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 Twitter and Flickr), and enjoy all the amazing things happening in Region A this year!

Inspire Girls through FIRST!

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technologyis looking for volunteers to serve as judges and referees for events in the larger Bay Area! It’s an amazing program that serves to inspire and promote STEM careers for all kids through challenging and cool projects. With many girls of all ages in the program, seeing female professionals volunteer to help and encourage them could have a real impact on their career choices in the future. Check out the flyer for more information and learn more at http://firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer. They have events all throughout the fall and winter, scattered throughout the Bay!


FIRST Volunteer Poster BayArea 

Invitation to Join Region A’s Leadership Mentor Program!

We’d like to invite you to join in Region A’s Leadership Mentor Program for the August – December period. This mentoring program is focused on providing advice, guidance, and support in furthering your leadership skills. The program is centered around SWE.  Most mentoring discussions will revolve around the SWE competency model: leadership abilities, business knowledge & management, communication, and self management & development.

Mentoring pairs will be matched from across the region.  Mentoring discussions are expected to happen over the phone, in person, or through email.  Pairs can choose the frequency and communication types that work best for them.

If you are interested in participating, as a mentor or mentee, please fill out the survey at the link below to participate.

Professionals: http://goo.gl/forms/zro9cZgHRgX6CbYI2

Collegiates: http://goo.gl/forms/ccmlEESfvxWuFVkE3

The last day to fill out the form is August 12. The Mentoring Program Committee will then match pairs by August 19, 2016. The Mentoring Cycle will go from August 19, 2016 – December 31, 2016. Two weeks before December 31st another survey will be sent out to rematch pairs.

The assignment of pairs will be first come, first serve. If for any reason 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

Allison Goodman, Mentoring Program Committee Co-Chair



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