Check out the Collegiate Director’s Letter from the November issue of All Together.
My name is Olivia Trinko, and I am the current RCCE for Region i as well as the President of the CSU section of SWE. I am in my fourth year of five at Colorado State University, and I am studying electrical engineering and music. Last summer, I interned with Florida Power and Light, and I have recently accepted a summer internship with Pacific Gas and Electric. I know this post is supposed to be an introduction, but if you really want to learn more about me, you can check out my bio on the Region Collegiate Team page of this blog. I want to focus on my favorite section of the SWE website, the Learning page. I am amazed at the career and professional development resources that are available to SWE members. Let’s check them out!
SWE is continually coming out with new webinars, and past webinars are available to replay any time. These webinars span a variety of topics, from “How to Find a Job in 10 Days” to “Title IX: The Good, The Bad, and The Unfinished.” I’m sure you can find something of interest. In addition, there are several podcasts on the SWE website, many of which are interviews that supplement the webinars. SWE even offers an online course called “Engineering Leadership for the 21st Century.” I urge you to check it out! (On a similar note, Region i’s very own Pamela L. Dingman, 2013 SWE Entrepreneur Award winner, recently gave a fascinating TedTalk.)
If webinars aren’t your thing, you might want to check out the Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee. Adriana Aguilar, Christina George, and Kate Nolan are here to help the collegiate sections of Region i with any issue they may be facing with organizational management or personal leadership.
I can personally vouch for the value of the SWE Career Center. I posted my resume a while back, and a couple weeks before WE13, PG&E called me asking me to interview at the upcoming career fair. And now I have my summer internship lined up! Companies recognize that the people who post their resume on the SWE Career Center are great candidates because of their affiliation with a great organization.
Needless to say, the resources available to SWE members on the website are astounding!
Check out the Collegiate Director’s Letter from the October issue of All Together.
As the president of the Colorado State University section of SWE, I have spent the past few months trying to convince several different sources to help fund our members to attend the annual conference in Baltimore, MA on October 24-26. Sending members to conference comes with a hefty price tag, so I needed to show that it is a worthwhile endeavor.
SWE helped make my job easier with pages on the conference website like Benefits for Collegiates. It outlines several aspects of the conference that are of interest to collegiates in particular. Of course, the career fair is a major draw of the conference. Students get experience talking to recruiters in industry and academia, hopefully getting an internship or job out of the process. There are professional development opportunities galore through workshops and panel discussions. Attendees can share the knowledge they obtain at these sessions with fellow students when they return to their university. Conference is a fantastic opportunity to network with professionals and collegiates from around the world. I personally have gained several mentors and friends from past conferences with whom I still stay in touch. Conference isn’t all work though. There are plenty of opportunities for fun like sight-seeing in Baltimore and Celebrate SWE! The conference website also has a cost/benefit kit to help quantify costs. This helped immensely with my efforts to get funding.
If you have attended conference before, I’m sure you can relate to my enthusiasm for the event. If you have not attended, I hope that you will be able to make it to one soon. I promise it will be worth it! If an annual conference is out of reach for you currently, may I suggest that you look into attending the regional conference? This year, Region i’s conference is in Wichita, KS from February 28 to March 2. The regional conference is very similar to the annual conference content-wise, but it much more manageable price-wise. Check out the conference website for more information. Registration will open soon!
A few regional notes for conference attendees:
- The region meeting will take place on Thursday, October 24th from 1:45-3:45 pm in room 334.
- Bring a T-shirt from your section to give to the Wichita section. They will be making a quilt out of them as a fundraiser for the regional conference.
- If you haven’t made a poster to represent your section (at the leadership summit in August), be sure to make one to introduce your section at the region meeting.
- Check to see if your section has any photos to contribute to the Celebrate SWE! Region Photo Scavenger Hunt. The guidelines were emailed to section presidents.
- Stay organized with the Explore WE13 app!
Check out the Collegiate Director’s Letter from the September issue of All Together.
The SWE website is full of valuable information, but it can sometimes be intimidating to navigate. That’s where I come in. Throughout the next few months, I am going to highlight some of the important resources of the website. To go with this month’s Hot Topic, we’re first going to explore the Membership section. To get started, go to swe.org. There are six tabs near the top of the page. This month, we’ll focus on the first tab, Membership.
The Membership tab has several subsections. The first section is called Join. This link takes you to the Member Services Center, where members can login to their account and new members can join. (swe.org/join has the same effect.) The second section is Types & Benefits. As the title suggests, this pages outlines the types of SWE membership (Collegiate to Career vs. regular Collegiate plus Joint membership) and benefits of joining. Send prospective members to this page. The Profile and Directory sections direct you back to the Member Services Center login page where you can access your information as well as that of your fellow SWEesters. The Sections section provides a geography of SWE at the sectional and regional levels. I personally find it fascinating to see how expansive SWE is! The next section is Public Policy. Many collegiates especially don’t realize that SWE is very active in advancing women in engineering through legislation. If that sounds like your cup of tea, check out the Public Policy page for the latest information and ways to get involved. Be sure to also check out SWE swag on the SWE Store page! My personal favorite section is History. I’m always inspired when I learn about the strong women who paved the way for me to have such great opportunities as a female engineering student. The All Together newsletter, which can be accessed from the Membership tab, is a great source of SWE news (in addition to this fabulous blog of course!) If you’ve browsed all of the sections under the Membership tab and still haven’t found what you’re looking for, don’t worry! The Member Services sections can answer any of your remaining questions. Check it out! The last section is My SWE Communities. What is My SWE Communities, you ask? All I’ll say is that it’s like a discussion board on steroids. I’ll leave you to discover its wonders. (If you need more direction, check out the aptly named webinar, “My SWE Communities 101.” Whew! We made it through the Membership tab!
This has been a very broad overview of the membership resources on the SWE website. Now it’s your turn to explore! Comment on this post if you have any comments, questions, or membership resources I missed. I look forward to hearing from you!
Amazing female engineer Katherine Kuchenbecker presenting a talk on digitizing our sense of touch!