Hello Winter!

SWE Fall 2017 banquet

The SWEster who could make the fall banquet had fun reminiscing about the past semester and looking forward to the next. We also had a wonderful potluck and took a few fun photos in the Forestry Building’s Atrium. Which photo should be used if we ever make an album?


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Congratulations to our SWE-niors!

We want to introduce everyone to the newly graduated Michigan Technological University SWE alumnae.

Caitlyn Case

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Hemlock, MI
Favorite SWE Memory: Apple Pressing at Dr. Hein’s house
Future Plans: Working for GM as Global Propulsion System Engineer

Congratulations! We love you and wish you all the best on your future endeavors. Thank you for being a part of SWE and sharing your talents with us. Keep in touch and continue to grow personally and professionally.

General Meeting Fun!

At our most recent general meeting we talked about preparing for Winter Carnival (Feb.7th-11th) and had some fun team bonding exercises! I mean, we ate Oreos, played with Legos and got to be a bit competitive.


SWE sponsored Winter Carnival Queen Candidate!

Our MTU SWE President, Jessica Geroux, ran for Winter Carnival Queen and was part of amazing group of Tech Women that were interviewed, performed a talent, and rocked the Rozsa Center on Saturday night. Thank you to everyone who supported Jessica and the other Queen candidates!


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Winter Carnival

This year’s Winter Carnival theme is “Myths And Tales Of The Past In Our Frigid Forecast.” SWEsters build the statue of Humpty-Dumpty on a snow-brick wall in between the library and Rekhi. We also sold “puppy-chow” in between Dillmand and Fisher Hall. We worked while listening to other site’s music, getting free hot-cocoa, and trying our best to stay warm and dry.


Snowman Left Behind

MTU attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the amount of snowmen built in one hour! Unfortunately the snow was powdery instead of pack-y but we made it work the best we could and also added a few snow angles in between snowmen. Overall it was a beautiful Saturday and a great excuse to play in the snow! Still waiting to hear if we officially broke the record…


What’s Next? – Career Fair!

Our next general meeting is 2/19/2018 at 6-7pm in EERC 100. We will be holding a Career Fair Panel with multiple company reps.

For current students, keep an eye on your email for any Career Fair prep events. They are helpful and usually have a few company representatives volunteering and networking. Have those resumes printed, your business clothes steamed, elevator-speech and handshake practiced, and most importantly, your best self. Good luck and may the jobs be ever in your favor!

Mid-Semester Update

Hello Everyone!

This semester has started off a bit later than it has in the past. Hope everyone is doing well this semester and can find time to join SWE in some of the fun events we have going on throughout the year.


The weather for K-day was gorgeous and sunny. I forgot to wear my sunscreen and got a little burnt but nothing to worry about. It was great talking to all the different students and promoting our club. Our t-shirts were to dye for! Even Blizzard joined in and tried to help some students dye their t-shirts without staining his paws. 


Evening with Industry

Thank you to the company representatives and students that came to our Evening with Industry. It was great networking and visiting with both the company representatives and my fellow students before Career Fair. Our guest speaker, Dr. Carol Ley, shared her journey and some memories about her time at Michigan Tech. Who knew that back in the day you could sled out of Douglas Houghton Hall via your dorm window? While that is not encouraged anymore, she did encouraged us all to seek learning opportunities and to enjoy our time here at Michigan Tech. The dinner itself was pretty tasty thanks to the MUB catering.


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Fall Career Fair

The 2017 Fall Career Fair was huge! Seeing all the students dressed in their business attire, walking around, and talking to some of the 1000+ company representatives was fun. I know I practiced my handshake and elevator speech all week and almost couldn’t stop at “hello” when I was just meeting new people! The following days there were lots of interviews for internships, co-ops, and full time jobs. Hope everyone talked to the companies on their lists and were able to get an interview. In the meantime, keep those resumes updated! It won’t be long until the Spring Career Fair on February 21st, 2018.

If you’re a student or company representative that would like to know more about Michigan Tech’s Career Fairs, here is the link: http://www.mtu.edu/career/students/jobs/fair/

Apple Picking

Had fun wandering Dr. Gretchen Hein’s family farm and picking wild apples. Before and after picking apples we got to interact with the animals. Chasing the chickens was a workout experience but a few SWEsters caught some (no animals were harmed in the chase, just some pride)! Also, who knew duck feathers were so soft? I think my favorite animal interaction was feeding and petting the alpacas and sheep. Their wool is so dense and soft! Giving myself a reminder to myself to make sure I have wool socks before the snow comes…


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Apple Pressing

The SWEsters that could make it to Dr. Hein’s family farm got to press their own cider. We greeted all the animals again and got to work. Working together, we made multiple batches with a variety of the wild apples we picked two days prior. They were ground up, pressed, and then sampled! The difference batches had different levels of tartness depending on how many crab apples we added to the blend. Everyone who came got to bring home some of the cider. Personally I’m not the biggest fan of apple juice but the cider was amazing and definitely better than any store bought juice I’ve tried. I decided to shared the cider with some family that was visiting and was it gone in seconds!


