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1 Welcome to our 6 th General Body Meeting, March 2010 RPI SWE ASPIRE ADVANCE ACHIEVE

2 Agenda Upcoming Events Racquetball Event Molecularium Event Etiquette Dinner Outreach call for Volunteers Region F Conference 2010 Microsoft Digigirlz Day Celebrate RPI SWE Active Members Recognizing RPI SWE member, Sarah Laprade RPI SWE Polo T-Shirts National SWE T-Shirt Announcement National Membership Info Elections Aspire Advance Achieve

3 Upcoming Events Wed Mar 17, 6pm – 8pm Racquetball- 87 Gym Sun Mar 21, 11am – 1pm E-board Meeting - Union 2424 Mon Mar 22, 7:30pm – 8:30pm RCPC- Union Mothers Wed Mar 24, 3pm – 5pm Molecularium Event - Horseshoe Sun Mar 28, 11am – 1pm E-board Meeting - Union 2424 Mon Mar 29, 7:30pm – 8:30pm RCPC- Union Mothers Mon Mar 30, 6pm – 8pm Etiquette Dinner - Sage Dining Hall Wed Apr 3, 11am – 2pm Nanodays Volunteering - CMOST Museum Mon Apr 5, 7:30pm – 8:30pm RCPC- Union Mothers Fri. Apr 9 th – Sat. Apr 10 th Regional Conference – Boston University Sun Apr 11, 6pm – 8pm E-board Meeting - TBA Mon Apr 12, 7:30pm – 8:30pm RCPC- Union Mothers Tues Apr 13, 11:30am – 1:30pm Microsoft Digigirlz Day Sun Apr 18, 11am – 1pm E-board Meeting – Union 2424 Mon Apr 19, 7:30pm – 8:30pm RCPC- Union Mothers Aspire Advance Achieve

4 RPI Racquetball When: March 17th, – 8 PM Where: 87 Gymnasium Attire: Gym Clothes Gear: Racquets & eye guards will be provided Food: Snacks and drinks will also be provided Previous RSVP required Aspire Advance Achieve

5 Molecularium Event Update TimeActivity 3 pmMeet at the Union Horseshoe 3:15 – 4:45 pm Watch Molecules to the Max & Tour the Childrens Museum of Science and Technology 5 pmArrive at Union Horseshoe Wednesday, Mar. 24, pm Aspire Advance Achieve Previous RSVP Required.

6 Etiquette Dinner When Mon Mar 30, 6pm – 8pm Where Sage Dining Hall Attire Business Casual Sign-up Today or Sara Sass at

7 Outreach, Nanodays Who: Any SWE member or friends What: Help guide children to different demos in museum When: Sat. April 3, 11am-2pm Where: CMOST Museum, directions provided Why: In exchange for the free Molecularium viewing Aspire Advance Achieve Sign ups: With new Outreach Director! Question for now: Andie Maret

8 Region F Conference at BU April 9 th -10 Boston University 28 RPI SWE members attending Anyone attending see me afterwards if you have any questions Contact: Andrea Nordberg, Aspire Advance Achieve

9 Outreach: Microsoft Digigirlz Day When: Tuesday April 13 th ~ 11:30 AM-1:15 PM Where: University of Albany Who: 2 SWE volunteers What: Lunch where you discuss Why/How you decided to be an engineer? Contact Andie Maret Aspire Advance Achieve

10 Celebrate RPI SWE What Active Member Celebration Award Ceremony Officer Transition Dinner Corporate Sponsor Recognition When: Sat. May 16 th 4pm – 6pm Contact Jenna Covill at to active status Aspire Advance Achieve

11 Defining Success by Sarah Laprade Check out her winning article in the SWE Magazine Spring 2010 IssueSWE Magazine Spring 2010 Issue

12 RPI SWE Professional Polo $20 for National Active RPI SWE Members $30 Non-discounted Price Aspire Advance Achieve

13 Capital IQ SWE T-Shirt Are you a National member? Have you received you free SWE T-shirt yet? Pick one up before you leave. Not a National SWE Member? Go to and sign up now.http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/

14 National Membership Standard Collegiate membership $20/year Eligibility for SWE Scholarships Access to the online SWE Career Center Access to the SWE Membership Database FREE Professional development Webinars Discounted Conference Registration Discounted Kaplan courses 20% off FE & PE $50 off GRE, GMAT, LSAT prep classes FREE SWE Magazine subscription You must be a paid National Member to claim SWE membership on your resume Contact: Jenna Covill,

