Society of Women Engineers - Region E Conference

Collegiate Track Workshops

The Path to Graduate School

This workshop will focus on the process of applying to graduate school. There will be a short discussion at the beginning of the workshop on things to consider when you are making the decision to apply to graduate school and how to search for programs that fit your needs and interests. The majority of the workshop, however, will focus on how to put together the best application possible. The session is designed to be very interactive – lots of questions from the audience and a conversation of the dos and do nots for writing a statement of purpose, requesting letters or recommendation, etc. Attendees will come out of the session with a more concrete idea of whether or not graduate school is a good choice for them as well as strategies for putting together a solid application.

Margaret Cude is the Graduate Recruitment Coordinator for Binghamton University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. While pursuing a Master’s in Public Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research at Ball State University (Muncie, IN), Margaret served as the Recruiting Campaign Manager and Graduate Student Orientation Manager for the Graduate School. Originally from western Kentucky, Margaret’s passion for graduate recruitment and graduate student success led her to Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY) in 2015. She represents the Watson School at various graduate school fairs, forums, conferences, and meetings across the U.S. and internationally.

Women In Engineering

So you are about to finish up college, but are unsure what type of career your degree can lead you to? The Women in Engineering session presented by the Leadership Coaching Committee will allow collegians to learn what possible different paths a STEM degree can provide at various stages in their careers. Panelists will talk about their careers in the engineering field and questions from the audience will be encouraged for a lively discussion.

Claire Dvorak joined SWE as a collegiate while attending Alfred University, and has been a Leadership Coach since 2013, where she was able to aid the Region E collegiate sections with the creation of the pilot and the planning of SWEet summits starting in FY15. She completed both her B.S. (2013) and M.S. (2015) in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University. On the collegiate level she has held leadership roles such as Section Treasurer and Section President. She is currently active in the Baltimore-Washington section as a Section Representative, and  working as a Materials Process Engineer at Northrop Grumman in the Professional Development Program.

SWE Collegiate Leadership Panel

Aspiring leader of your collegiate chapter? Want innovative ideas to grow your membership? Join our panel session with leaders from the Drexel and Temple Collegiate SWE chapters who all have at least 2 years of SWE leadership experience. The panelists will be discussing lessons they have learned through their time in SWE and other topics. Some additional topics we will be covering is how to expand your chapter, how to advocate with the male engineers at your school and how to transfer your leadership skills into industry after graduating.

Danielle Schroeder is the current president of the Society of Women Engineers at Drexel University, where she has created many new initiatives throughout time with Drexel SWE. She has increased membership of the Drexel SWE chapter by over 50% through her social media initiatives and refined freshman retention program. She is a Civil Engineering Major pursuing an Accelerated B.S./M.S. Degree. Under her leadership, Drexel SWE has won Outstanding Collegiate Section 1st place at Region E Conference. At Society Level Conference WE16, Danielle also was awarded the honor of Outstanding Collegiate Member. Beyond school, Danielle enjoys baking, playing tennis, and watching football.

Catherine Martsolf is the President of Society of Women Engineers at Temple University, where she has initiated the Temple HeForSWE Ambassador program and continued success of the section since it’s revitalization three years ago.  An environmental engineering major and Finance Chair for Temple Student Professional Engineering Council (SPEC), Catherine also tries to bring co-ops and research opportunities to section members.  Achievements she contributed to her section include corporate partnerships, collaborations with other Temple University engineering student organizations, and K-12  outreach efforts.

Lexi Kapusta is currently the Vice President of Drexel’s SWE chapter but has held a few different positions in SWE during her years. Lexi is a Civil Engineering, BS/MS student who is now also an officer for Drexel’s Ski and  Snowboard club and has been Philanthropy chair for her sorority. Lexi has implemented new, social, and professional events for SWE such as Wellness Wednesdays, construction site tours, Finals SWEek Massages, trivia against other engineering organizations, dog shelter volunteering, and private exercise classes. Lexi is devoted to the Drexel SWE Chapter while also staying fit, and remembering to make time for herself.

Maissoun Ksara is the current Public Relations Director of Drexel SWE’s chapter where she manages the Drexel SWE website, quarterly newsletters, social media accounts, and publication efforts within and out of campus. A past SWEFL, she is also involved with Region E as the Region Collegiate Communications Editor and has been the Media & Publications lead for both the 2015 and 2017 Regional Conference. She is pursuing a B.S/M.S in Civil Engineering at Drexel. She is the current Events Coordinator for the Drexel chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers where she helped organize volunteering events with Habitat for Humanity.

Ladan Abbasi is currently Membership Chair of Society of Women Engineers at Temple University where she works to increase and encourage membership retention. As director of Temple SWE’s Mentorship Program between upperclassmen and underclassmen, Ladan builds connections between students of all backgrounds, and supports her peers in their pursuit of both personal and professional development. She has renovated the chapter’s existing social media to include an open space for continuous conversation between members of similar concentrations. Pursuing a B.S in Civil Engineering, Ladan recently installed fire alarms in homes in need as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Life After Graduation

Life After Graduation is intended for undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to enter the workforce. The transition from full time student to full time professional is exciting, but can be overwhelming. Drawing from personal experience, Stephanie will review lessons learned and cover topics such as maintaining a work-life balance, working on experienced teams and building your personal network. The presentation will discuss best practices for young professionals to distinguish themselves as leaders.

Stephanie Winter joined SWE as a collegiate at the University of Maryland, College Park. Throughout college she was an active member of SWE and served on the executive board as Director of Membership. She graduated in Spring 2015 with her B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She currently is in the Baltimore-Washington Professional Section of Region E and works at Northrop Grumman as a Radar Integration and Test Engineer.

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