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The Frisco SWENext Club meets at the Career and Technology Education Center and is made up of students from all eight of the high schools in Frisco. The 10 students researched, obtained supplies, and built t-shirt cannons to be used at pep-rallies. SWE Dallas sent two volunteer mentors, Grace Kaldawi and Kate Van Dellen. This is the first year for the SWENext Club in Frisco and they are sponsored by their engineering teacher, John Horwedel. To form your own SWENext Club, visit swenext.swe.org for more information! Let us know what you’re club is up to and how we can help!

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On Tuesday, October 17, Dallas SWE members and guests met at Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine and enjoyed a professional development presentation by Melerick Mitchell. Melerick challenged us to be identify our passions and values, and use them to set “audacious goals” in our careers. Then he encouraged us to take action to achieve those goals by focusing on growing, learning, creating, and giving back each day. Being intentional about planning our own career paths and applying careful introspection to our own actions is the best path to long-term success!

Melerick gave us plenty of opportunities to share our thoughts and goals with him and other attendees. When asked about his audacious goal, he said he wants to reach 250,000 people with his coaching and inspiration! We are glad to be a part of that group and left the meeting with plenty of insights to apply to our own careers.

Check out Mr. Mitchell’s book, Kinetic Life, available on Amazon, for his perspectives on these and other topics!

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SWE Region C has a SWE Life Membership opportunity for you!

When SWE regions dissolve at the end of FY18, each region has a plan for how its funds will be disbursed.  As part of the Region C disbursement plan, the Region will support half of a Life Membership for a number of its Professional members.

How it will work:

Eight names will be drawn at the WE17 Region C Meeting for the Region C Half Life Membership Awards.  Depending on the final vote by the Region Council, Region C will present two or four $1000 awards to cover half of the donation required to become a SWE life member. These awards will be presented in the order that the names are drawn.  You do not have to be present at WE17 to receive this award.

  • To sign up, you must be a professional SWE member assigned to Region C at the start of FY18 (i.e. July 1, 2017).
  • Each award will be paid directly to SWE, not the individual, and can only be applied towards the Life Membership dues.
  • Once confirmed that they are receiving a half Life Membership award, the person will have until December 1, 2017, to pay $1000 to SWE to become a Life Member.  Once the Region C Treasurer confirms with SWE HQ that the individual’s payment has been received, the Region will provide the other $1000 to HQ by Dec. 31, 2017.

To enter this drawing, please fill out this survey . The deadline to enter the drawing is Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Region C is excited to support our professional members with this drawing!

If you have questions, please contact the Region C Treasurer, Victoria (Tori) Tinsley, at regionc-treasurer@swe.org.

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Join Dallas SWE for our November Member Appreciation Luncheon!

When:: Saturday, November 4, 2017, Noon – 1:30pm

Where: Urban Crust, 1006 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

Please join us at Urban Crust in Plano for a social luncheon to celebrate and thank YOU, our loyal members! Your dedication to volunteer leadership in service to our organization, local K-12 outreach activities, and STEM advocacy are greatly appreciated.

Space is limited: Dallas SWE Members Only, please RSVP by Nov 1!

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE Nov 2017 Member Appreciation Luncheon

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On Saturday, October 14, the Membership Committee hosted our first social brunch at Ascension Coffee in downtown Dallas. The group consisted of both of old and new faces shared coffee and conversation. We had a great time discussing the upcoming WE17 conference in Austin and the Design Your World: STEM Conference for Girls. 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.

October’s Member of the Month is Zaineb Ahmad. This is especially timely since today marks a full year since she started our Member of the Month program as our FY17 VP of Membership! Thanks for your dedicated service to Dallas SWE, Zaineb!

Zaineb started her career with a passion for STEM and the will to positively impact the world around her. Though originally on a path towards medicine, she found her true calling in engineering, exploring the worlds of biomedical, mechanical, and finally, software. She currently holds a Business Analyst position in the Healthcare IT industry. She has a bachelor of science in general science and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, from Birmingham-Southern College and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively, as well as a master of science in mechanical engineering, with a focus in biomechanics, from UAB.