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SWEsters at Dr. Hein’s family farm for apple pressing.

Drag Show

SWEsters got together and attended the 17th Annual Michigan Tech Drag Show which was fantastic! The lip syncing, dancing, intricate costumes and makeup were captivating. The queens and king put on such a fun show full of acceptance, love, and fierceness. The urge to sing and dance along was so strong! It didn’t take long before I was dancing in my seat for the rest of the night. You know it’s a good show when you almost lose your voice cheering and clapping after all the numbers. I can’t wait to see what the 18th annual drag show will bring! Side question: can someone teach me how to do a death drop without getting injured?

Pumpkin Painting

During our October 18th general meeting we painted pumpkins for our friends at Cypress Manor while eating some candy corn and other Halloween treats. The pumpkins painted varied from beautiful designs to fun monsters.


As the year winds down, take some time to reminiscence on all that we accomplished this semester.  This post is dedicated to this last year, including our accomplishments and goals for next year.


Read about what our committees have accomplished this semester:

Fundraising Chairs

This year the fundraising chairs for SWE organized two main events.  The first large event was the second annual SWEat 5k; it took place in the fall semester and the track began on campus and traced a path throughout downtown Houghton.  Our largest fundraising event was the food sale on the All-Nighter of Winter Carnival, during which we sold individual bags of puppy chow.  Both of these events required intricate planning and delegation of tasks in order to be successfully arranged. We worked with many officials and faculty to complete these goals.  This year, we collected a significant amount of money for the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Foundation through the SWEat 5k as well as provided another food option for people partaking in Winter Carnival activities.  


Campus and Community Year in Review:

SWE’s Campus and Community committee had another very busy and successful school year. We started off the year with our tie-dye event during orientation week and we had a successful showing at K-Day where we had games and prizes and met tons of new women interested in joining SWE. We also painted pumpkins and brought them to the residents at Cypress Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hancock. This spring semester brought on many more events and kept the members of SWE very active in their community. We had several women volunteer at the Get WISE outreach event which was created to get middle school girls interested in STEM fields. We also visited a local elementary school to do our Big Mac program with the fourth grade students. SWE also participated in the Annual Western UP Science Fair; many women volunteered as judges and many helped host an egg-drop activity for young students and their families. A new project taken on this year was a service project at Cypress Manor; several members of SWE teamed up with Delta Zeta Sorority to give their dining room a fresh new coat of paint! Within a week of painting their dining room, SWE made and delivered Easter baskets full of candy to the residents. Finally, we have been very active in helping coordinate the annual Girl Scout STEM Day taking place on Michigan Tech’s campus in April. The Campus and Commmunity team has again had a very successful and rewarding year, and we look forward to seeing all the great things SWE can do in the future for the Michigan Tech community.


This was an outstanding social year for SWE. We were able to accomplish at least one social event every month and had a substantial attendance rate increase from the previous year. At the start of the year we had a SWEet Spikers IM Volleyball team, built and raced a cardboard boat during Homecoming and pressed apple cider at Dr. Hein’s house. We created a broomball team, attended a hockey game and FilmBoard movie. On top of building a statue during carnival, we went to a show at the Rozsa and painted pottery. We had a lot of fun growing together as a group and being an encouraging and supportive organization for women in STEM. The social committee adequately provided fun and diverse activities for all of the SWEsters to bond during the 2015-16 school year.


Breanna: It was fun being a co-webmaster this year for SWE.  I discovered how much work goes into maintaining an organization website and learned a lot about wordpress and hosting servers along the way.  I am glad that SWE allowed me to do this.  Over the year I have created a new template, updated the logo, and a slew of other things.  Quite an interesting experience!  It was also fun collaborating with all of the other committees — we were like a SWE machine!

Jocelyne: Being a webmaster co-chair this year was a great experience. I knew nothing about maintaining a website or even HTML coding before I received the position, so it’s been fun learning about everything. Keeping things updated on the site definitely helps in keeping up to date on all of the awesome opportunities MTU SWE has to offer too! I also enjoyed getting to know all of the other CHEB members better as well. It has been a fun year!


As historian, I had so much fun capturing all the awesome memories from this school year. I loved putting pictures on Facebook so everyone could see what we are up to in SWE! Furthermore, it has been super rewarding creating the digital scrapbook for everyone to see at the Spring Banquet. Overall, its been a lot of fun and I love being able to take pictures of all the lovely and awesome SWE members!


This has been another great year for our SWE section financially, and we are ending the year well prepared for the future.

This year we had many corporate sponsors donate to our SWE section, including Black & Veatch, General Motors, Arcelor Mittal, Nucor, John Deere, Jackson National Life Insurance, and Toyota.  Evening with Industry was a great success, profiting over $5,000, and ALL of the student tickets were sponsored by companies!  We were also able to give back to our community this year. We were able to donate $500 to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Women’s shelter, $750 to the Keweenaw Color Run and $200 to the Pavlis Women’s Health Project.  After this year’s budget hearings, we were awarded $3,000 from USG to send members to the Societal Conference. I look forward to seeing this upward trend continue for SWE next year, and seeing Rachel excel in this position!


