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On Tuesday, Feb 21, SMU held its eleventh annual networking event She Networks, She Wins, with about 65 guests in attendance. Collegiates socialized with engineering professionals and enjoyed refreshments before the panel talk began. The four panelists were Cindy Clingenpeel (VP, Hitachi Consulting), Ellen Dowd (Senior VP at Hitachi Consulting), Dr. Leslie Ledda (Director of Internal R&D at Raytheon), and Lauren Windsor (Intelligence Analyst at Lucid).

SMU SWE President Kelley Howey and Special Events Chair Marissa Dusek posed some really great questions around how changes in technology have affected the way we work, using our strengths to find our passions, and how to stand out from others, especially in large organizations. Dallas SWE President Shelley Stracener ended the meeting by inviting students to continue these important connections by attending upcoming Dallas SWE events and staying connected to professional organizations like SWE after graduation, no matter where they end up geographically.

There were many insightful quotes from each panelist, but here are a few gems that really stood out:

“Don’t try to represent all women or follow a script: being yourself brought you to where you are & it will carry you forward!” -Ellen Dowd

“Technology is great to connect us virtually but you have to build relationships and trust with people first.” -Cindy Clingenpeel

“Take advantage of opportunities to connect outside your immediate teammates to build an influential network of other engineers.” -Dr. Leslie Ledda

“Network outside of engineering groups too! Connecting with people with other interests will help you gain new perspectives.” -Lauren Windsor

Thanks to SMU SWE and their Faculty Advisor, Rachel Goodman, for continuing this successful Engineers Week tradition!

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Dallas SWE offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors and collegiate SWE leaders. Award amounts range from $250-$1000.

Qualified applicants for high school scholarships must attend a Dallas area / Region 10 school and plan to major in engineering. Applications for high school scholarships are due April 15.

Qualified applicants for the Annie Colaço collegiate SWE leader scholarships must be SWE members in good standing and attend a Dallas / Fort Worth college or university. Applications for collegiate scholarships are due April 30.  For more information and to apply, visit our Dallas SWE scholarship website: http://www.dallaswe.org/scholarships/

Please share this information with the young ladies in your life! We also need volunteers to review the increasing number of applications we receive each year. We have a great rubric set up and the entire evaluation process will only require a few hours out of your busy schedule over the 2-3 week evaluation period in late April. Please email Scholarship Committee Chair Lynn Mortensen if you are interested in helping us reward local students for their accomplishments! This is a great way to give back to SWE and pay it forward for the next generation of women engineers.

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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.

Molly Sing is a microelectromechanical system characterization engineer at Texas Instruments. She has her MS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and her BS in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She is currently working on her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in the nonlinear control of microsystems at University of Texas at Dallas. Two tenets have served Molly well in her career, asking why until there is a physically relevant phenomena, and fostering communication between disciplines and roles. So far she has worked on silicon nanowires, phase change switches, aluminum nitride filters, MEMS variable capacitors, and MEMS spacial light modulators, in academia, national laboratories, and in industry.

Molly joined SWE in 2010 during graduate school at Purdue. She served as graduate student coordinator, running a program to connect undergraduates with graduate student mentors. She joined the Dallas professional section in 2015 and in this year participates on our Programs Committee where she has helped plan two of our monthly professional development meetings. She has also participated on several panels including the one on Industry Perspectives on Diversity in STEM at our recent College to Career Leadership Workshop. We love her enthusiasm for sharing her story with others! Outside of SWE she has volunteered for High Tech High Heels, UTD’s Young Women Investigators in Science and Engineering, and serves as the Dallas Alumni coordinator for Rose-Hulman.

“What I love about SWE is that we are stronger because we are together, we are stronger because we are different, and we are stronger because we can be honest with each other. What attracted me to SWE was a commitment to helping each other. Sometimes you need help, sometimes you can help others and SWE accommodates both.”

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To celebrate Engineer’s Week in February we’ll host a social brunch at Coal Vines Prestonwood. We’ll network and socialize over some great food!

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Where: Coal Vines Prestonwood
5407 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

Cost: Registration is free, food and drinks are available for purchase by individuals.
Check out their brunch menu here.

Please RSVP by Noon Friday, February 24th so we can make an accurate head count!
Eventbrite - Dallas SWE February Social Brunch

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On Saturday, February 4th Dallas SWE was a part of the Dallas ISD STEM EXPO, held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.  The STEM EXPO was an all-day event that focused on STEM-related careers and coursework.  K-12 DISD students and family members engaged in hands-on and interactive sessions that were provided by local colleges and universities, museums, engineering organizations, and STEM-focused organizations. The Dallas ISD STEM EXPO also included the district’s STEM competitions, showcases, and exhibits from students within Dallas ISD.  Dallas SWE had a booth to assist the students and parents in “building a circuit” and gave out information on Dallas SWE, SWENext and Design Your World.

Thanks to the volunteers Kim Concillado, Stephen Scheramic, Rebecca Byford, Latischa Hanson and Samica Norman for their help at the event.

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A partial group photo at the end of the day: lots of smiles!

The first College to Career Leadership Workshop hosted by SWE Dallas, NSBE DFW, and SHPE DFW was a great success! On Saturday, January 28, collegiates and professionals met at the lovely Meadows Conference Center in Dallas to network and get prepared for entering or re-entering the workforce.

