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Dallas SWE is excited to award $1,000 scholarships to each of five extraordinary high school seniors from the Dallas area – Heather Erickson, Bihan Jiang, Mary Mulcahy, Irene Villa and Nicole Wojtania. Applicants were evaluated based on need, academics, community involvement, and their plans to become engineers.  Thanks to the Dallas SWE Scholarship Committee for taking the time to review a record number of applications! Congratulations to this year’s recipients: we wish you all the best!

Heather Erickson – Byron Nelson High School

Heather Erickson will graduate as the Valedictorian from Byron Nelson High School where she has also been designated as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Commended National Merit Scholar. Heather will attend Brigham Young University in the fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  Heather has participated in multiple sports and was identified as Academic All District and All State Division 6A for Varsity Basketball. She is currently co-president of the Solar Car Team which won the 2016 National Championship race. As co-founder of a tutoring program for students that are required to retake the state administered STAAR examination, Heather is helping these students be successful. Heather is very active in the Young Women’s Organization and has impacted many through her over 400 hours of community service. Heather is hoping to develop practical, economical, eco-friendly vehicles powered by alternative energy sources.

Bihan Jiang – Texas Academy of Math and Science

Bihan Jiang graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at the University of North Texas, a unique two-year program where high school students complete a rigorous academic curriculum of college coursework. Bihan will attend Stanford University in the fall where she plans to study chemical engineering. Along with being a 2016 Siemens Regional Semifinalist, Chinese Institute of Engineering Youth Achiever Award Recipient, and a Miles Foundation Discovery Opportunity Awardee, Bihan has also co-authored six research publications on chemistry and engineering topics. Outside of the lab, Bihan participated in Taekwondo, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, Rotary Interact Club, and Forward Tutoring. She has also mentored middle school students in research and volunteered at local pet shelters and nursing homes. Bihan is hoping to research methods to make pharmaceuticals safer and more effective for patients.

Mary Mulcahy – Highland Park High School

Mary Mulcahy will graduate from Highland Park High School where she has been designated as an AP Scholar with distinction. Mary will attend Georgia Tech in the fall, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and participating in their Honors program. Mary’s honors and recognitions include the Presidential Service Award, National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society, and National Math and Social Studies Honor Societies. Mary has participated on the Varsity softball team as well as volunteered at the Perot Science Museum and as a tutor. She is most proud of earning her Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing and teaching a Biology/Chemistry Summer camp for over 60 under-privileged kids in West Dallas. Mary hopes to be a biomedical researcher and develop technologies to help active duty soldiers, first responders, and veterans.


Irene Villa – Lassiter Early High School

Irene Villa will graduate from the Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro College, a unique program where high school students complete a college and high school coursework at the same time. Irene will attend The University of North Texas in the fall where she plans to study computer engineering. Irene is the President of the Ambassador Student Leader Organization for Lassiter and through this organization has completed over 400 hours of community service. Irene’s honors and recognitions include A Honor Roll, National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has also been a participant in the Academic Decathlon. Irene’s interest in engineering grew during her physics class. As a result of the class, Irene explored engineering and science majors and participated in an internship at an engineering firm which solidified her desire to pursue a computer engineering degree.

Nicole Wojtania – Plano West Senior High School

Nicole Wojtania will graduate from Plano West Senior High School where she has been designated as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Nicole will attend Harvard College where she will major in Biomedical Engineering. Nicole is a 3 time Intel International Science & Engineering Fair finalist and a 2 time Grand Award winner. She was also a Grand Prize winner at the Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair and the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair. Among Nicole’s honors and recognitions are National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society, and National French Honor Society. Nicole is also an accomplished Rhythmic Gymnast who was the Texas State Champion in 2016 and a past member of the USA National Team.  Pursuing engineering satisfies Nicole’s yearning to explore multidisciplinary fields. She is excited to leverage the engineering problem-solving mindset to improve society, advance well-being and enhance the human condition.


