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WineWe hope you marked your calendars for June 4! We’re going to socialize with our SWEsters in the Fort Worth SWE section and enjoy some wine, tapas, and ice cream!

When: Saturday, June 4 at 6:30pm

Where: Silver Dollar Winery
1937 Bedford Rd Suite C, Bedford TX 76021

Cost: No cost to register! Food and beverages are available for purchase by the individual. View their menu here.

Please RSVP!
Eventbrite - Joint Networking Event - Dallas and Fort Worth SWE

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Our Region C turtle mascot, CeCe, loved the custom SWE cake!

Our mascot CeCe loved the custom SWE cake

Dallas SWE members take the cake!

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Dallas SWE members, along with the their friends and family, enjoyed an evening of fun at Main Event in Plano! Dallas SWE had so much to celebrate! While bowling and snacking, we celebrated our amazing membership and their accomplishments and contributions. We had two more successful Design Your World conferences this year, numerous professional development workshops and industry tours, and social events ranging from brunches to a basketball tournament. Special thanks to members and volunteers who make up our wonderful section and help make it great!

Bowling fun at Main Event!

Bowling fun at Main Event

All FY16 officers and committee chairs were recognized for their individual contributions to the success of Dallas SWE outreach, programming, and membership. The following individuals were recognized by Dallas SWE Section President, Barbara Read:

  • Distinguished New Engineer: Zaineb Ahmad
  • Distinguished Service: Barbara Vilbig
  • Outreach Mentor: Nandika DSouza
  • STEM Advocate: Lynn Mortensen

Thanks for another another great year for Dallas SWE!


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Dallas SWE is excited to award scholarships to three extraordinary high school seniors from the Dallas area – Shoshana Zhang, Catherine Gurecky and Ar’yea Nelson. 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!

Shoshana Zhang –  Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science

View More: http://dardenproduction.pass.us/shoshanaShoshana Zhang 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. Shoshana will attend Yale University in the fall where she plans to study biomedical engineering, biochemistry or computer engineering. Along with being a 2015 Siemens Regional Finalist and Chinese Institute of Engineering Youth Achiever Award Recipient, Shoshana has also co-authored research publications on chemistry and engineering topics. Outside of the lab, Shoshana served as the President of her school’s Student Council, President of the Artfelt Association and is a counselor at the Community Youth Leadership Camp.



Catherine Gurecky – Colleyville Heritage High School

Gurecky IMG_2623 copy (1)Catherine Gurecky will graduate in June from Colleyville Heritage High School where she has been designated an AP Scholar with Distinction.  Catherine will attend Cornell University where she will major in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Among Catherine’s honors and recognitions are Academic Community Scholar Ambassador, induction into the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.  She is also a 3 year member of the Colleyville Heritage varsity dance team where she has been selected Most Outstanding Junior Dancer and Most Outstanding Senior Dancer. Catherine enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school where she performs chemical demonstrations and raises enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Catherine also volunteers at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas where she homogenizes, bottles, and pasteurizes donor human milk for premature infants. This volunteer experience solidified Catherine’s interest in chemical and biomolecular engineering.


Ar’yea Nelson – Allen High School

Ar'yea PictureAr’yea Nelson will graduate in June from Allen High School where she is a leader in the Robotics Club.  Ar’yea will attend Tarrant County Community College the following year before transferring to Texas Tech University where she will major in mechanical engineering. Both BEST and FIRST robotics have impacted Ar’yea’s desire to study engineering.  From Robotics Club treasurer to US FIRST qualifier co-event planner, Ar’yea has demonstrated both her leadership and engineering acumen. By volunteering and mentoring her peers and those junior to her, she is impacting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities at Allen High School, the Movement Teen Group at The Harvest Church and her many robotics activities. Ar’yea is hoping to use her engineering degree to develop devices to aide hearing loss and to identify concussions more quickly. She appreciates the many those who have inspired her to be an engineer and is committed to giving back her time to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

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On April 30 we combined our usual Social Brunch with a celebration of SWE Collegiates from Collin College, SMU, UNT, and UTD graduating in 2016! Jasper’s in Plano is always a good location, and the 15 attendees enjoyed some delicious food and each other’s company. Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! We wish you the best on your future endeavors, and don’t forget to reconnect with a SWE professional section wherever life takes you!


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It’s that time of year again: time to renew your SWE Membership, of course! This year, SWE has deployed a new Association Management System (AMS) so we wanted to bring a couple of changes to your attention.

You should have received an email about the new AMS and a link to reset your password in the new database. In most cases, your username has also changed and the new one should be in that password reset email. If you can’t find that email, visit swe.org and in the top navigation bar click “Login” then “Forgot Password” and another email will be sent to you.

Once you log into the SWE website, click Membership in the main nav bar, then Renew which will take you to the new SWE Account Portal. SWE has already set up invoices for FY17 membership renewal based on your current membership status. Make any necessary changes and follow the instructions to complete your payment. It’s quite simple!

While you’re there, be sure to update your individual profile, add a bio and photo, select your communication preferences, and let SWE know what your interests are (new for this AMS).

If you have any issues or questions on your membership renewal or the new AMS, the folks at SWE are ready to help! Email membership@swe.org and they’ll be happy to assist you.

SWE is still making updates to the system and Membership Directory so stay tuned for even more great features coming this summer!

Renew your SWE membership before June 30th and receive a $5 discount with coupon code ‘EBIRD’. Renew before June 15th and you’ll be entered into a Dallas SWE drawing for $100 gift card! Winner will be announced on June 21st!


maineventJoin Dallas SWE as we celebrate our amazing members!