15 Positions President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Corporate Relations Director Outreach Director Alumni Relations Director Membership Director Publicity Director Knowledge Source Director Communications Director Engineering Event Direct

16 President 1. Represent the section before the public and preside at meetings of the section and its executive council; 2. Appoint the chairs of all committees, with the approval of the executive council, except the chair of the nominating committee; 3. Approve the appointment of all committee members, except the members of the nominating committee; 4. Authorize the disbursement of section funds within the budget approved by the executive council; 5. Be an authorized signatory on all section accounts; 6. Coordinate activities and execute the business and policies of the section between meetings; 7. Coordinate the submittal of quarterly reports to the region representative; 8. Submit the section annual report to the Society in accordance with established procedures; 9. Review and approve the year-end section financial report; 10. Coordinate submittal of awards; 11. Coordinate section attendance to Society conferences; 12. Maintain contact with Rensselaer faculty and staff of programs related to the sections needs; and 13. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of president or as may be assigned by the executive council or the governance documents.

17 Andrea Nordberg PRESIDENT CANDIDATES

18 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I have been a member of RPI SWE for three years and held an officer position for two years. Being involved in SWE has been one of my most defining college experiences and thats what I hope to make it for every SWE member. Id like to see the organization continue to become better and better and to increase its presence on campus. I really believe in the cause of providing a supportive network and professional skills to promote women of all ages to pursue technical careers and undergraduate and graduate degrees in the STEM fields. I am proud to be a member of SWE. What qualifies you for the position? As the current RPI SWE Vice President I have been very involved in SWE this year, including running a few E-board meetings and one general body meeting. These experiences have shown me the elements necessary to run a successful meeting and how to prepare myself so that the meetings run well. My experience on the E-board has shown me the importance of working together and how succession training is necessary to the continuity of the organization. I look forward to working with a great group of women and ensuring that each of them are prepared and supported in their positions. It is also important to me to encourage members of the general body to have a greater involvement in the organization through committees and helping with events. I have attended two national SWE conferences and one regional conference (two as of the end of the year). I have experience in representing RPI SWE at these conferences and at various meetings with corporate sponsors and campus contacts. I am organized and punctual and I will be careful to prepare meeting agendas and PowerPoint's as well as submit the RCR reports on time. I feel prepared to take over this role and show RPI SWE for the best that it is. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? Vice President of RPI SWE Regional Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair 10 Secretary of RPI SWE I have been involving in the planning of many of RPI SWEs signature events including Breaking Barriers Women Unite, the Etiquette Dinner, Registration Roundtable, Post-Grad Panel, Regional Conference attendance, Off-campus living informational event. Other information : I am very excited about taking on this role in RPI SWE and I will devote a great deal of my time to making sure that we continue to excel. I want SWE events to be something that all members look forward to by offering exciting new opportunities for professional development, networking with corporate contacts or alumni and inspiring the next generation of engineers with outreach programs. Andrea Nordberg Major: BME Class Year: 2011

19 Vice President 1. Assume the duties of the president if the president is temporarily unable to serve; 2. Oversees scheduling of all section events and coordinates with other campus organizations; 3. Coordinates section attendance to region conferences; and 4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

20 Andie Maret Sara Sass VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES

21 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? In general, I am running to be an e-board officer because I have served on the e-board for the past year and a half and I have never seen a team like it. Everyone has such motivation to really cause change and hold standards high. I think it is a great environment to be in. I have learned so much not only from the professionals we interact with, but from my peers and their experiences. I am running for a position to be able to continuously give back to an organization that offers me so much. In particular I am choosing to run for Vice President because I enjoy being involved in SWE in whatever way I can, and especially helping when more man power is needed in certain situations. Sometimes as outreach director I was too busy with one project to offer any help to others or to carry a new idea through. I feel vice president has a broader definition and in that position I would be able to participate in many events always learning from one and applying it to another. I also really love regionals and would be excited to be on the front lines of this event! What qualifies you for the position? I feel I am qualified to be Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers because of my experience this past year as Outreach Director. I feel this role held a lot of responsibility to be able to organize and perform an event in manner that portrays a positive image of RPI SWE to the public. One has to think of all possibilities when planning and be prepared for whatever might come your way. As outreach director, I was the leader of the outreach committee, and through this experience I found the importance of teamwork and the opinions and ideas of others on the committee. We as SWE, would not have been able to say we accomplished Girl Scout Engineering Day without each and every participant. The sign holder in the parking lot is just as important as each activity leader. And even in my experience with the Junior First Lego League, when Courtney Moore approached me at the end of last year I was hesitant to say we could do it because I didnt feel we had the time, but it was really I didnt have the time. I have learned how to combat my micromanaging impulses and really to use the strengths of each team member. Already serving on the e-board has taught me people skills useful for scheduling and arranging events on campus. Most importantly I understand that sometimes, as much as RPI students love , it is not always the best method of communication. I am comfortable seeking out individuals in person or even calling them. Additionally, Vice President is responsible for collaborating with NSBE and SHPE to organize Breaking Barriers Women Unite. I have attended BBWU for the two years I have been in SWE and I feel I have a good grasp on its goals and purpose. Because I have attended more than once I have been able to see it grow and change and have given thought to how I would be able to continue the tradition and also add on to it the following year. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I joined SWE at the beginning of freshman year and came onto the e-board my second semester to fill in the position of Social/Networking/Alumni Coordinator. This year I am the Outreach Director. In addition to fulfilling my responsibilities on the e-board I attend events such as Breaking Barriers Women Unite, Home SWE Home, The Inside Scoop on Undergraduate Research, decorating the display case, The Fall Alumni Social and many more. Andie Maret Major: Chem. Eng. Class Year: 2012

