SWE - Society of Women Engineers

SWE 2014-2015 Officers and Faculty Advisor

2014-2015 Officers

President: Paloma Cruz
Vice President: Amanda Johnson
Secretary: Susana Lira-Gonzalez
Treasurer: McKenzie Horner
Advertising Chair: Alexandra McNaught
Social Chair: Casey Burt
Outreach Chair: Victoria Indaco
Faculty Advisor: Sara Ganzerli

Annual Report:  All of SWE’s events are focused on developing a stronger network on campus and in the professional community.  New this year is SWE’s Mr. Engineer Pageant where male computer scientists and engineers sport their nerd attire and show off their talent to earn the coveted title of “Mr. Engineer!” This event aimed at showing how talented and diverse our community of engineers is. In addition, a coalition of various engineering clubs hosted a t-shirt fundraiser in order to raise club funds and provide students and families with SEAS attire.

Gonzaga’s SWE chapter has a long history working with the local Girl Scouts chapter in hosting STEM related events to promote female interest in STEM related careers. This year, SWE helped organize lunch for an Engineering Day event that hosted over 50 Girl Scouts. Similarly, SWE organized a bridge-building competition for a Gonzaga’s Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) and Athletes Mentoring for Excellence (GAME) student event. This activity was used to demonstrate fundamentals of statics while having fun with spaghetti and marshmallows.

To further prepare student’s professional development and networking abilities, SEAS and SWE host an Annual Females in Engineering Dinner providing an exceptional opportunity for students to meet professionals from industry. This year, SEAS had the pleasure of inviting Gonzaga alumni Heather Rosentrater to share her experience and 18-year career at Avista Utilities.