I designed and distributed posters for all of the general meetings and put out table tents for the bigger meetings that we had, like when there was a guest speaker for example. I also made/distributed posters and table tents the publicize Evening with Industry.


With that note, next year’s CHEB members will be:

Communications Director: Carly Gloudmans
Historian: Carly Gloudemans
Newsletter: Sarah Hielsberg
Publicity: Erica Coscarelli
Webmaster: Christi Wohlford
Outreach Director: Laura Schimmel
Certificate of Merit: Stephanie Peterson and Katelyn Buchalski
Community and Campus: Hannah Cunningham and Lauren Sandy
EWI: Jocelyne Denhof, Laura Schimmel and Baileigh Zimmerman
Fundraising: Leah Bectel
Social: Romana Carden and Karsyn VanLaanen
Awards: Emily Meuers
Thank you too all of you who had an active role in our section this year! You may be surprised to hear, but this section would not be able to function without the dedicated individuals mentioned in this post and all other active members.  Thank you for making this year exciting and eventful!
Take a break this summer, so you can come back full swing in the fall!

Hello to a New Adventure

The times comes again to say farewell to those graduating.  They’re spreading all around the country, from San Francisco to New York, for all sorts of reasons.  Get to know SWE’s seniors a bit better:

Dylaina Fiebing

Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Major: Chemical Engineering (BS)

Plans after Graduation: My plans after graduation will be to start working full time in June. I’m still in the process of interviewing with companies, but I’m pretty certain I’ll have something before I graduate!

Favorite SWE Memory: The applause I received after speaking in front of the 400 people who attended Evening with Industry in 2015, and then later that night, sitting with my EWI co-chairs after the event was done, knowing that “we did it!!”

Something interesting about yourself: I’m an avid Dungeons & Dragons player; I’ve been playing since I was 16. I play every 1-2 weeks at Tech and I have been since I came here in Fall 2012. It’s a whole different kind of problem solving method when you’re dealing with powerful spells and horrible monsters!

Elizabeth Wohlford

Hometown: Midland, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Plans after Graduation: Moving to Seattle to be like Meridith Grey

Favorite SWE Memory: Big Mac Challenge Outreach Event

Something interesting about yourself: I’m a huge Beyonce fan

Anna Marchesano

Hometown: Plymouth, MI

Major: Chemical Engineering

Plans after Graduation: I plan to find work in process improvement or sustainability role.

Favorite SWE Memory: Playing Wii games my freshman year at a social with CHEB members, when I didn’t know anyone. It was a great way to get to know new SWE members, get involved, and have a fun time doing it!

Something interesting about yourself: I never wear matching socks.

Rebecca Villerot

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

Major: Chemical Engineering

Plans after graduation: I will be working for Dow Chemical as a Process Engineer in the ECLIPSE program in Freeport, Texas.

Favorite SWE memory: I have really enjoyed and benefited from attending conferences. Also apple cider pressing this past fall was awesome!

Something interesting: I have lived in Wads, DHH and McNair.

Cassie Bobart

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Major: Chemical Engineering

Plans after Graduation: Working for Verso, a paper company, near Iron Mountain.

Favorite SWE Activity: Apple Cider pressing!!!

Something interesting about yourself: I studied abroad in South Africa!!

Kate Boyles

Hometown: Ramsey, Minnesota

Major: Biomedical Engineering with minor in Electrical Engineering

Plans after Graduation: In May, I will be moving back to Minnesota and starting my job as a System Engineer at Medtronic, which has been my dream company for years! I will also be very busy with wedding planning this summer and will be marrying my best friend, Matt, in September!

Favorite SWE Memory: The societal conferences! I went to Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Nashville. All three trips were a ton of fun and full of awesome sessions and opportunities to grow and learn. It’s hard to say which conference was my favorite but I especially loved the beach in LA and all the live music in Nashville!

Something interesting about myself: I ran two marathons throughout college and was close to qualifying for Boston’s Marathon during my second one. I am looking forward to graduating and having more time to train and run other marathons!


Melissa Galant

Hometown: Shelby Twp., MI

Major: Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Plans after graduation: Design Engineer at Caterpillar

Favorite SWE Memory: Planning 2014 Region H SWE Conference

Something interesting: I am going to miss skiing at Mt. Ripley!

Rachel Altscheffel

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

Major: Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Plans after Graduation: I will be moving to Oswego, NY to be a process engineer with Novelis

Favorite SWE Memory: Helping plan the conference we hosted.

Something interesting about yourself: I have been to almost all of the waterfalls in the Keweenaw.

Justine Barker

Hometown: Menominee, MI

Major: Engineering Management

Plans after Graduation: Not sure yet for a job, but I am taking a five week road trip after graduation to reward myself!

Favorite SWE Memory: I attended 3 regional conferences, and they were all very fun and informative. I got to learn a lot through the sessions, and I also got to meet great people!

Something interesting about yourself: I did a study abroad in Italy and a project experience in India while at Michigan Tech. I love to travel!

Chloe Sult

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Computer Engineering

Plans After Graduation: Moving to San Francisco!