22 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I am choosing to run for a SWE officer position as I believe I can bring value to RPI SWE in the positions I have chosen. This past year, I have dedicated my qualities to RPI SWE in both its executive board and its general body. I believe my commitment to RPI SWE and my motivation in its continued development and excellence will be an asset in the future. What qualifies you for the position? I believe I am qualified to run for vice president as I have worked closely with the current vice president, Andrea Nordberg, on Breaking Barriers: Women Unite. I was one of the two SWE representatives for the event and I was responsible for ensuring the event ran smoothly. I also created the website for the event and organized the décor. I have been responsible for the reservation of the projectors for our general body meetings and other events and I have also reserved rooms as a member of the Asian Awareness Week executive board. My organizational skills have come to light as a result of my treasury position on the RPI SWE executive board of Also, due to my treasury position and budget creation, I have a keen knowledge of the extent and expanse of each SWE event. I have volunteered at multiple SWE events since my involvement in SWE freshman year, and I am organizing one, the SWE Etiquette Dinner of this year. I believe I can be a good SWE vice president because I am committed to SWE. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I have been involved on the SWE executive board as SWE treasurer I am on the regional planning committee I was on the Breaking Barriers: Women Unite committee for this year and for last year I was a volunteer at 2010 Quizbowl, 2010 and 2009 Exploring Engineering Day, SWE Welcome Back Barbecue I was a panelist for the Inside Scoop on Undergraduate Research 2009 I have been involved/have attended the holiday socials of 2009 and 2010, Celebrate RPI SWE 2009, the general body meetings of 2010 Other information: I love RPI SWE. Sara Sass Major: BME Class Year: 2012

23 Treasurer 1.Responsible for the collection, distribution, and safekeeping of section funds; 2.Prepare, maintain, and report as directed on the financial position of the section in relation to the approved budget; 3. Prepare and file taxes on behalf of the section if necessary; 4.Submit a financial report to the Society in accordance with established procedures; 5. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of treasurer or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

24 Cary Kaczowka Morgan Weest TREASURER CANDIDATES

25 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I have had a great experience as a freshman representative on the E-Board and I would really enjoy continuing to contribute to RPI SWE. There are many potential events that I would love to create with the rest of the E-Board, and as always I want to help to continuously improve our chapter and its reputation. What qualifies you for the position? Our treasurer needs to be very organized and level headed, especially considering the amount of funds that RPI SWE maintains and collects from sponsors and awards. I am very competent in Excel, the format the treasurer uses to report, track, and evaluate our funds. I am also easy to contact and I can ensure that documents I maintain are current. Maintaining a current budget allows RPI SWE to really know what we have to work with in order to make every event the best it can be. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? This past year I was a freshman representative for SWE. I assisted with many events and also had the opportunity to coordinate the Home SWE Home off-campus housing event. I am also on the Outreach Committee, and volunteered at Girl Scout Engineering Day and Exploring Engineering Day. Other information: In addition to heavy involvement with SWE, I have continued to participate on the club volleyball team here at RPI and maintain my grades. I am confident that I would be a board member that SWE can be proud of. Cary Kaczowka Major: Mech. Eng. & Product Design and Innovation Class Year: 2013