Dallas SWE is excited to award the Annie Colaço Collegiate Leader Scholarship to one outstanding SWE collegiate leader from the Dallas area – Erica Doty. Congratulations, we wish you all the best in your continued success!

Erica Doty – University of North Texas
Erica is a senior at the University of North Texas (UNT) and expects to graduate in December 2017 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Erica was the Vice President of Networking for the UNT SWE Section last year. She is recognized for creating events and activities enabling SWE members to network among members, faculty and corporate partners and to grow individual leadership skills. 


Join Dallas SWE as we celebrate another great year at our 2017 Membership Appreciation event!

Please join us at WhirlyBall in Plano for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition! This event is for Dallas SWE to thank YOU, our loyal members, for your part in our accomplishments over the last fiscal year and to look ahead at what’s coming up in FY18. You are welcome to bring your family as well.  We hope you can join us!

What is WhirlyBall? It is a competitive mix of lacrosse and basketball played in bumpercars. You can find more information here: http://www.whirlyballplano.com/
Note: Whirlyball participants must be at least 9 years old and 4 feet tall.

When: Saturday, June 10th, 12:00-3:00pm
Where: 3115 Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75023
Cost: This event is free for Dallas SWE members and $15 for Non-Members and Guests. Food and drinks will be provided.

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Are you with SWE? Show it by renewing your membership for FY18!

We’re in the early bird membership renewal time frame, so between now and June 30, 2017 you can get a $5 discount on your FY18 annual membership by visiting the www.swe.org Membership Portal and using offer code EBIRD! In addition to the discount, Dallas SWE members renewing before June 30 will also be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card!

SWE members enjoy free access to a wealth of resources including their online Career Center, quarterly issues of the award-winning SWE Magazine, the largest international network of women engineers who share your passion for diversity in engineering (your potential mentors!), affinity groups, discounts on conference registrations, and an extensive library of recorded webinars in SWE’s Advance Learning Center on professional development, career enhancement, leadership skills, and industry/academia-specific topics.

In addition to those benefits, local Dallas SWE members enjoy free local professional development meetings, members-only event opportunities throughout the year. and opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills through volunteer service on our executive council team. All of this is included in your professional membership for an affordable $100 per year, a great value compared to other professional organizations. Of course the cost is only $95 if you renew by June 30 with the discount code above! A portion of your membership dues comes back to Dallas SWE to support our monthly professional development meetings, K-12 outreach events, and other programming in support of local women engineers throughout the year. Make sure that you’re affiliated with Dallas SWE during your renewal!

We greatly appreciate your loyal and continued support! Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions about membership.


Here’s another opportunity for you to get involved in a local STEM outreach activity! The WNBA Dallas Wings are hosting a STEM Day on May 30th, where they’ll showcase local school district STEM projects and have interactive stations hosted by STEM companies. If you are interested in being a guest speaker at this event, please contact Caleb Veteto at cveteto@dallaswings.com.



We’ve been invited to participate in this special program hosted by Google in June. Check out the event details below and submit your application by Friday, May 19th!

Google’s software engineers develop next-generation technologies that change how millions interact, making the world’s information accessible and useful. At Google, engineers not only revolutionize search, they routinely work on massive scalability and storage solutions, large-scale applications and entirely new platforms for developers around the world. From AdWords to Chrome, Android to YouTube, Social to Local, Google engineers are changing the world one technological achievement after another.

Ever wondered what being a Google engineer is really like? We hope that you will join us for Google Sandbox, an evening series of tech talks and intimate sessions with Google engineers as we bring the series to Dallas on the evening of Wednesday, June 7th. The Dallas event will deep dive into the tools and infrastructure side of Google, where engineers work to build software that empowers teams to develop and deliver high quality apps, products, and services.

To learn more about this program, please visit the event site.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 19th and applicants will be notified of their application status on or before Monday, May 22nd.  If you have any questions, please contact the event team at google-events-team@google.com with the subject line “Google Sandbox Dallas.”


