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On Friday, September 15, representatives from our Membership Committee invited Dallas SWE to enjoy Grapefest in downtown Grapevine! We spent some time watching the grape stomp and walking down Main Street. A great time was had by all. If you missed this event, check out our other upcoming professional development and social events on our website calendar!

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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 September Member of the Month is Shannon Cruise! Shannon is a Facilities Engineer for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems.  She develops tactical space plans across approximately two million square feet over several buildings and also works as a project manager on a multi-functional team.  She started with Raytheon in 2012 after relocating from Cleveland, Ohio.

Before moving to Dallas, Shannon worked for a small geotechnical company, testing concrete, soils, and foundations after receiving her degree in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Toledo.  While at UT, she was a member of Phi Sigma Rho, a sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology.

Shannon joined SWE shortly after moving to Dallas in 2012 and was just recently appointed chair of the Membership Committee.  She is very proud to serve SWE and hopes to continue to serve such a great organization in the future.

“I have gotten a lot out of SWE and have built some wonderful friendships since joining.  I am hoping to give back what I have received both from SWE and from my engineering career.  SWE has helped me to push myself harder as well as open doors for more discussion on solving issues for women in engineering.” 

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One of SWE’s major missions is to inspire the next generation of engineers by sharing our experiences and telling students what being an engineer is all about. Below are a few ways that you can get involved in that mission!

  • We are in the starting phases of planning for our fall Design Your World Event. Stay tuned to your email and our website for upcoming announcements and a call for volunteers!
  • On Tuesday, September 26, from 8am to 2pm, Ten80 Education is hosting a STEM Innovation Experience for high school students in Plano. They are looking for volunteers to help out and engage the students in conversations. View their flyer for more information on what they’re looking for and how to sign up!
  • Not a K-12 Outreach event, but we enjoy great relationships with our local Collegiate SWEsters and love to interact with their members! The UTA SWE section is looking for professionals to participate in a panel discussion Thursday, October 19th from 6pm-9pm at the Maverick Activities Center (MAC). If you’re interested in joining, please email UTA SWE President Mihika Naik directly.
  • On Friday, October 20th at 4:30pm, the SWENext club at Frisco High School will be building their first project, a T-shirt cannon, and are looking for mentors/volunteers to help! If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Kate Van Dellen directly.
  • Check out our Outreach resource page and sign up to participate in other services that connect passionate STEM Outreach volunteers with schools, events, and students in need of inspiration from speakers and mentors such as yourself. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel and create our own connection service, so these resources are your direct path to your local communities. Join in the fun!
  • When you represent SWE at an Outreach event, even if it wasn’t planned by us, submit the event information to SWE’s Outreach Metrics Tool. It’s a simple survey that takes about 5 minutes and lets SWE HQ know how you’re contributing to our mission to Aspire, Advance, Achieve!

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As September comes to a close, get ready for a very busy October for Dallas SWE! One of our major upcoming events is the WE17 Conference in Austin October 26-28. Check out our informational post about it. If you are attending and would like to carpool and / or share a hotel room to reduce costs, please fill out our WE17 Coordination Survey as soon as possible and we’ll try our best to connect folks. Don’t forget to select whether you’d like to be included in our GroupMe app communications before and during the conference! Email us at  dallas.swe@gmail.com if you have questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Today’s the day! Make Dallas SWE a part of your North Texas Giving Day experience!

Thank you for your support!

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A very fun event is coming up this weekend that you don’t want to miss! Join us for an informal SWE social event this Friday, September 15th at 7PM in Grapevine for Grapefest. General admission is $8 which can be purchased online or at the event.

https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest/

Let us know that you’re coming! Reach our VP of Membership, Amanda Posadas at (214) 458-6220 or our Membership committee chair, Shannon Cruise at (440)364-3432. We’ll be at the Wine Stomping area at Main St. and Wall St.

Additional information: if you want to go earlier than 7PM, just know that entrance before 5PM is free!

Join us for our first Professional Development meeting of FY18! The topic will be:

Is Solving for Gender Diversity the Answer to a Larger Economic Challenge?