26 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I was on the E-board this past year and enjoyed it very much. I learned a lot about myself, the other members of SWE and the SWE organization. I feel that being a part of the E-board is a great opportunity for me to be able to grow and is a way that I can contribute my ideas and talents to RPI SWE. What qualifies you for the position? I am organized, and good at keeping track of money. As the president for Independent Council I have already written a budget for a union funded club and know the process of handling union funds. I have run several events and managed payment for the items needed for the events. I have served on the E-board this past year and understand the commitment and responsibilities required of this position. Being an E-board member has also given me insight into what needs to be budgeted for SWE events. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I have been on the E-board. I have attended many of the SWE events held by other SWE E-board members. I volunteered as a group chaperone for the Explore Engineering Day. Morgan Weest Major: Aero / MechE Class Year: 2011

27 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I have enjoyed participating in SWE events and would like to give back to SWE by becoming an officer and help promote through the website and make sure members can find out information for events. What qualifies you for the position? I am very good with finances (dual major with economics) and extremely organized. I believe I can do a good job managing and allocating the funds. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? Attended the Breaking Barriers Women Unite Will be attending the Regional Conference! Other information: Im really good with money! Vicki Wu Aero Eng./Economics Class Year: Senior

28 Secretary 1. Maintain the records of the section; 2. Maintain the goals of the section and ensure that they are being pursued; and 3. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of secretary or as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

29 Cary Kaczowka SECRETARY CANDIDATE

30 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I have had a great experience as a freshman representative on the E- Board and I would really enjoy continuing to contribute to RPI SWE. There are many potential events that I would love to create with the rest of the E-Board, and as always I want to help to continuously improve our chapter and its reputation. What qualifies you for the position(s)? Please be specific in regards to descriptions and officer duties listed in bylaws. As a freshman representative, I have had the opportunity to take the E- Board minutes during multiple Sunday meetings when our secretary was unavailable. This gave me experience and confidence in my potential to perform the secretarys duties to the fullest. I am also quite organized and familiar with the activity reports that the secretary will have to collect and maintain. I also look forward to the possibility of working on the expanded responsibilities of the secretary by maintaining information on our traditions and achievements. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? This past year I was a freshman representative for SWE. I assisted with many events and also had the opportunity to coordinate the Home SWE Home off-campus housing event. I am also on the Outreach Committee, and volunteered at Girl Scout Engineering Day and Exploring Engineering Day. Other information: In addition to heavy involvement with SWE, I have continued to participate on the club volleyball team here at RPI and maintain my grades. I am confident that I would be a board member that SWE can be proud of. Cary Kaczowka Major: Mech. Eng. & Product Design and Innovation Class Year: 2013

31 Corporate Relations Director 1. Coordinate all professional events, workshops and speakers; 2. Be a liaison with corporate supporters of the section; 3. Responsible for acquiring relationships with corporate supporters of the section; 4.Prepare corporate sponsorship requests; 5. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

32 Andie Maret Sara Sass Gwen Reynolds Corporate Relations Director CANDIDATES

33 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? In general, I am running to be an e-board officer because I have served on the e-board for the past year and a half and I have never seen a team like it. Everyone has such motivation to really cause change and hold standards high. I think it is a great environment to be in. I have learned so much not only from the professionals we interact with, but from my peers and their experiences. I am running for a position to be able to continuously give back to an organization that offers me so much. I am running for Corporate Relations because I believe there are many ways that we can be involved with professionals that we have not tapped into yet such as doing outreach programs with professionals in the field. In this way, we would be closer to more resources and possibly more expensive technology to teach and show children to get them even more exciting about engineering. As just RPI SWE we cannot always afford this or do not have access to, but we have the man power and motivation to organize. I also enjoy working with professionals and highly value networking. What qualifies you for the position? I feel I am qualified to be Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers because of my experience this past year as Outreach Director. I feel this role held a lot of responsibility to be able to organize and perform an event in manner that portrays a positive image of RPI SWE to the public. One has to think of all possibilities when planning and be prepared for whatever might come your way. As outreach director, I was the leader of the outreach committee, and through this experience I found the importance of teamwork and the opinions and ideas of others on the committee. We as SWE, would not have been able to say we accomplished Girl Scout Engineering Day without each and every participant. The sign holder in the parking lot is just as important as each activity leader. And even in my experience with the Junior First Lego League, when Courtney Moore approached me at the end of last year I was hesitant to say we could do it because I didnt feel we had the time, but it was really I didnt have the time. I have learned how to combat my micromanaging impulses and really to use the strengths of each team member. Already serving on the e-board has taught me people skills useful for scheduling and arranging events on campus. Most importantly I understand that sometimes, as much as RPI students love , it is not always the best method of communication. I am comfortable seeking out individuals in person or even calling them. I am qualified for Corporate Relations because I can communicate effectively and see tasks through. As outreach director I coordinated frequently with Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, meeting with the program developer in the Fall to plan ways SWE can offer volunteers and also, seeking resources for how we can advertise our pre-existing events (like Girl Scout Engineering Day). I believe I upheld a positive image of RPI SWE through my presentations in both Girl Scout Engineering Day and Exploring Engineering Day and would like to continue this on the corporate relations side. I understand the value of networking and seizing any opportunity that is given to you. This past summer at my internship I had to not only communicate and seek out professionals in my immediate facility, but I also had to reach out to other distributors to test their products. At the end of my summer I even presented my findings to the distributor. As corporate coordinator I feel I would be able to uphold a highly professional image of RPI SWE and find new ways to use my position to advance SWE. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I joined SWE at the beginning of freshman year and came onto the e-board my second semester to fill in the position of Social/Networking/Alumni Coordinator. This year I am the Outreach Director. In addition to fulfilling my responsibilities on the e-board I attend events such as Breaking Barriers Women Unite, Home SWE Home, The Inside Scoop on Undergraduate Research, decorating the display case, The Fall Alumni Social and many more. Andie Maret Major: Chem. Eng. Class Year: 2012