Zaineb currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where she remains dedicated to engineering excellence. She is actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and is engaged in the community. She often participates as a panelist and/or mentor, advocating engineering as a profession to young girls and women, explaining the diversity within engineering fields, and providing a positive role model. She tutors and mentors numerous female high school and college students interested in or working towards STEM degrees. As a professional member of SWE, she serves on several committees at the section, region, and society levels. Most recently, she served as Dallas SWE Vice President of Membership in FY16-17. She actively participates in Design Your World, a STEM conference for girls, where she has designed and led a biomedical engineering bone-fracture activity, coordinated a mechanical engineering activity involving racing rollercoasters, organized the engineering fashion show, and participated in the parent/educator panels. She was recognized by Dallas SWE as Distinguished New Engineer for FY16 and was honored as one of 45 Engineers Making a Difference by the UAB School of Engineering for the school’s 45th anniversary.

“I joined SWE as a way to engage with the engineering community, network, and enhance my professional skills. SWE more than met those expectations, while fostering a new passion for STEM outreach. The unexpected benefits are the amazing, lifelong friends I made, from my first collegiate meeting to the lovely ladies of Dallas SWE. SWE is a network, a support system, and a community.”


Ten80 Education is a national leader in developing and deploying STEM curriculum to institutions serving K-12 students. On September 26, Ten80 held a workshop at the Plano Convention Center for over 1000 local high school students to encourage their interests in STEM careers. Through relationships with NASCAR and the Army, Ten80 has incorporated robotic racing cars into a science and math curriculum allowing students to build and race cars across the country in the Ten80 Racing Challenge. In addition to learning about building and programming their race car, the students were able to learn how to program apps and drones and to experience real-life applications of STEM concepts and careers. Dallas SWE member, Lynn Mortensen, represented SWE on a career panel where she highlighted the success women have in STEM careers and encouraged the female students to join SWENext. The students competed in several competitions throughout the day. A summary of the day can be found in the Rowlett Lakeshore Times here: “Schools around the Dallas area participate in Ten80 Racing Challenge”

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Dallas SWE is a not-for-profit all-volunteer organization: we need YOUR help to make our next Design Your World STEM Conference a success! Step up and inspire students to foster their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!

We need volunteers to prepare materials before the day of the event, process registration, run activities with the students and adults, and help guide attendees to where they need to be! A big part of this event is interacting with students as engineers and as role models. If you want to help make Design Your World happen, click below to register as a volunteer for our next event, scheduled for November 11, 2017 at UTD! 
Eventbrite - Volunteer Registration - Fall 2017 Design Your World - STEM Conference for Girls

FREE lunch is included for ALL volunteers! You have three registration options:

  • Receive a free t-shirt from a previous year’s conference,
  • Help us offset costs by buying a new t-shirt for this event.
  • If you can’t be with us on Nov 11, be a “virtual volunteer” and submit a donation!

Thank you for your support of Design Your World: STEM Conference for Girls. We look forward to a great event this fall!

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Please join us at our October Professional Development meeting with guest speaker Melerick Mitchell on the topic of Career Ownership!

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017  5:30 – 7:30pm

Where:  Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine at Cityline
1250 State St #100, Richardson, TX 75082

Cost: FREE for SWE Members, $5 for non-members and guests. Food will be available for purchase by the individual. Check out Fernando’s menu here.

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE Oct 2017 Meeting: Melerick Mitchell

Melerick H. Mitchell is a Talent Development Expert, Speaker, Coach, and Author. A recognized technology leader called to function as a talent development architect, Melerick is known for crafting the requisite vision to achieve business goals. Corporate trainer and talent development architect, Melerick offers a unique blend of executive coach experience, global team building, along with IT solution development, and he is credited with a strong engineering and systems analyst background.



Are you a recent college grad? New to the DFW area? Looking to meet other engineering or STEM professionals who are also early in their career? Join us for brunch as we network and socialize over some great food! Friends or partners are welcome!

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 

Where: Ascension Coffee, Thanksgiving Tower location. The restaurant is located at 1601 Elm Street #120, Dallas, TX 75201 (downtown Dallas). There is free parking at Thanksgiving Tower, Enter building from Elm or California.

Cost: FREE! Food is available for purchase by the individual. Check out the menu here: https://ascensiondallas.com/menu/

Eventbrite - Dallas SWE Oct 2017 Brunch

Please RSVP by October 12 so we can have an accurate head count.

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