Greetings, SWEsters! We’ve been invited to an exciting new conference coming to Dallas October 6-8, 2017. #NoMeanGirls captures the belief that women should help each other instead of bringing each other down: together we can do amazing things! The #NoMeanGirls Conference has a fantastic lineup of keynote speakers planned for the weekend along with break-out sessions and opportunities to network with women leaders from across the nation.

Enjoy an additional $50 off registration with the discount code #NMGSWE until July 15thRegister before July 1st and enjoy the early bird discount plus our special discount.  Learn more and register today at www.NoMeanGirls.com!

A few of our members have been involved in Plaid for Women, the conference’s founders, for several years and are very excited about this opportunity. Plaid for Women advocates supporting women through education, encouragement, and inspiration as we tackle the business of life. Plaid for Women also hosts Plaid Radio on iTunes and Plaid TV on YouTube. Even if you can’t make it to the conference, check them out and follow them on social media!



On Saturday, April 29th, Dallas SWE hosted FY17’s Senior Brunch in honor of our graduating SWE seniors from Collin College, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, and University of Texas – Dallas, in conjunction with our usual Social brunch. Peppersmash was a great location for the 12 attendees to gather for amazing food, drinks, and conversations. Dallas SWE partners with these local collegiate SWE sections in many events through the year, from Design Your World to other professional development events and STEM outreach activities. We appreciate everything our graduating seniors have done in their academic and SWE collegiate careers.


Congratulations to all our soon-to-be graduates! We hope you’ll make SWE a part of your careers.

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With our Member of the Month program, Dallas SWE seeks to recognize some of our non-officer members whose technical contributions, leadership accomplishments, or SWE volunteer service are particularly noteworthy. If you would like to nominate a Dallas SWE member for his/her contributions, please email us.

Our Member of the Month for May is Rachel Sheppard! Rachel graduated from Southern Methodist University last year, receiving a BS in Management Science and MS in Operations Research. She is a relatively new member of Dallas SWE, but has been a SWE member since her freshman year at SMU when she got involved on their fundraising committee. Her interest in SWE sparked after attending the national conference in Chicago, where she gained an understanding of SWE’s mission on a larger scale. During her last year at SMU, Rachel became the section president and was the graduate representative for SWE Region C. She now enjoys being a general member in Dallas SWE and served on the nominating committee this year.

Rachel currently works at Southwest Airlines as an analyst in the Technology department. She works in an agile environment and supports development of their new website, Southwest.com. She is working towards becoming a project manager and welcomes any advice you have on how to be a good PM. Outside of work, Rachel has recently become involved in Toastmasters, a non-profit that aims to improve communication and public speaking, working towards her competent communicator award.

“SWE has been a great support system for me in college and during the start of my professional career. From conferences, leadership summits, and friendships to outreach events and career opportunities SWE has truly fulfilled more than I could have imagined when I joined 7 years ago. I’m excited to be a part of SWE as it continues to grow and hope that fellow engineers have similar experiences finding support and community through SWE!”

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Katherine Bock was the featured speaker for the Dallas SWE had their April Professional Development meet up at Coffee House April 18, 2017. Katherine focused on ways we limit ourselves in her presentation entitled “Get Out of Your Own Way to Create More Success, Balance and Meaning in Your Life and Career.” Attendees went through 3 interactive exercises together using worksheets provided by her. The initial exercise focused on ways we may remove personal responsibility through a practice of blaming circumstances or others for having no choices. We may make judgments that limit collaborations or acceptance of new opportunities. Through an evaluation of a personal happiness index in personal and professional aspects, attendees honed in on one area that they would commit to changing. They made a commitment to someone they did not know to send a note to encourage continued progress.  Dallas SWE sincerely appreciated this insightful experience. The discussions were animated and many felt elated at the opportunity to grow and progress in personal and professional ways.

~ Nandika D’Souza, PhD, Dallas SWE FY17 Executive Vice President

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