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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. 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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May Hot Topic: Transition to Professional SWE Membership

Transitioning from a C2C to Professional SWE membership is an exhilarating stepping stone to know that you have completed your collegiate years and are about to start your career in the STEM field. Here are a few things to keep in mind when developing your professional network and staying involved in SWE wherever your career may take you.


The map of the professional sections in Region A is shown above and is based on the area where you currently reside and/or work. This is very helpful if you are moving about Region A and are looking for the correct professional section to participate in. Here are the link to these professional section websites:

Sierra Foothills Section
Golden Gate Section
Mt. Diablo Section
Sacramento Valley Section
Santa Clara Valley Section
San Joaquin Valley Section
Hawaiian Island Section
Sierra Nevada Section

It is encouraged to do some research on these sections to look for upcoming events and opportunities for involvement. Reach out to the leadership to find out if there are open positions as the sections are actively looking to find committee chairs, committee members, and volunteers at the start of the fiscal year. To stay in tune with the professional section updates, please subscribe to their mailing list, like them on Facebook, and don’t be shy to reach out to their leadership!

When renewing your SWE membership, double check that you are selecting the correct professional section. Be aware that there are also C2C transition and first year professional dues that will be asked when renewing. The professional membership has a vast range of benefits including professional development, leadership training and experience, networking, outreach, career management, and much more.

There are many opportunities to get involved with the SWE communities and you can leverage these opportunities to assist in your professional career and personal development. Start networking as early as possible, reach out to leadership, and find ways to get involved!

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SWEstar Contest – Deadline Approaching!

This is the last reminder to have your submissions in for the SWEstar Contest! Deadline is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Sections can submit one photo of their SWEstar from the last year to or The top three submissions will receive cash prizes for the section. First place will earn $75, second place $50, and third place $25. Take a look at last year’s 1st Place Recipient!


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2016 Region ABJ Conference Presentation Pre-Call & Interest List

The 2016 Region ABJ is coming! We’re in the process of developing our session track and abstract submittal process, but we wanted to get the word out ASAP.

If you are interested in receiving a notification when our official call for presentations and technical papers goes live, please fill out the interest survey at the link below:

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Catherine Thomas & Theresa Krack
Co-Chairs, Programs & Speakers Committee

Alex Sonnabend
Chair, University Committee

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April Hot Topic: Tips to Transition Collegiate Section Leadership

It’s that time of year again when elections have completed and the roster for the incoming leadership is set. In a previous post we’ve announced the FY16 collegiate leader election results and we are proud to have a strong collegiate team to continue the legacy of Region A. To ensure we finish this fiscal year with a united front and transition to the FY16 leadership in a smooth manner, here are a few suggestions to follow.

  1. Update your Roster
    Update your section’s Leadership Roster by filling out the names and emails for next year’s leadership at This is important because the RCR will not have your sections contact info otherwise! This is also known as the Annual Report.
  2. Section Presidents Handbook
    This handbook is a detailed guide of everything you need to know about SWE leadership. From collegiate leadership responsibilities to reporting to societal awards, this handbook has useful information that is necessary to lead your section towards a successful year. Section presidents, please keep an eye out for it in your inboxes as it is an incredibly helpful document to assist the introduction of a new president elect into her position. Contact the RCR at to receive a copy.
  3. CLCC’s Tips for Officer Transitions
    Please refer to one of our CLCC coaches’ post about “Six Tips for Successful SWE Officer Transitions”. The article briefly covers elections, transition meetings, and the strategic planning module to start planning for the next year. For information about the information shared on this post, please contact Lindsay Krammeier at
  4. Modules by CLCC Coaches
    CLCC coaches are available for presentations to help assist this smooth transition among collegiate leadership. One of them includes Strategic and Tactical Planning, which is held over summer to get a head start on your SWE leadership responsibilities. If there is any topics that you would like to see our coaches present or need any further guidance, please let us know so we can get that prepared for the transition. Please contact your CLCC coach for any transition questions you may have.
  5. Leverage your Resources
    There are multiple points of resources that surround Region A. As a collegiate leader, your CLCC coaches, SWE professionals, RCT members, and past section leadership are there to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. These transitional tips and upcoming meetings are here to help guide new leaders into their roles and it is to your advantage to leverage these experienced SWE professionals and past leaders to establish your place as part of SWE leadership. Start networking as soon as possible!

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FY16 Collegiate Leader Election Results

Region A is pleased to announce the FY16 collegiate leaders!

Region Collegiate Representative – Jaclyn Bronner
University of California, Davis

Region Collegiate Communications Editor – Amanda Lagasca
Humboldt State University

Region Collegiate Senator – Victoria Wee
Stanford University

Please join us in congratulating these aspiring young women for their accomplishments and we are confident in your upcoming success as part of the Region Collegiate Team.

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Congratulations to our Region A Award Winners (Pt. 2)

Jessica Teachworth – Society Level Award

Jessica Teachworth

Jessica Teachworth is recognized by the Region A council for her dedication to the mentoring and development of future SWE leaders. She has volunteered in the Santa Clara Valley Section’s GetSET (Get Science, Engineering, and Technology) summer outreach program for high school girls. She actively supports the Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair and the FIRST Robotics Silicon Valley Regional events. Jessica is currently a technical assistant to the chief engineer for the Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems line of business. She supports executive leadership forums in areas of strategic planning, proposal evaluation, technical interchanges, and critical skills management. As a member of Lockheed’s strategic missile technologies team, Jessica researched and evaluated advanced technologies for use in solid rocket motors. As a Six Sigma Green Belt, she initiated and implemented a continuous improvement program that resulted in millions of dollars in savings. Jessica has lead many studies to evaluate the merits of technical capabilities in the context of customer requirements and cost constraints. She is a valued member of SWE-SCV and her communities as she continues to promote more young women to the STEM field and continues to add to her extraordinary accomplishments.

Claudia Galvan – SWE Region A Distinguished Leader Award

Claudia Galvan is an active member of both the SWE Santa Clara Valley (SWE-SCV) section and Region A. From her international advocacy to her global work experience, Claudia is a true leader and role model for women engineers in today’s workplace. She has led international teams at major U.S. Fortune 500 companies and is known for her passion for international markets, her ability to build synergetic, high-performing teams, and to inspire future industry leaders. Claudia began her ever-growing career in software engineering in Mexico then relocated to California as a Software Development Manager at McGraw Hill. She has influenced companies such as Oracle, Adobe Systems, Microsoft, and Hightail throughout her career. Claudia joined SWE-SCV in 2009 and became involved with outreach programs. In 2013, Claudia was elected SWE-SCV President in which she embarked on promoting the society, outreach programs, membership, and partnership with major tech companies. Her technical contributions have impacted hundreds of millions of people around the world. She is passionate about SWE, an acknowledged advocate for women in engineering, and serves as a mentor to women.

Debra Jacobs – SWE Region A Distinguished Leader Award

Debra Jacobs

Debra Jacobs’ involvement began in 1979 as a freshmen in college. She completed her BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technologies University and began her career as a structural engineer in Wisconsin before relocating to California to complete her M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. Debra has been a dedicated member, is active with numerous mentoring and outreach programs, served as a Region A committee chair, and served at the societal level on the SWE National Bylaws Committee. Debra has advanced the engineering profession by becoming the face of women in engineering in her community. Most of her career has been in service to the public, most notably for the City of Palo Alto in the Public Works, Engineering Division for more than 19 years. She has participate and presented in over 600 public meetings and is a published author of numerous publications. Debra’s professional achievements continue to inspire as she educates the next generation of engineering leaders.


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