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!

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!

Region Position Openings

Want to get more involved in SWE? You’re in luck! Check out the current Region A position openings:

  • Region Nominating Committee Chair – seeks out and identifies slate of candidates for Region Election
    • Region Nominating Committee (2-3 people)
  • Region Membership Committee Representative – sits on Society Membership Committee
  • Program Development Grant Committee Representative – sits on Society Committee; reviews and approves event/program proposals from regions/sections and awards funding for those events
  • Teller Chair – helps with election vote tallying/announcement
  • Webmaster – updates Region A website

If any of these positions interest you or if you have any questions, please contact Brittney Elko, the Region A Governor at brittney.elko@gmail.com.

WE15 Information

Good day, Region A!

If you are attending the WE15 conference in Nashville, TN, here is some information that may be of interest for you:

  • The Region A Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22 in MCC, 107A from 12:45-3:45 p.m. All section reps, presidents, and other Region A members who are interested in region business are recommended to attended. You can add the the meeting to your calendar from the WE15 webite here.
  • Region A Volunteers are needed for our SWE Boutique Booth. Please sign up here for an hour or two to work our merchandise table in Nashville.  All proceeds go to the Region Travel Fund.  No sales experience needed! If you are receiving funding for conference travel this year from the Travel Fund you must volunteer at least 2 hours.
    Questions?  Contact Ashley Pietz (ashley.e.pietz@gmail.com or 209-747-5405)
  • Are members of your section presenting a workshop at the WE15 conference? Let us know so we can advertise to our members!
  • If you haven’t already done so, download the WE15 app. It’s a useful resource to have for the conference.

I hope you are all ready and excited for the WE15 conference in Nashville! It’s just around the corner.

Happy packing!

Amanda Lagasca, Region A Collegiate Communications Editor

Have you downloaded the WE15 app?

Are you attending the WE15 Conference in Nashville, TN? If so, download the free WE15 app and take advantage of all of its features:

  • Build your personal conference schedule.
  • Browse events and exhibitors.
  • Stay up-to-date on program changes and messages.
  • Takes note and email them.
  • View locations of events and maps of the site.

Also, stay tuned in on the WE15 mobile app game for your chance to win prizes from SWE!

WE15 Early Bird Registration

Hello Region A,

If you haven’t already bought your ticket for WE15 in Nashville, the discounted early bird registration fees expire this Wednesday, September 30. So get your tickets ASAP at http://we15.swe.org/ before prices go up.

Also, the deadline to submit a Region A Travel Fund Application for the WE15 conference is this Thursday, October 1. If you are interested in a funding request, fill out the Region A Travel Fund Application and submit your appropriate receipts to the Region A Treasurer (regionatreasurer@swe.org) and the Region A Secretary (Marta.Wicke@clorox.com) by the deadline.

Thank you and have a SWEet day!

Amanda Lagasca

New Region A Leadership Coaches

We had many qualified applicants this year, and are proud to have selected the women below to join the Region A Leadership Coaching Committee. They will be a valuable resource for their sections and the Region for years to come!

Courtney ThomasCourtney Thomas

Courtney graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and will be working in the Water Division of Black & Veatch as a Civil Engineer in Sacramento, CA. Her previous SWE involvement includes serving as Section President of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Collegiate Section for FY15, the Vice President of Member Relations at Cal Poly for FY14, the Tour Coordinator for FY13, and being part of the planning committee for the 2015 Region B Conference in San Luis Obispo, CA. In her free time she enjoys hiking, wakeboarding, wine tasting, and just about everything involving summer. Courtney is excited to be coaching the Sacramento State and UN Reno SWE Sections.

Heidi Otten

Heidi OttenHeidi is an undergraduate student at Humboldt State University. She will be graduating in December 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resources Engineering. She also works at the Natural Resources Conservation Service as an Engineering Trainee, helping agricultural business’ conserve their natural resources. Heidi became an active member of the Humboldt State University Section in the fall of 2013. She was the FY15 Humboldt State University Section President and one of two FY15 Region A SWE Future Leaders. Her hobbies include kayaking, backpacking, and reading. Heidi is thrilled to be the Leadership Coach for Humboldt State University and Chico State University SWE Sections.

Ishita Mandhan

Ishita MandhanIshita graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2015. She was involved with the Society of Women Engineers throughout her undergraduate career, serving as the Section President, Internal Vice-President, Secretary, Socials Co-Chair, and Historian of the Texas A&M University SWE Section. After graduation, she moved to California to work at IBM as a Software Developer and will be serving as a SWE LCC Coach in Silicon Valley. She hopes to assist SWE sections to develop essential leadership and management skills through consistent personal involvement with the officer teams. She is of Indian heritage but grew up in the Middle East, and moved to the U.S. for college. She understands the need for a supportive environment in a new place, which for her was SWE at Texas A&M. Ishita aims to assist women engineers in a largely male-dominated field so they can grow as leaders during the course of their journey through college and beyond. Ishita is delighted to be coaching the San Jose State University and Stanford University SWE Sections.

Be sure to introduce yourself to our new coaches if you get the chance to spot them at any SWE events! Also, we would like to thank our Team Lead, Cassi Janakos for her fantastic leadership these past 6 years. She will no longer be our Team Lead since she will be serving as the Leadership Coaching Committee Chair-Elect for FY16.

Lindsay Kammeier, Region A Leadership Coach