Favorite SWE Memory: Making slime with the middle school students

Kate Fletcher

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Major: Materials Science Engineering

Plans after graduation: I will be moving to San Francisco to work at Chevron as a Refinery Materials Engineer!

Favorite SWE memory: Attending my first SWE conference in Baltimore a few years ago

Something interesting about myself: I hate cold weather and snow!

Thank you for the fantastic memories you’ve given us, and we wish you the best of luck!

The Votes are In…

Drum roll please!  And next year’s E-board is…….

President: Maggie Urben

President Elect: Jessica Geroux

Secretary: Lily Williams

Treasurer: Rachel Kolb

VP for Membership: Madison Mroczynski

Congratulations to all those voted in!  Thank you for stepping up to lead our section.  SWE looks forward to next year!

That in mind, please, if you are interested in running for CHEB, the sign up is open.  Just fill out the form!

SWE in Professional Action

Before spring break, 21 girls had the chance to join other SWE members, professional and collegiate, in celebrating women in engineering and the accomplishments of different SWE sections.

Hosted in Platteville, WI, this year’s Region H conference was supported by some balmy 60 degree weather.  Attendee’s had a list of events they could attend and tours they could partake in.

Here’s what some attendee had to say about the trip:

“I was able to learn a lot from the first keynote speaker. She said that you have to confident about who you are and what you want to be. You need to stay true to yourself to stay happy and that several people can be successful in the same position and still do it in a completely different way.”  -Jeanette

“I had so much fun at my first SWE conference! My favorite part of the weekend was getting to see 3 human cadavers and learn about the human body. Even though anatomy isn’t related to engineering, it is still science and all of the women who were with me came because we all love to learn. I also realized my own stereotype that there aren’t many women in engineering- seeing thousands of them this weekend proved me wrong and it was very refreshing!” -Romana




Another excitement from Region H: our section was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Section of the year! This is the first time the Michigan Tech SWE Section has won the award since transitioning to a large section.  This is an exciting tribute to our section’s accomplishments, both individual and group!

Inspiration from the Source

Michigan Tech has a unique tradition of writing letters to high school girls who have an interest in Engineering.  Consider reaching out and getting more girls involved in not only SWE, but also engineering.

You don’t have to be a fantastic writer; in fact, you’ll be great if you know how to write.  Be honest with what YOU have gotten from an engineering degree and you’ll be able to inspire even more girls to step a foot into the STEM fields.

It’s not unknown that Michigan Tech’s ratio is slanted towards men, but you can take an active role to convince girls that they can become an engineer.  Computers, building, and technology is not just a man’s field; it’s a field for anyone interested in joining.

SWE is all about being able to build confidence and involvement from women in the engineering and technology fields.  Share your own knowledge and funny stories with other girls who might not be entirely sure they will be successful in the engineering world.

The next Female Letter Writing Campaign is Wednesday, March 2 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm in the MUB Alumni Lounge A.  You don’t have to be there the whole time.  Just stop in, write a few words and be happy that you may have convinced someone they CAN become an engineer.

Where’s Your Winter Spirit?

When the temperature drops and the snow starts hurting, you can find SWE members braving the outdoors and celebrating Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival.

This year was definitely a year to remember.  Member’s had the choice of selling scrumptious puppy chow or helping build SWE’s version of the Lincoln Memorial.


Snowy Weather Brings Brooms and Duct Tape

What better way to celebrate this chilly weather (though abnormally warm for what we’re used to) then getting into action on the Broomball courts.  Our girls team this year is affectionately named Get SWE-pt and they’ve been blazin’ on the courts.

You have four more chances to see MTU SWE member sliding around the ice.  Put on your mittens, tie up your hat and get on out there to support the team!

Thursday, Feb 4          5:15 pm          Black Rink

Sunday, Feb 7              5:15 pm         Black Rink

Thursday, Feb 11         10:30 pm        Black Rink

Sunday, Feb 14             4:15 pm         Black Rink


Get Excited for a New SWE-mester!!

Our social committee was definitely busy the last couple of weeks.  Not only did they gain a new Chair, Sarah Hielsberg, but the committee has managed to plan some exciting activities for this upcoming semester (think pottery, hockey and puppies!).  Keep your eyes and ears open and expect some exhilarating events to come your way these next four months.

SWE will be kicking the semester off with a New Sem/New Mem meeting with guest speakers from Enbridge Inc, a Canadian oil company.  Pop your head into EERC 103 tomorrow for a powerful chat about women in engineering!

Have a fantastic start to a new year, and don’t forget, there’s always a spot in SWE for you!

And so another semester ends

I hope your final studying has been going well and you’re finals week not be quite so painful.

A few shout outs for graduating seniors:

Lacey Kaare

Hometown: Ewen, MI

Major: Civil Engineering

Plans after graduation: Find a job with a consulting firm doing Transportation work.

Favorite SWE Memory: Traveling to Nashville, TN this year for WE15! This trip was great to see a new city and get to know girls better! Thanks for all of the great memories throughout my time in SWE!

Molly Gerarden

Hometown: Menominee, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Plans after graduation: Test & Development at Oshkosh Defense

Favorite SWE Memory: Building the brave little toaster statue for winter carnival.

