Oct 18th, 2016 by Dallas SWE
Shilpa Nagaraj, Dallas SWE member and Counselor to the Collin College SWE section, shared some information with us about a recent visit of Collin College students to Emerson Process Management in McKinney.
The students had a tour of the facility including the flow lab, materials lab and 3D printer lab. They also enjoyed a great panel discussion chaired by Nadine Brown, Director of Marketing and Business Development regarding several interesting topics for students. Other panel members included Chantel Bailey (Project Manager), Rebecca Hawkins (Project Engineer) and Shilpa Nagaraj (Senior Design Engineer).
The discussion addressed topics including:
- Introduction and background of each panel member
- Positive and negative aspects of being a female engineer
- What advice would you give to your younger self
- Upcoming job trends and new technologies
- Social media profiles for job seekers
- Importance of soft skills for engineers
- Learning is a journey not a destination!
Thanks to Emerson and our Dallas SWE members who support our sister SWE sections at local colleges!
Oct 13th, 2016 by Dallas SWE
We’re starting a new member appreciation initiative this year: Dallas SWE Member of the Month! With this program we hope 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.
This month, we would like to recognized Stephanie Watts Butler, Ph.D, P.E.! At WE16 in Philadelphia this month, she will accept the SWE Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the Society of Women Engineers. Congratulations, Stephanie!
Stephanie Watts Butler, Ph.D., P.E., has produced innovations in the semiconductor industry in the areas of control, process and package development, R&D management, and new product development. She currently is the Technology Innovation Architect in Texas Instruments’ High Voltage Power Solutions business unit, driving new technology innovations from concept to revenue by leading partnerships with TI’s technology organizations, manufacturing sites, universities, and product development teams. The result is amazing power semiconductors that enable TI’s customers to make smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient products. Dr. Butler has authored more than 40 papers and 16 U.S. patents. She is a Fellow of AVS and a Senior Member of IEEE and AIChE. SWE has honored Dr. Butler with the 2016 Achievement Award, and the Dallas Business Journal selected her as a 2015 Woman in Technology. She serves on the TxGCP Champion Board and UT Austin Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Council.
My involvement with SWE began as a freshman in college. SWE was a supportive environment to develop my leadership and community service skills as part of a technical community. As a working professional, SWE continues to be a supportive environment for each new generation of engineers entering the workforce, while also providing opportunities to keep leadership and service skills fine-tuned throughout my career. The Dallas SWE section is an active community with different opportunities to easily network with people from a broad range of industries and even academia. I’m learning from individuals and situations that I would be unable to experience if I only focused on organizations within my industry. I’m also proud of the work the section does to introduce girls (and boys) to the exciting world of STEM and produce the next generation of innovators.
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Oct 7th, 2016 by Dallas SWE
Dallas SWE October Professional Development Event:
Ericsson Experience Center Tour and Speed Networking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Dallas SWE is excited to have Ericsson hosting the October Professional Development Event! Attendees will get to tour the Ericsson Experience Center and participate in Speed Networking on the topic of “Developing Your Personal Brand”. Click here to learn more and to register:
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Oct 7th, 2016 by Dallas SWE
On October 5th, Lynn Mortensen and Kate Van Dellen represented Dallas SWE at the Dallas Professional Diversity & Technology Career Fair hosted by the Professional Diversity Network. The event, held at the Embassy Suites Market Center, provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the advantages of being a SWE member to a diverse group of professionals. Dallas SWE members shared the many opportunities for professional development, networking and community outreach available locally and through the broader SWE organization. Several SWE members from other regions or collegiate sections stopped by to share their positive experiences being a SWE member and to inquire about how to connect with the local Dallas SWE section. A few visitors said they found out about the career fair from our website! The event gave all attendees a chance to network and socialize and to make quality connections with corporations and professional organizations who value diversity.
Tags: Event Recap, Membership, Networking
Oct 6th, 2016 by Dallas SWE
Last weekend, Dalals SWE members Alicia Morgan and Kim Concillado teamed up with Illuminate STEM and Women of AT&T for Self eSTEM, an all morning event building confidence in local 6th-12th graders to pursue their passion in science, technology, engineering and math. The program director, Awonu Lekia, led the young ladies in ice breakers and introspective questions before breaking them up into small groups. Each table rotation focused on a unique facet of STEM: from coding their names in binary using beads, designing the furthest-flying paper airplane, using teamwork and leadership to build a structure, and even powering an LED with lemons! The day concluded with a panel of real engineers answering questions and describing their daily life. Alicia and Kim had a lot of fun giving out “Future Engineer” buttons and answered questions from students ranging from, “What superpower do you wish you had?” to, “What is your favorite part of being an engineer?”
Illuminate STEM’s chair Terrence Southern announced this would be only the first to come of this event, so look out for it next year!
Tags: Event Recap, Outreach, Photos
Sep 27th, 2016 by Dallas SWE
Our guest speaker for September’s professional development meeting was Alicia Morgan, Dallas SWE member and a 2016 Honoree of Women of Color in STEM K-12 Promotion of Education Award. After some networking and tasty food from Coffee House Cafe, Alicia presented her strategies for recognizing the value of our unique life and work stories and how to share those stories by networking with confidence and purpose. She delineated the differences between physical, human, and social capital we use to build relationships, credibility, and influence in our daily interactions with others. The session was highly interactive with plenty of opportunities for discussion and practicing extemporaneous story development. One great quote she shared was from comedian Steve Martin: when asked about his success, he said his strategy was to “be so good they can’t ignore you.” If you’ve spent time and effort becoming indispensable, it’s just as important to spend some time on learning how to communicate your value in quantifiable terms so that you’re rewarded for your efforts!
Thanks to Alicia and our Program Committee for another great professional development event! You can view the meeting handout here. Stay tuned for details on our October 18 meeting at Ericsson in Plano!
Tags: Event Recap, Photos, Professional Dev, Speaker
Sep 22nd, 2016 by Dallas SWE
Last year, Dallas SWE participated in North Texas Giving Day for the first time and raised $1,775! those donations helped us fund 3 high school senior scholarships, 4 collegiate SWE leader scholarships, and our award-winning outreach event series, Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls, which has been held twice a year since 2012. See the photo mosaics below highlighting these successes. THANK YOU to last year’s 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.
Please consider donating to Dallas SWE TODAY for North Texas Giving Day! Thank you for your support!
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