When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5:30-7:30 PM
We’ll start with a half hour of networking and ordering food (available for purchase by the individual), then a few SWE announcements, and finally a presentation by our guest speaker Sheri Jenkinson! This meeting is open to all (men and women, SWE members and non-members alike), and children are also welcome (at your discretion, child care is not provided).
WhereCoffee House Cafe6150 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE Sept 2017 Meeting: Sheri Jenkinson

Speaker Profile: Sheri Jenkinson

Sheri Jenkinson is a Catalyst for Culture Change, an Activator of Big Ideas and a Champion for Equity through Technology. She is the Founder and CEO of WATT (Women Advancing Technology Together) International. Her entrepreneurial journey began with a goal of addressing engagement, resilience and interdependence challenges in corporate culture. This led her to become a coach and an organizational change management consultant. Her recent research findings around gender diversity and the gaps in workforce capacity and skill sets are now taking her down the path of organizational design, team optimization and development of sustainable cultures.

Prior to founding WATT, Sheri played key roles in developing innovative technologies, creating profitable business strategies and building key relationships with C-level partners and customers for large corporations and startups, including Verizon, VeriSign, Capgemini and River Logic. The networks and applications that she has worked with have changed our everyday lives as consumers, including digital telephony, mobile gaming & commerce, and interactive TV.

Sheri earned her ACC coaching credentials through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is on the Board of the DFW American Marketing Association, leading the CMO Advisory Council and has a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from the University of Dallas.

This past January, she was privileged to travel to Bangladesh to help bridge the Digital and Cultural Divide by starting a new computer lab at the local elementary school, which included internet connectivity for the entire village.

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For the past several years, Dallas SWE has participated in North Texas Giving Day and raised nearly $3,000! Those donations help us fund high school senior scholarships, collegiate SWE leader scholarships, and our award-winning outreach event series, Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls, held twice a year since 2012. THANK YOU to our past donors!

Dallas SWE also holds monthly professional development events for women engineers in our area, supports multiple outreach events hosted by local museums and schools, and develops mentoring relationships with collegiates at UT Dallas, SMU, UNT, and Collin College. We’re very excited to continue these programs but we want to do more! We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible.

Mark your calendars and please consider donating to Dallas SWE for North Texas Giving Day!

Thank you for your support!

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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 August Member of the Month is Tripat Baweja! Tripat is the Discipline Lead and engineering faculty for the Electronic Technology program at Collin College. She is also the Faculty Advisor for the Collin College SWE section. Tripat started her career at Bell Northern Research as a design engineer after graduating from Arizona State University. Later, she moved into academia to foster her love for teaching and raise her family.

Tripat was one of the three people instrumental in establishing the collegiate section of SWE at Collin College, in 2013. Despite facing the challenges of a being at two-year college, she smoothed over the process of membership recruitment, student involvement, and officer transitions over last three short years and quick turnaround of students. With a very small engineering student body, Collin College SWE currently enjoys a membership of +40 paid members and over 200 participants on the college portal.

Tripat has organized various outreach programs including resume workshops, mock interviews, company tours, and company presentations for Collin students and robotics summer camps for area middle school students. She actively collaborates with Collin Robotics Club and Collin North Texas ISSA Collegiate chapter to provide wide array of experiences and industry exposure to Collin students. Under her leadership, three of the four presidents of Collin College SWE have been selected as SWE Future Leaders, providing inspiration to other members. Tripat has been awarded Engaged Faculty Award (2015-2016) and Vision Award (2016-2017) by Collin College for her engagement with the Collin students and contributions to the advancement of the engineering program.

 

“I’ve always been very passionate about advancing education, especially STEM education among young girls and women. SWE has opened a unique door for me to reach out to this larger group and equipped me with tools to help encourage my students to experience engineering and technology. SWE has also made a tremendous impact on my professional and personal growth. I am proud to be a Dallas SWE member!”

~Tripat Baweja

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Want a SWE polo shirt, mouse pad, or vinyl sticker but can’t make it to one of our meetings? We’re now offering online sales of our SWE branded merchandise! Proceeds help us fund professional development and outreach event costs, and your promotion of the SWE brand is a great way to start conversations about what your SWE membership means to you.

All online payments are processed via your Paypal account or debit/credit card. Please contact us at dallas.swe@gmail.com if you wish to purchase multiple items where shipping consolidation would be warranted.

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