Kaitlyn Voet

Hometown: Midland, MI

Major: Geological Engineering

Plans after Graduation: Moving to Novi, MI to work for Arcadis and joining the SWE Detroit Professional section!

Favorite SWE memory: Apple Cider Pressing at Dr. Hein’s house and attending societal conferences in Baltimore and LA.

Congratulations to everyone graduating!



Conference Time

Good morning SWE-sters

It’s that time of the year again where your e-board tries their hardest to get you interested in SWE, specifically conferences.  Yes, I said conferences.  This last week, 21 brave souls returned from an enlightening trip to Nashville, where they learn about everything SWE has to offer from career development to K-12 outreach.

The National conference is set up in a way that allows you to design your own experience.   You have to ask yourself, what do you want to gain from this five day event?  Do you want to focus more on Innovation in Technology and Business, or a little Career and Life Transitions?  Maybe you want to throw in a little Inclusion and Cultural Awareness into your schedule.  It’s all up to you.

No matter how you approach this conference; whether or not your attitude is towards building yourself as a professional or just to trapeze around the host town, you’re guaranteed to get some useful information out of it.

So I encourage you to come with us to the Region H conference, this spring semester) and really consider signing up for the 2016 National SWE Conference.

Have a fantastic day!




Get on Out There and Start Networking

The Career Development Season is in full swing!  So grab your resume and get ready to prep your interview skills.  But before you charge forward with your 60-sec personal snapshot, think about attending SWE’s event with different companies.  After all, think how great it’ll be when you know one of your target companies representatives by name.  And they’ll know yours.

Some upcoming event you should keep your eye on:

Ford: Women in the Automotive Industry — 9/21

When: Monday, September 21st, 6-7pm

Where: Fisher 138

Nucor Luncheon — 9/28

When: Monday, September 28th, 11-1 pm

Where: MUB basement

Evening with Industry — 9/28

When: Monday, September 28th, 5-8 pm

Where: MUB Ballroom

Toyota Breakfast — 9/29

When: Tuesday, September 29th, 9-10 am

Where: MEEM 112

Well Howdy SWE-sters

I hope you all had a fantastic summer filled with all the warmth and sun you could handle!

Now that the school years finally starting off (whether we want it to or not), there are a few events that should go right on your calendar.  This Wednesday, yes, tomorrow, is the first SWE meeting.  And there’s ice cream.  So grab your friends, acquaintances, roommates, and fellow peers and head on over to EERC 103 at 6:00 pm for general SWE information, ice cream and an overall good time!


Congrats Seniors!!!

Graduating Seniors

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in yours shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”-Dr. Seuss

A huge congratulations to all of you as you finish finals and get ready to walk next weekend! Good luck in your future endeavors and thank you so much for all you contributed to SWE!

Those not graduating…check out below, the graduating seniors have left some fantastic advice for you! Those who have “been there, done that” are the best people to get advice from, so read up there’s some good stuff in here! After that, continue reading and check out each senior’s bio.

“The more you put into SWE, the more you’ll get out of it, but get involved on your own terms! Don’t seek out a leadership position because you think you it’s the “right” next step, or because you’ll get some perks out of it, or because your friend wants to… get involved because you want to contribute, to bring your unique perspective to the table to help better our section and our members. (This is not to say that you have to know what you want to contribute, or that you need to be overly accomplished before you get more involved – there are plenty of people to help you out along the way, so if you want to get involved but aren’t really sure that you know what you’re doing, do it anyway! The biggest pre-req to bigger role in SWE is enthusiasm.)”

“Communication will open (or close) so many doors for you it’s not funny. Get really good at it. Learn to write your emails carefully so what you say is consistent with what you mean. Give status updates every opportunity you get, even if it’s only to say that you haven’t gotten anything done. Sometimes what you’re saying isn’t as important as the fact that you’re saying it. Keep everyone involved excessively informed. I don’t know anyone who’s gotten mad about having too much information about what’s going on, but when people have no idea what’s happening tensions can run high. Moral of the story, communication is just as important as the cliches say it is, so get used to it and learn to master it.”

“It is never too early to start going to the career fair. Practice while therei s no pressure!!”

“Take the chance and become involved, it’s worth it, don’t just be passive, be an active part of SWE!”

“don’t be afraid to participate in SWE at Tech and be ready to meet new people”

“Live. Love. Laugh”

“Be involved and attend conferences as they are a great way for people to really see and understand the true meaning of SWE”

“Get involved! You will meet new people, make new friends and connections, and you will be able to try so many new things. All of this leads to you developing who you are, whether it is with SWE or not, the more involved you become, the more opportunities for leadership you will have, which ultimately leads to a well rounded person.”

“get involved early. SWE really is a great network of people that can really help you be successful in the classroom, in industry, and in your social life.”

“Become involved with as much as you can while you’re here. You won’t regret a minute of it!”

“Go to any or all conferences! It helps put things it better perspective and you will create friends and memories that will last a life time!”

and their bios….


