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On November 3, 2013, Dallas SWE represented women in engineering at the Coppell Engineering Expo at Coppell High School.  Each year, Dallas SWE members take this opportunity to speak to local high school students and their parents about different types of engineering, what to expect in a college engineering program, and how to become a collegiate SWE member.  Juanita Miller coordinated our participation and was assisted by Jennifer Vilbig (Dallas SWE President) and Cheryl Naftzger.  Thanks, ladies, for volunteering!!

Dallas SWE volunteers at the Coppell Engineering Expo!

Dallas SWE volunteers at the Coppell Engineering Expo!

The Dallas SWE booth was colorful this year, decorated with a green tablecloth, white and yellow streamers, and a SWE banner was prominently displayed.  After decorating the table, we inflated several balloons to use as door prizes.  As the crowd arrived, we pulled out our prize jar and began interacting with students and adults who stopped by.  The students drew for door prizes including items like wooden puzzles, key chains, bandannas, pencils, and balloons.  The balloons were a big hit with younger children (<4th grade) and the parents appreciated that we let the little ones pull something from the jar too.  Several teachers, from Coppell and other districts, came by to ask about the engineering disciplines and careers for their classes.  The Coppell Engineering Boosters put on their usual “red jacket” hospitality with a very nice event.

During the event, we talked to 58 students and their parents (about 145 people total).  We love being at this event every year!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit.


In other news, we have some upcoming events that you’ll want to put on your calendar.  In November we’re LEEDing the way to a greener tomorrow!  What are these “LEED buildings” you keep hearing about? LEED buildings impact commercial and residential energy usage, accounting for 39% of the energy used in the US. Come learn how Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is aiding engineers, architects, and contractors in how to go green and build energy efficient buildings.

About the Speakers:
Paulina Diaz, P.E.
Paulina is a Mechanical Engineer with 7 years of experience and exceptional training in the design of comprehensive mechanical systems. She joined the ccrd team in 2011 and has worked on numerous LEED projects. Current projects include energy modeling and related mechaincal credits under LEED 2009 for the Neuroscience Cancer Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Laura Geiger
Laura Geiger is an Electrical Engineer with ccrd. She also joined in 2011 and has worked on several projects, including a Psychiatric Facility in Georgetown, TX which is currently under construction. Laura recently passed part 1 of a two part test to become a LEED Green Associate.

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: Networking starts at 6:30 pm, Main Event starts at 7:00 pm
Location: La Madeleine near SMU’s campus, 3072 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205 (click for map)
Cost: No cost to RSVP for this event!  Dinner will be available for purchase at the expense of the individual attendee.  Please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount!

Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming events including a Holiday Party in December and an Award-Winning Sci Girl Training in January!  You can join our mailing list by submitting your email address in the sidebar.

Lastly, we’ve selected a date for the next Design Your World Event at UNT on March 29, 2014. For more information and updates on that event, please visit the Design Your World website.

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