34 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I am choosing to run for a SWE officer position as I believe I can bring value to RPI SWE in the positions I have chosen. This past year, I have dedicated my qualities to RPI SWE in both its executive board and its general body. I believe my commitment to RPI SWE and my motivation in its continued development and excellence will be an asset in the future. What qualifies you for the position? I believe I can be a good corporate coordinator as, through my financial background with SWE, I am familiar with the corporate donors of our organization. I am familiar with the way companies deposit money, as well as their contacts in the Rensselaer community they use to interact this way. My organizational skills with money and my dedication to the SWE budget and its handling will be assets in the corporate coordinator position. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I have been involved on the SWE executive board as SWE treasurer I am on the regional planning committee I was on the Breaking Barriers: Women Unite committee for this year and for last year I was a volunteer at 2010 Quizbowl, 2010 and 2009 Exploring Engineering Day, SWE Welcome Back Barbecue I was a panelist for the Inside Scoop on Undergraduate Research 2009 I have been involved/have attended the holiday socials of 2009 and 2010, Celebrate RPI SWE 2009, the general body meetings of 2010 Other information: I love RPI SWE. Sara Sass Major: BME Class Year: 2012

35 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? My unrestrained drive and social energy will benefit RPIs SWE to continue our involvement with any technological or engineering related company. I would like to insure that all corporations which any of our members holds even a small spark of interest in, is contacted and associated with RPI SWE. At the same time, I would like to reach out to engineering and technology related corporations which may not be as common or popular, to ensure RPI SWEs exposure and verify a solid flow of information to our members. What qualifies you for the position? To exhibit my experience and comfort level with professional matters: While serving on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, I qualified Reactor Operator, Reactor Technician, and Watch Supervisor, achieving such an expert status, that every nuclear-trained operator on the ship was required to pass a written test, and a two hour long oral examination, each created and administered solely by myself. Before that, I was the supervisor for #2 reactor plant, aboard the same ship. This job included organizing, supervising, and scheduling over 300 Reactor I&C maintenance items, to include the reactor vessel itself. At the same time, I became the liaison between Norfolk Naval Shipyard Engineers, and the Roosevelts Reactor Controls Department regarding the aforementioned maintenance items. To exhibit my experience and repose for planning events: I have held the position of assistant manager of a nationally franchised restaurant for just over a year. I have also served in restaurants for a total of 5 years, in establishments ranging from a locally owned Mexican restaurant, to fine dining, to include the banquet hall at Saratoga National Golf Course. On a personal note, I adore dining and the restaurant business, and hope to open my own restaurant, when I retire. To exhibit my interest in academias extra-curricular activities: While at the University of Florida, I served as the American Nuclear Societys Representative to the Benton Engineering Council (the student legislative body for UFs College of Engineering), for two years. At this time I served on the finance committee of the Council, to include a year as Assistant Treasurer. Other information: This is my first year at RPI, and therefore my first year with RPI SWE. I am on the Regional Planning Conference Committee, and attending this years Regional Conference in Boston. Gwen Reynolds Major: Nuclear Eng. Class Year: 2011

36 Outreach Director 1. Maintain communication with local educational outreach activities the section participates in; 2. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned; and 3. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

