SWE - Society of Women Engineers
President: Paige Bernier
Vice President: Kelsey Zaches
Secretary: Jamie Gable
Treasurer: Beth Andrews
Social Chair: Sophie Nespor
Outreach Chair: Victoria Indaco
SWE Travels to Chicago
Society of Women Engineers National Conference 2011
This year, seven of Gonzaga’s female engineering students attended the Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Chicago, Illinois. These students worked hard throughout the previous academic year to raise money for Gonzaga’s SWE chapter with the intention of attending the conference. By means of generous donations from engineering companies, professors, and the Dean, Gonzaga SWE was well-represented at this year’s conference.
There were many advantages to attending the conference. Over 150 educational seminars covered topics from new technologies in nuclear power to how to create cohesive teams. Other seminars, such as “Career and Life Transitions,” and “How to Work a Career Fair” were immediately helpful to graduating seniors looking for jobs. Another great advantage to attending the conference was the career fair, which boasted over 250 companies. Many girls who attended the conference are now onto second-round interviews with companies such as Turner, Honeywell, and Accenture.
The conference was also a great experience for our Gonzaga representatives because they were able to travel to a different city and try something new. Seen in the picture above, Gonzaga represented our geographic region in the “Subject Matter Expert” Quiz Bowl, an academic competition to win scholarships. During their time outside of the conference, the girls were able to see the sights of Chicago, including a trip to Millenium Park, the top of the Sears Tower, and Geno’s East for deep dish pizza.
Overall, the conference was an invaluable experience for students looking for career advancement, networking, new experiences, and job opportunities.