Bring your families and friends and come socialize with your fellow Dallas SWE members! Bowling is free for all members and only $8.34 ($7 + processing fee) for non-members, families, and friends. Please note, everyone is responsible for their own shoe rental. We’ll be serving some light snacks, but more snacks/refreshments can be purchased at the venue.

We’ll be bowling from 6:30-7:30. Stick around to socialize and network, while we thank our outgoing officers, recognize individuals who received awards and scholarships, and celebrate our Dallas SWE members!

*Please note, membership  status will be verified before the event.*

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Other Upcoming Events

Don’t forget to vote on our FY17 Leadership Team! Ballots close May 31 and results will be announced shortly thereafter.

Are you planning to attend WE16 in Philadelphia October 27 – 29? Hotel registration is now open. See the WE16 website for more info.

Save the Dates!

  • June 4 – Joint social event with Fort Worth SWE
  • June 21 – Professional Development Meeting
  • July 16 – Moon Day at Frontiers of Flight Museum. Email us if you are interested in volunteering.
  • August 27 (tentative) – Region C Leadership Summit


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Will you help decide the future leadership of the Dallas SWE section? We need your vote!

In order for your vote to be counted you must be a paid member of the Society of Women Engineers Dallas Section in good standing. Voting is open May 2 – May 31 with results announced shortly thereafter.vote

Thank you!
Dallas SWE FY16 Nominating Committee
Jennifer Vilbig – Chair
Teri Cate, Neha Dobhal, and Tessa Hazlett – Members

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Have you ever wondered about the best way to confront workplace sexism? Guest speaker Kate Van Dellen provided insight to Dallas SWE members in the April Professional Development meeting.  On Tuesday, April 19 at Coffee House Café Dallas SWE Members were able to have a dialogue about identifying sexism and learning how to speak up when it happens within your workplace environment. You can find a PDF copy of Kate’s presentation here.

One of the major points of the presentation is in discovering the power of calling it out.  Sexism does not go away when you don’t speak up about it.  Most importantly, the way you speak up matters most.  What is your go to response? Kate shared her response being “Not cool” meaning that what is being said is not appropriate and offensive.


Guest Speaker Kate Van Dellen

Have you heard of sexism whiplash?  Kate shared that sometimes people are not even aware that sexism is happening. Here are some key takeaways from this part of the presentation:

  • How can you tell when sexism is happening to you
    • Is it polite?
    • What if we called it “manners” instead of “sexism”?
    • It doesn’t need to be a “man” verses “woman” thing
    • We’re just 6 billion people trying to get along
  •  Sexism is often not about gender, it’s about power
    • Do you feel like someone was trying to knock you down a peg?
    • Is this a win/loose situation?
      • Men are accustomed to women being the losers
      • “You throw like a girl”
    • Does the comment make you feel isolated?

Kate shared many modern definitions of sexism.  One of the definitions states that it is a language that tells a group that someone doesn’t belong based on gender. For women, this is why it is important to empower the next generation of engineers to become advocates in knowing how and when to speak up about sexism.

The call to action from Kate’s presentation is learning what to do if you experience workplace sexism.  Some of the strategies shared include the following:

  • Develop a catch place – Your response to something that you feel is inappropriate in terms of sexism
  • Call it out promptly
  • Write down/email self with a narrative of the incident

Overall, Dallas SWE members walked away empowered to become advocates in calling out workplace sexism, bullying and in celebrating that who you are matters.

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Great group at our April meeting! Join us next time!

Bio: Kate Van Dellen’s background is in Aerospace Engineering and she has worked on missile defense, cargo aircraft, business jets, helicopters, and unmanned aviation. In September 2015, she started her own company, New Trees, to provide supplemental education in math and science. She was the FY14 SWE Society Membership Committee Chair and was recently awarded the SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and was recently featured as an author in VIDA literary magazine. Check out Kate’s article in VIDA literacy magazine here Report from the Field: Calling Out Actions Allows People to Grow

~Alicia M. Morgan, Dallas SWE Program Committee

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The application deadline for our new Annie Colaco Collegiate Leader Scholarship has been extended to April 30th!

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more and for instructions on how to apply.


The Dallas SWE FY16 Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for your consideration to serve during FY17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.) Ballots will be distributed electronically in early May and voting will conclude 30 days thereafter.

  • President – Shelley Stracener
  • Executive Vice President – Nandika D’Souza
  • Vice President of Membership – Zaineb Ahmad
  • Vice President of Outreach – Samica Norman, Latischa Hanson
  • Secretary – Amber Scheurer
  • Section Representative (3 positions) – Barbara Read, Pamela Duffy, Amanda Posadas
  • Financial Advisory Committee – Four Year Term (1 position) Tram Trinh, Liong So

Per the Dallas SWE By-Laws additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that:

  1. The member is eligible for the position;
  2. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;
  3. A minimum of two percent or five of the voting members of the section, whichever is greater, have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot; and
  4. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the chair of the nominating committee by April 30 or fifteen days after the slate is announced to the members of the section, whichever is later.

Please forward any nominations by petition with the required endorsements (five members) and consent of the candidate to dallas.swe@gmail.com by April 30th.

Thank you!

Dallas SWE FY16 Nominating Committee
Jennifer Vilbig – Chair
Teri Cate, Neha Dobhal, & Tessa Hazlett – Members


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