37 Lesley Wu Maureen Newman OUTREACH DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

38 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I have become much more active in SWE this year I think my talents could be put to good use as an officer I am dedicated and methodical, which can be seen with the outreach events that I ran this semester. I also really enjoy teaching kids engineering concepts and seeing how enthusiastic they are. And after serving on the Outreach Committee, I have had such a positive experience that I want to have more input in planning the events. What qualifies you for the position? This past semester I was leader of the Liquid Nitrogen event for GS Engineering day and I modified the event with extremely positive results. I was the upperclassman responsible for the How Fast Are You? event for EED but was unable to attend. I planned the event and prepared my group members to run the event without me. I have experience working with children as well as teenagers in a setting very similar to the outreach events. I was involved with a summer engineering camp called Design camp for five years and taught as an intern for three of those five years. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I was an EED session leader, on the Quizbowl Committee, a GS Engineering Day event leader, and a member of the Outreach Committee. In terms of non-outreach activities, I have been assisting the e-board with whatever needs to be done, like grilling at the Welcome BBQ and going to purchase supplies for EED/GS Engineering Day. I am also one of the most active members of RPI SWE and attend/assist almost every event that is held. Other information: I am the Vice President of the Rifle Club and a member of the Racquetball Club. I also have a patent-in-progress stemming from my IED group project from last year. Lesley Wu Major: BME Class Year: 2011

39 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? In general, I am interested in helping to plan activities for the members of SWE to see more involvement and to benefit all members. Specifically, I am running for Outreach Coordinator because I am excited about involving younger females in engineering activities. As a junior in high school, I attended a SWE overnight event at another college and appreciated the help and guidance put forth from the volunteers. Their attitude made me want to do the same for girls like me who are considering a math- or science-oriented field. I would be able to accomplish this as Outreach Coordinator. What qualifies you for the position? I am a leader and a planner with a strong work ethic. I held multiple club president positions in high school and was very involved in my role. I will be able to take on the responsibility of coordinating the required outreach events and would like to see more outreach events held by SWE. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I have attended several SWE events, including Registration Roundtable, Bowling Night, and the College Bowl. Additionally, I am part of the Outreach Committee and am secretary of the Regional Conference Planning Committee. I was also a session leader for Exploring Engineering Day. Other information: I consider myself to be an effortless leader. When I lead a group, I do not concentrate on ordering people to complete tasks; rather, I work alongside everyone to ensure a project is going smoothly and meets the standards of a group as a whole. With that in consideration, please give me the opportunity to collaborate with the Society of Women Engineers so that we can all have another productive year. Maureen Newman Major: BME Class Year: 2013

40 Publicity Director 1. Responsible for advertisement of section activities; 2. Responsible for correspondence with general body; 3. Represent and promote the section at university activity fairs; and 4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

41 Christine Falce Erin Hansen PUBLICITY DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

42 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I would like to be more involved in this wonderful organization. I am already an active and dedicated member of SWE, but I am always looking for ways to do more. What qualifies you for the position? Organized Creative Artistic Responsible What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I have been a very active member of SWE. Last year as a freshman I took part in the Girl Scout engineering day, Exploring Engineering Day, and was part of the Outreach Committee. This year I was a session leader for girl scout engineering day, I was a part of the college bowl SWE team, and I was a volunteer for EED. Other information: I won the most active freshman award last year. I LOVE earning SWE points! Christine Falce Major: BME Class Year: 2012

43 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? As a Freshman Representative for RPI SWE for the academic year, I have been exposed to numerous opportunities that are presented to SWE officers. I have been able to influence children into engineering fields, presented research opportunities to the general body, and have learned leadership and personal skills through a unique leadership series. I have been affected and have affected others through a position as a SWE officer, and I wish to continue to do so as Publicity Director. What qualifies you for the position? I have represented the Class of 2013 as the Freshman Representative and therefore have been exposed to the inner workings of the RPI SWE Executive Board. I have experience with HTML and graphic design, and I have designed several advertisements that have been presented to the general campus, including advertisements for The Inside Scoop, Holiday Social, and Quizbowl. I have also had experience advertising to residents as a member of the Residence Hall Association – as a hall chair it is part of my duty to advertise events to the general public. As general qualifications, I am highly organized and I have great communication skills, especially through electronic mediums. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? Freshman Representative Volunteer Coordinator, EED Logistics Committee, RCPC 2011 Bid Other information: I am looking forward to seeing RPI SWE grow as a collegiate section. We won outstanding awards for the last academic year, and I hope to be a part of leading RPI SWE in its growth and recognition as an amazing section. Erin Hansen Major: Physics Class Year: 2013