Attendees had their choice of attending one of three sessions each hour, with a pizza lunch sponsored by State Farm and Texas Instruments. Two hours of resume review and interview training were held, as well as sessions with guest speakers including:

  • Alicia Morgan on Leading With Your Strengths and Values
  • Brianne Martin on Personal Branding
  • Lynn Mortensen on Changing Career Tracks from Technical to Managerial
  • Norman Tidmore on Dressing for Success
  • A panel talk on Industry Perspectives on Diversity in STEM Careers with Molly Sing and Zaineb Ahmad from SWE, Aniekan Inoyo and Dejanae White from NSBE, and Jacob Acosta from SHPE

Panel: Industry Perspectives on Diversity in STEM Careers

Feedback survey responses were overwhelmingly positive, especially from our collegiate attendees who really enjoyed meeting professionals and getting some perspectives on strategies for securing their first job, lessons learned from early career challenges, and potential career paths to consider. They also gave us some great ideas for future session topics.

Special thanks to our sponsors and, our event planning team, and our day-of volunteers who provided their expertise and mentoring to our local collegiate and professional attendees! Working together for our common goal of inspiring and equipping engineers to be successful in their careers has fostered some great multicultural partnerships. We look forward to future events of this kind!

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Dallas SWE will be at the Dallas ISD STEM Expo this Saturday at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center from 9am-3pm. Come out and visit us at our activity table and see all the other exciting exhibitors showcasing STEM careers and educational resources.

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who will be representing Dallas SWE! We can’t do these activities without you.

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Our sister SWE section at Southern Methodist University has hosted She Networks, She Wins for more than ten years and we are pleased to be a continuing partner in their success! This is SMU SWE’s biggest event with alumni, students and corporate sponsors getting together to network for the night. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and parking is available in Binkley parking garage for $1/hour. Dress is business casual.

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: SMU, Lyle School of Engineering, 3145 Dyer St, Dallas Tx, 75225
Caruth Hall (4th Floor, Palmer Conference Center)
Campus Map
Cost: Free!

RSVP here!

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On Tuesday, January 17th, Texas Instruments hosted over 60 guests to dinner, presentations, and a tour at their headquarters in Dallas for the Dallas SWE January Professional Development Event. This was a great chance for employees from the TI Women’s Initiative Network and members of Dallas SWE to meet with one another.

The presentations began with an overview of TI, its diversity networks, products, and locations around the world from Fran Dillard, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Next, Dallas SWE Secretary and TI employee Amber Scheurer introduced the guest speaker, Jeff Morroni. He is currently the Worldwide Director of Power Management R&D for Kilby Labs, the Texas Instruments corporate R&D group. Jeff explained some of the biggest trends in power management and how his organization is working to find solutions for the tough challenges that lie ahead. He did a great job of making the topic relatable and understandable to TI employees and Dallas SWE members alike.

Following Jeff’s presentation, Analog Staffing Manager Randy Wheeler spoke to the audience about careers at TI. Dallas SWE President Shelley Stracener gave an overview of local opportunities for professional development, community outreach, and award recognition through SWE. She also highlighted the success of this year’s SWE Achievement Award Winner, Stephanie Watts Butler, Ph.D., P.E., a Technology Innovation Architect at Texas Instruments. You can read more about her inspiring keynote speech at the WE16 Award Banquet in October in the most recent issue of SWE Magazine!

The presentations ended with an overview of the Innovation Center from Amber, and a self-guided tour of the 9 kiosks. Dallas SWE would also like to thank the additional members of the TI event planning team that helped make the event such a success: Kathy Glover, Rebecca Marshall, & Osman Khan.

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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.

This January, we feature Terriekka Cardenas as our Member of the Month! Terriekka holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and AAS in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design from Mountain View College. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Yellow Belt. Because of her enjoyment  in seeing inanimate objects come together to make something useful, she worked as an engineer in the manufacturing industry for over 13 years in varied capacities and department leadership roles. This included such companies as Valspar, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, PepsiCo, and Ecolab. In order to gain more flexibility and availability for her family, Terriekka recently dove head first into entrepreneurship and started her own consulting firm, Perceptive Engineering. The firm is a provider of consultancy services across design, new product development, process monitoring and other technical and project management business needs. Outreach and serving the community are very important to her. With her belief that no one should be denied exposure to STEM careers, she created the organization Full STEAM Ahead. She and other STEM professionals collaborate to facilitate workshops and classes surrounding various disciplines ad skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Students are  shown how STEM is infused in their everyday lives. The primary focus is to target demographics of youth whom are grossly under exposed to the subject matter.

In 2008, Terriekka became the first African American woman  to be employed as the Site Engineer in the US plant operations for the then Hexion Specialty Chemicals. She actively serves as the President of the Board of  Directors for SimiDigi, Inc., a creator of simulated digital interactive workforce training . Additionally, she is the STEM Program Coordinator for Destiny World Children’s Ministry. She has also been a mentor for students participating in the Future City Competition, where her 2016 team received special awards in two categories.

“I have learned over the years that  it is imperative to develop a solid network of support as a minority in the STEM workforce. Involvement in SWE on the collegiate level provided that for me. It was sort of a sisterhood, the one place where you weren’t the only girl. As a professional, being apart of Dallas SWE  has shown me the importance of  advocacy for young women and the impact of being present for them. I have derived so much personal and professional fulfillment serving as a part of the outreach committee for the chapter as it strives continually to remain an active pillar of the community. This organization personifies my belief wholeheartedly that once armed with  knowledge, one can have a solid impact on the world around them and make effective changes right where they are, regardless of their age, gender, and socioeconomic background.”

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