Hometown: Gladstone, MI
Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Plans: Chrysler Institute of Engineering Program Professional in Auburn Hills, MI
SWE Involvement: Member for 3 years, Section President from 2014-2015, Vice President for Membership from 2013-2015,  Representative for the Mechanical Engineering Student Adivsory Committee during 2012-2013, and WE15 Collegiate Leadership Institute participant.
Future SWE Plans: I will be transitioning from a Collegiate Michigan Tech member to a Professional member of the SWE-Detroit Section. I am excited to join a new section and to watch the growth of the Michigan Tech Section.


Hometown: Escanaba, MI

Major: Electrical Engineering
Plans after Graduation: Work with Dematic
SWE favorite memory: Going to the SWE Conference in Minnesota and getting the bid to have the next Conference at Tech. As well as being a part of the Conference Committee for Tech.  I have met and made some amazing friends through SWE!
Future Plans in SWE: to Continue on as a professional


Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Major: Civil Engineering + Certificate in International Sustainable Development Engineering + Minors: Municipal Engineering, German Language, Communication Studies
Plans after graduation: Start working for Consumer Energy in July!
SWE involvement while at tech/favorite memory: Served as fundraising co-chair, president, and EWI co-chair. My favorite memory was probably attending my first regional conference in Minnesota – it was my first real exposure to the SWE community outside the section, and it was pretty amazing to see how much support there was available from fellow women engineers.
Future Plans in SWE: Get involved in the professional section in my area. Not sure exactly where that will lead, but I guess I’ll find out.


Hometown: Highland, MI
Major: Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering
Plans after Graduation: Start as a FCG (Ford College Graduate) at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI and move in to a house with my boyfriend in Plymouth, MI.
SWE Involvement: Was Webmaster Co-Chair during 2014-2015 academic year with Elizabeth Wohlford.
Future Plans in SWE: Hope to represent Ford at next SWE conference


Hometown: Andover, Minnesota
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Plans after graduation: Starting my career as an Applications Development Engineer at Saint Gobain
SWE involvement while at tech/favorite memory: Fundraising Chair & putting on the first ever SWEat Homecoming Spirit 5k!
Future Plans in SWE: Become involved with the local section in my area and hopefully help inspire and teach young girls about engineering


Hometown: Midland, MI
Major: Geological Engineering with an International Spanish minor.
Plans after graduation: I will be working for Baker Hughes Inc, in Pennsylvania.
Favorite SWE memory: Being a part of the planning committee for 2014 Region H conference. It’s was really cool to be a part of something so big and to see all the little details that go into such a big event.


Hometown: East Jordan, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Plans after graduation: Working for Ford in Dearborn, MI

SWE involvement while at tech/favorite memory: I joined SWE in my second year, and I was fortunate enough to become Secretary on the executive board this year. I would have to say that my favorite SWE memory was attending the SWE national conference in LA in the fall.


Major: Electrical Engineering with a Power Engineering Certificate

Plans after graduation: Entry Engineering Program with Consumers Energy

SWE involvement while at tech: Active member since Fall 2010, Conference co-chair 2013-2014, Evening with INdustry co-chair 2014-2015, Outreach Director 2014-2015
Favorite Memory: Planning and orchestrating the SWE Region H 2014 conference here at Michigan Tech!
Future Plans in SWE: To be involved and attend regional and societal conferences.


Hometown: Brimley, MI

Major: Biomedical Engineering with a minor in French Language and Polymer Engineering

Plans after graduation: Validation Engineer at Precision Edge Surgical Instruments in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, eventually getting a graduate degree.

Future Plans in SWE: Help with the SWE section at Lake Superior State University


Hometown: Chesterfield, MI
Major: Chemical Engineering
Plans after graduation: Work as a process engineer for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).
Favorite SWE memory: Going to the national conference in Los Angeles this past fall
Future Plans with SWE: Stay involved with SWE with a professional section in Illinois


Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Major: Civil Engineering
Plans after graduation: Grad school at Iowa State
Favorite SWE memory: Having a successful conference that I helped plan
Future Plans with SWE: Get involved with GradSWE at Iowa State


Hometown: Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India
Major: Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Plans after graduation: Looking for a job in the United States
SWE involvement at Tech: Pasty seeling for winter carnival and Region H conference
Future Plans with SWE: Would love to be a part of SWE after graduation


Hometown: Rehovot, Israel
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Plans after graduation: Work as a design/manufacturing engineer
Favorite SWE memory: I enjoyed the opportunities for community involvement. It was nice to work on a project with other SWE members.
Future Plans with SWE: Continue being a member and take advantage of webinars/networking opportunities, and explore involvement opportunities at my future workplace

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu!!

You’ve made it! Yet another semester completed. Some of you are off to the real world to get a job, others are continuing school somewhere else, and some are still here with a few more semesters to check off their list. No matter where you’re at, congrats! Not only did you make it through another school year, but you made it through another Houghton winter!

Anyways, this is the final blog post for this school year and since we’re in the digital age, we don’t send out newsletters anymore. SO, alumni, SWE members from around the region, even people in the chapter now, keep reading to get a great overview of how this semester went for SWE. (I’ll give you a sneak peak…it’s all pretty fantastic news!!). It’s a crazy long post, but I promise it’s worth it! Here’s what’s included:

Farewell letter from our section president..Sam Kallman

A few words from some our advisors (we couldn’t do it without them!)