44 Membership Director 1. Responsible for membership recruitment and retention activities of the section; 2. Facilitate the transition of collegiate membership to professional membership; 3. Maintain records of active and national membership status; and 4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

45 Christine Falce Jessica Wong Emily Landis MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

46 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I would like to be more involved in this wonderful organization. I am already an active and dedicated member of SWE, but I am always looking for ways to do more. What qualifies you for the position? Organized Creative Artistic Responsible What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I have been a very active member of SWE. Last year as a freshman I took part in the Girl Scout engineering day, Exploring Engineering Day, and was part of the Outreach Committee. This year I was a session leader for girl scout engineering day, I was a part of the college bowl SWE team, and I was a volunteer for EED. Other information: I won the most active freshman award last year. I LOVE earning SWE points! Christine Falce Major: BME Class Year: 2012

47 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I would like to become more involved with SWE and am enthusiastic about other women joining SWE. What qualifies you for the position? I believe that I am a good choice for the Membership Director position because I have experience in recruitment as the co-chair of Recruitment in the Red & White organization and in my sorority. These two organization also gave me valuable event coordination experience which will help me plan and hold successful events and I am also very organized and can maintain records of the RPI SWE members list. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? General body meetings SWE regional conference Ice cream social SWE Kick-off BBQ Registration roundtable, etc… Other information: I am currently on Co-op and learning a lot not only about Industrial Engineering, my major, but also corporate culture and what college is ultimately preparing all of us for. I would love to share these experiences with prospective members to introduce them to what joining SWE can help them accomplish. I am also excited to host events where current members can become more involved and network within RPIs chapter. Jessica Wong Major: IME Class Year: 2012

48 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? SWE offers a great opportunity for developing the skills and opportunities that will be beneficial later on in the professional world. I am applying for this position so that I can take advantage of all of these opportunities, while at the same time contributing to the successful running of our chapter. I have found being involved in SWE to be a rewording experience and I would really like to become more involved with in inner workings of the organization. What qualifies you for the position? The position of Membership Director requires organization and reliability, which are qualities that I think that I possess. I held a position with another organization on campus, which required similar skills. I was the coordinator for the Rensselaer Christian Association for a year. The position required me to keep track of the information of everyone involved in the group as well as all of the information that needed to be sent out every week. I believe that this prior position has fully prepared me to take on the responsibility of Membership Director. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I am currently involved with the Regional Conference Planning Committee. Emily Landis Major: Mech. Eng. Class Year: 2011

49 Knowledge Source Director 1. Responsible for providing RPI SWE general body with opportunities for changing the professional climate to enable women in engineering and technology to excel; 2. Responsible for promoting programs which bridge the gaps in recruitment, professional development, and retention of women in engineering; 3. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

50 Courtney Dunham Knowledge Source Director CANDIDATE

51 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I want to continue my involvement with SWE on the Executive Board. This past year I have attempted to branch out and be more involved with SWE beyond my duties as the current Webmaster/Historian. I want to grow as a person and help to ensure the future of SWE for years to come. As Knowledge Source Director I could ensure that students in SWE have greater industry knowledge and a better-rounded view of engineering and professional development. What qualifies you for the position? As SWE Quizbowl event chair I learned how to run an event successfully and increase participation from the event the previous year. This experience and knowledge will help me as the Knowledge Source Director because I would be in charge of numerous events throughout the year that would bridge the gap between recruitment and retention of women in engineering. SWE Quizbowl is held during Engineers Week and is campus-wide which allows the participants to learn about RPI and National SWE. I have attended Registration Roundtable the past 2 years so I know how it is set up and what to expect for that event. I want to increase the industry presence SWE has and help SWE become a top-notch organization. By increasing the plant tours and programs that enable women in engineering and technology to excel, RPI SWE could be a gold level collegiate section consistently, which is my goal. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? In 2009 I was on the SWE Quizbowl Committee and this year I led the SWE Quizbowl. I also was in charge of organizing Working a Career Fair by Boeings Mark Lyden. I was also on the committee for Breaking Barriers Women Unite. I attended SWE National Conference this past October and will be attending Regional Conference this April. I am the current Webmaster/Historian for SWE and helped SWE to win 2nd place Collegiate Website at SWE National Conference in California this past October. Other information: In high school I was Vice President and Business Manager of my Robotics team. I continued to be in a leadership position in my IED class where we mentored a local Robotics team where I was Propulsion Team Leader. I know how to talk to corporate businessmen and promote any organization I am a part of. With every task I am responsible for I give 100%. As Current Webmaster I learned in a few weeks how to use and revamp a website and won the 2nd place Collegiate Website Award. As SWE Quizbowl event chair I increased participation from the previous year by 10%. The information session with Mark Lyden proved to be a success with only one seat left available that night. These 3 instances show that I give it my all no matter task I have before me and I will continue this if I am elected to either position on the Executive Board. Courtney Dunham Major: Mech. Eng. Class Year: 2011

