! We will be staying a couple miles from downtown Sonoma. We will be close to spas, hiking, wineries, and shopping. The house has a pool! More details to come when registration opens in 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at our Region A RCT events!

FY18 Nominee Evaluations Due by November 13th!

This is a reminder that the Society nominating committee is seeking feedback regarding the nominees for FY18 Society positions. We are asking SWE members to provide information on nominees by November 13, 2016, with regard to the SWE Leadership Competency Model, skills, and experience of the candidates. Your valuable insight will help us make informed decisions.

The following are the FY18 nominees:

Candidates Position
Erin Carroll (Wakefield) Director
Anca Eisele Secretary, Director, &
Speaker of the Senate
Brittney Elko Secretary & Director
Enanga Fale Director
Kate Hull Speaker of the Senate
Elizabeth Hurley Director
Marjorie Inden Trustee
Cassandra Janakos Director
Dayna Johnson Director, Speaker of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the Senate,
& Senate Secretary
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi Secretary, Director, & Trustee
Wendy Landwehr Trustee
Olivia LeBlanc Deputy Speaker of the Senate
& Senate Secretary
Jennifer Lynch Secretary, Director, & Senate Secretary
Janis Mantini Trustee
Maureen Masiulis Secretary, Director, Speaker of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the Senate,
& Senate Secretary
Ellen McIsaac Secretary, Director, Speaker of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the Senate,
& Senate Secretary
Alexis McKittrick Secretary, Director, Speaker of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the Senate,
& Deputy Director of Regions
Rachel Morford Director
Mary Perkinson President Elect
Elizabeth “Libby” Taylor Secretary, Director, Speaker of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Deputy Director of Regions,
& Senate Secretary
Natalie Vanderspiegel Deputy Speaker of the Senate & Senate Secretary
Penny Wirsing President Elect
If you have experience working with or for any of the nominees listed above, I urge you to provide feedback to the Society nominating committee. The information you provide through this process is very helpful in guiding our decisions. You do not have to submit feedback for all candidates or all questions on a given candidate. We encourage you to provide information only when you have direct knowledge of the candidate and her skills and experience. We seek information relevant to the candidate’s potential for success in that position. Be as specific as you can, giving examples whenever possible.

Please fill out the feedback survey this year even if you provided feedback previously on the same nominee. Per procedures, feedback from the previous year is not retained.

The Society nominating committee is again employing SurveyMonkey to collect and collate feedback. We ask the same short series of questions for each candidate. Visit here for the FY18 Society Nominations Survey to begin entering comments.

Important: Once your comments are submitted into the survey for a selected nominee, the page will re-direct to the start of the survey and you can choose another nominee.

Although your name is requested with your submission, all information will be held confidential. Society nominating committee members will see only the compiled feedback without submitter identification.

All feedback must be submitted by the end of Sunday, November 13, 2016.

If you have difficulty utilizing SurveyMonkey, please contact SWE HQ.

For your reference, here are the survey questions and SWE Leadership Competency Model.

The Society nominating committee and I thank you for your participation!

Kelly Griswold Schable
FY17 Society Nominating Committee Chair

Congratulations to all Region A Award Recipients!!

Region A did quite well at WE16, winning numerous section and individual awards. Congratulations to all the award recipients!

Section Awards

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Professional Development Award Small Section – Humboldt State University
(pictured: Emily Klee)
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Communication Award Small Section – Humboldt State University
(pictured: Terran Hilden)
MOU Outreach Partnership Award Small Section – Humboldt State University 
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Membership Retention Award Small Section – Humboldt State University
(pictured: Terran Hilden)
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Outstanding Collegiate Section Award  – Silver Level – Humboldt State University
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Outstanding Collegiate Section Award Gold Level – UC Berkeley
(pictured: Elizabeth Chu, UC Berkeley SWE President)

Individual Awards

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Collegiate Technical Poster Competition Finalists
Hannah Budinhoff – UC Berkeley (Graduate)
Jessica Gartrell, California State University, Fresno (Undergraduate)
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Women Engineers You Should Know – Allison Goodman

A principal engineer in the Solid State Drives and Memory Division at Intel, Allison Goodman is the only employee currently serving on the Intel Foundation board of directors, selected from among hundreds of candidates. Goodman is a longtime advocate for gender diversity in STEM, as evidenced in her involvement as chair of the Women at Intel Network and her dedication to the Society of Women Engineers. At Intel, she has facilitated networking and mentoring opportunities, and provided professional development workshops for fellow employees at the Sacramento site.

Goodman has served as SWE Region A governor (encompassing Hawaii, Northern California, Northern Nevada, and Pacific Island Territories), Region A outreach representative, and president of the Sierra Foothills Section, as well as many other positions.

Whether in visible roles or behind the scenes, Goodman has actively encouraged youth to pursue engineering studies, and mentored many women to develop successful careers. She has made it a priority to nominate women for awards, ensuring that women engineers receive the recognition that is deserved and, at the same time, raising the profile of women in the profession.

Goodman earned her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University, graduating with honors. She is the daughter of engineers — her father is a chemical engineer and her mom is an architectural engineer. Goodman is married to another Cornell graduate and resides in Sacramento. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and walking the couple’s dog, Weimaraner.

Submit to WE Local Collegiate Competitions! Deadline Tomorrow!

Meet Locally. Learn Socially. What is WE Local?

WE Local is now accepting online abstract submissions for the WE Local Collegiate Competition. Entering the competition means undergraduate and graduate students can share their research to a broad technical audience to gain valuable insight. The top five finalists from both undergraduate and graduate categories will be invited to attend the WE Local conference based on their submission.

During the conference, finalists will present and receive live feedback from professionals and educators in the STEM field. Visit here for more information on the WE Local Pittsburgh Collegiate Competition. For those interested in submitting for San Jose, visit here.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CT on Friday, November 11, 2016.

If you have questions regarding the process, contact welocal@swe.org.

SWE STAR Competition!

Start thinking ahead now for the SWE Star Photo Competition! Look for creative and cool opportunities for photos at WE16!

Competition Rules:

  • Take a creative/fun photo of your section’s SWE Star
  • Photo taken this fiscal year (July 1, 2016-May 31, 2017
  • One submission per section
  • Email submission by May 31, 2017 to rcce-a@swe.org

If you need to replace your SWE Star, email the RCCE! Prizes will be awarded! $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd!

Sign up for SME Bowl at WE16!

Ever wanted to be on Jeopardy but couldn’t get past the online test? Here’s the next best thing! The Subject Matter Expert Bowl is from 2-5pm on Saturday at WE16, and we want you to participate. Answer questions about science, engineering, and SWE history to earn both money for the region and ETERNAL GLORY!!

Ok, maybe not eternal glory, but SME Bowl is a great way to have fun, network with fellow Region A SWEsters, and meet other people in leadership positions from different regions. If you’re interested, please add your name to this sign up sheet!

Need travel funds for WE16 conference? Region A can help!

Region A Funding Available for WE16 Travel

Limited SWE Region A Travel Funds are available for WE16 airfare and hotel related expenses (up to $250),

Deadline for WE16 fund applications is Oct 24th, approved applicants and expenses will be notified AFTER the conference.  Travel fund recipients are required to spend at least one hour staffing the Region A SWE Boutique booth.

Officers and speakers are given priority, please plan accordingly.
Please email claudia.galvan@hotmail with questions.

Apply for Funding Here!