Quick overview from committee heads and executive board members of significant happenings in our section. (A lot goes on behind the scenes, so check this out to see new developments this  year!)

a peak into who will be leading SWE next year

and Finally, a farewell to all our seniors will be included in a soon to follow blog post!

A Farewell from our President, Sam

Where has the time gone? And the snow?

As I sit here trying to grasp the ventures of the Section over the past year, I simply think about what made the year a success, and a memorable experience. Throughout this past year, the Section has integrated new events, as well as strengthening traditional events. The year began with hosting the Tie-Dye event on Walker Lawn during Orientation Week. Compared to last year, Mother Nature blessed us with a beautiful evening in the Keweenaw and approximately 300 people showed up to tie-dye some SWEet t-shirts.

Before we knew it, Homecoming was here and it was time to share and encourage ‘Husky’ spirit. This year the Section hosted the first ever SWEat Homecoming Spirit Sprint – A 5k for Charity. The event began on campus and ran (no pun intended) through downtown. Over 90 people participated and $700 was donated to the Barbara Gundlach Kettle Shelter in Calumet. With my love and passion for running, I was really excited to the large involvement for the event.

With our continued involvement in the community, we hosted a Girl Scout Day in Wads Annex where over 65 Girl Scouts from throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin ventured to Tech. The day was filled with engineering, science, and collaboration. Activities included a self-constructed sink or float boat challenge, followed by a lunch in the dorms, and then colored flower transformation. It was great to see members interact directly with young girls and to hear each of them share their passion for outreach.

These are a few of the successful events from this year. SWE continued to expand Evening with Industry with 173 students and 133 recruiters in attendance and an epic Chrysler sponsorship. During Winter Carnival we sold out of pasties and build a guitar statue in recognition of WE15. The Certificate of Merit expanded from just Michigan and Wisconsin to now Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. And, how could I forget the launch of a brand new Section website. I highly recommend you taking a moment to go check out both the website and blog!

I would like to take the opportunity to thank each person that made this year a success; advisors, counselor, committee heads, members, College of Engineering, and continued corporate and university support. As the Section President, this year has been an opportunity to grow individually, but it was also an opportunity to do what I love and that is help individuals grow. As a soon to be alumnae, I look forward to the future growth and success in the years to come for the Section.

Best of luck in all of your future endeavors!


A Word from our Advisors


Thank you for the opportunity be part of one of the strongest student orgs on campus. I am so incredibly proud to tell others that I’m a SWE advisor. The strength of our section is a result of the strength of our members, and also how well you work as a team to take advantage of your diversity of skill, perspective, and personality to collaborate to achieve your significant goals, which ultimately results in impressive accomplishments. Your commitment, hard work, and the high standards you hold yourself to as a representative of our SWE section are not always easy, but always exemplary and inspiring. I am amazed at how much you all do, and how you do it all so well. Each of you should be very proud of yourself and the organization you help bring a level of prominence, not only on our campus, but on a national level in the Society of Women Engineers.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors. While I genuinely wish you all the best in your next step, I absolutely know that you will experience greater success than you’ve ever imagined, that you’ve earned all of it, and that you completely deserve it.
I very much look forward to working with our returning SWEsters next


Thanks for another great year with our SWE Section. A highlight of  my fall is when you come out to our farm for cider pressing. I like seeing everyone off-campus and getting to know more of the members. I enjoyed going to Nationals with you. It was impressive to see the accomplishments of our section. I can’t wait wait to go to the banquet and learn what everyone will be doing this summer.
Congratulations to the graduates. I hope you enjoy your new jobs and graduate school or whatever you have decided to do. I hope you keep in touch with the section and let us know about how your lives are going.
For those of you who are returning, I look forward to another fun year. We have submitted several proposals for WE15 and I look forward to attending sessions where our members will be presenting.
Enjoy summer – and the leftover snow.

An Overview from some of our Leaders


This year was a great year for our SWE section financially, and we are ending the year well prepared for the future. 
This year we had many corporate sponsors donate to our SWE sections, including Marathon Petroleum, ArcelorMittal, and Schlumberger ($2,400 from Stilettos to Steel-toes). 
Evening with Industry was a great success, profiting over $11,000, and ALL of the student tickets were sponsored by companies! 
We were also able to give back to our community this year. We were able to donate $700 to the Barbara Gundlach Women’s shelter and $500 to the Pavlis Women’s Health Project. 
After this year’s budget hearings, we were awarded $3,000 from USG to send members to the Societal Conference. 
I look forward to continuing this upward trend for SWE next year, and seeing what the the fall semester brings!


This year, was a great year for our section. Over the years we have seen a lot of growth in our members, which drove the challenge of finding a new room to hold general meetings in. Fisher 138 and EERC 103 were the main rooms we choose because there was less travel time for our on campus members and the room layouts were conducive to mingling between members.