52 Engineering Event Director 1. Organize and coordinate a large scale engineering community event currently known as Exploring Engineering Day; 2. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents

53 Eleana Manousiouthakis Engineering Event Director CANDIDATE

54 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I want to run for a SWE officer position because I want to be part of making the society that creates events and opportunities for women and girls who are pursuing engineering or interested in the sciences. What qualifies you for the position? I am part of the Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program and have coordinated social events for the program as well as assisting with the Design Your Future Day program. I was a Girl Scout through high school and used to plan events for younger girl scouts. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? I volunteered for EED this term, I was part of the Girl Scout Balloon Car Challenge I am part of the Regional Conference Planning Committee Other information: I have an undergraduate research program position within Dr. Cynthia Collinss Lab. I also work at EMPAC. I am organized and a good collaborator. Eleana Manousiouthakis Major: BME Class Year: 2011

55 Communications Director 1. Maintain electronic communications media; 2. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

56 Courtney Dunham Viki Wu Communications Director CANDIDATES

57 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I want to continue my involvement with SWE on the Executive Board. This past year I have attempted to branch out and be more involved with SWE beyond my duties as the current Webmaster/Historian. I want to grow as a person and help to ensure the future of SWE for years to come. I want to bring back first place at SWE Nationals for Collegiate Website if elected Communications Director. What qualifies you for the position? As the current Webmaster/Historian I have proven that I am capable of updating the website and keeping the SWE general body members informed about SWE events. I want to continue as the Communications Director in hopes of winning 1 st place Collegiate Website, improving from 2 nd place at SWE Nationals this past October. I have more ideas I want to implement especially making it more content oriented for future Communication Directors. What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? In 2009 I was on the SWE Quizbowl Committee and this year I led the SWE Quizbowl. I also was in charge of organizing Working a Career Fair by Boeings Mark Lyden. I was also on the committee for Breaking Barriers Women Unite. I attended SWE National Conference this past October and will be attending Regional Conference this April. I am the current Webmaster/Historian for SWE and helped SWE to win 2nd place Collegiate Website at SWE National Conference in California this past October. Other information: In high school I was Vice President and Business Manager of my Robotics team. I continued to be in a leadership position in my IED class where we mentored a local Robotics team where I was Propulsion Team Leader. I know how to talk to corporate businessmen and promote any organization I am a part of. With every task I am responsible for I give 100%. As Current Webmaster I learned in a few weeks how to use and revamp a website and won the 2nd place Collegiate Website Award. As SWE Quizbowl event chair I increased participation from the previous year by 10%. The information session with Mark Lyden proved to be a success with only one seat left available that night. These 3 instances show that I give it my all no matter task I have before me and I will continue this if I am elected to either position on the Executive Board. Courtney Dunham Major: Mech. Eng. Class Year: 2011

58 Why are you choosing to run for a SWE officer position? I have enjoyed participating in SWE events and would like to give back to SWE by becoming an officer and help promote through the website and make sure members can find out information for events. What qualifies you for the position? I am great with communications related things, like s, websites, keeping you guys up to date on whats going on! What activities and/or committees have you been involved in with SWE? Attended the Breaking Barriers Women Unite, Will be attending the Regional Conference! Vicki Wu Aero Eng./Economics Class Year: Senior

59 Alumni Relations Director 1. Responsible for planning internal networking events ; 2. Maintain alumni database and alumni events; 3. Prepare and distribute an alumni newsletter; and 4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents.

60 Alumni Relations Director CANDIDATE

61 From Bylaws: The alumni director shall: 1. Responsible for planning internal networking events; 2. Maintain alumni database and alumni events; 3. Prepare and distribute an alumni newsletter; and 4. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the president, the executive council, or the governance documents. From the Officer Application: Alumni Relations Director Perform All duties as outlined by RPI SWE bylaws Hosts a minimum of 3 social networking events Holiday Social Ice cream Social Monday Night Bowling Racquetball Event Hosts a minimum of 2 professional networking events SWE Alumni lunch and trivia Albany Professional Section Event Maintain RPI SWE alumni contact information database Prepare and distribute alumni newsletter This could be you Open Position

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