Looking back on this year we hosted so many awesome events everyone had such a great time pressing cider with Gretchen Hein and building the guitar during overnight statue building to promote WE15 in Nashville. I had so much fun dog walking, going to the hockey game together, and going to movies and Applebees with everyone!


This year Certificate of Merit had the opportunity to recognize over 330 girls from Michigan and Wisconsin. We also manage to add a hundred Minnesota schools to the list and bring the total up to 1621 schools!
We reached out to high schools and asked them to nominate junior and senior female students who are excelling in science and math. We then send these students certificates encouraging their pursuit of STEM and showing not only Michigan Tech, but also SWE’s support of their efforts.


This year was similar to past years, I put up flyers for every general meeting and table tents for the first meeting! I design the posters with creative images and designs on them to attract people to our meetings! Sometimes I assisted other CHEB members to publicize their events, for example I design and put up the flyers for the new student org, GradSWE. I had a lot of fun being on CHEB and getting to know everyone. One of my favorite memories on CHEB was the holiday party where we all brought food and traded gift’s at Sam’s house!


This is the first year awards has been a committee and many lessons have been learned! We nominated over 10 events and women for the student activity awards. Our president and Julie Way, one of our faculty advisors, were both nominated for the SWE individual awards. Writing award nominations helps show the great aspects of our section. Thank you to everyone who helped out this year!


As this years Fundraising Chair, I was responsible for a fall and spring fundraiser. In the fall, we hosted our very first “SWEat Homcoming Spirit – A 5k for Charity” which raised over $700 for a local charity. For our spring fundraiser, we sold pasties at the Winter Carnival All-nighter. The pasties were a huge hit, selling out before 11 pm! Thanks to everyone who helped us succeed with both of these fundraising events!


This was a pretty major year for the webmaster position. We transitioned into the new website about three weeks into the Fall semester. We made drastic improvements leading up to the national conference and will be looking to apply for best website next year out of all the other sections.


This year the Historian took pictures at all the events, helped the website out by taking pictures of all CHEB members and some of the general members. I had a lot of fun going to the events and getting pictures to post to the Facebook wall and to share with everyone at the Holiday Potluck and Spring Banquet! I also redid the poster board that we bring to events to let people know what SWE is about.


Evening with Industry was a success yet again, raising over $10,000 for our section to use to continue to develop the section and members! Changes to the event are continuing to be implemented to make it easier to manage and coordinate. Hopefully these updates will help the event continue to provide valuable opportunities for employers and students to connect and make the event even better in the future!

Next year in SWE

Executive board

President–Brittany Frost

President Elect–Maggie Urben

VP For membership–Lacey Kaare

Secretary–Rachel Kolb

Treasurer–Anna Marchesano

Committee Heads

Historian–Cassie Bobard

Publicity–Stephanie Peterson

Webmaster–Breanna Merrits and Jocelyne Denhof

Newsletter–Hannah Cunningham

Awards–Hannah Lyons

Certificate of Merit–Carly Gloudemans and Elizabeth Wohlford

Campus and Community–Kate Boyles, Jessica Geroux, and Kate Fletcher

Evening with Industry–Dylaina Fiebing, Laura Schimmel and Baileigh Zimmerman

Fundraising–Madison Mroczynski and COurtney VanWagoner

Social–Lily Williams and Erin Murdoch

Counselor–Britta Jost

Advisors–Gretchen Hein, Elizabeth Hoy and Julie Way

2015-2016 Election Results

Next year’s executive council is……

President: Brittany Frost

President-Elect: Maggie Urben

Vice-President for Membership: Lacey Kaare

Secretary: Rachel Kolb

Treasurer: Anna Marchesano

Counselor: Britta Jost

Congratulations! This is going to be a very strong executive board,you all bring so many great strengths and talents to the table!

The Luck o’ the Irish!

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone. Hope you’re sporting some festive green clothing!

In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, let’s talk about the Region H Conference which took place at Notre Dame over spring break!  regionh notredame

About 20 Tech SWE students started their Spring Break off right and hopped on a bus (even equipped with bunk beds!! fancy fancy!) at 2 am to begin the 9 hour, 500 mile trip down to Notre Dame. To give you a first hand experience about what happened at conference, Sam Kallman answered some questions below. There are also several FAQ’s answered about SWE Conferences in general that would be great to look at if you’re thinking of attending the National or Regional conference next year! 

First, let’s start with this, What is a SWE Conference?

 The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region H Conference is an annual event attended by collegiate and professional members of Region H. The Region H conference supports diversity in engineering, provides networking opportunities with prominent companies and includes personal, professional, and SWE development activities. The theme for the 2015 Conference is “the Brains and the Beauty.” –SWE Region H Conference Website http://2015sweregionhconference.nd.edu/

Conferences, both Regional and Societal, provide members with the opportunity to develop professionally, personally, and understand the Society. Each conference inspires members to become more involved with their sections and promotes development. 

Do students and professionals attend?

Yes! This is a fantastic networking opportunity!

How many people attend this conference?
I am not sure about the exact number, but I continuously heard approximately between 700 – 800 collegiate and professional members were in attendance from the Region. The Region H includes SWE sections of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It is the largest region of SWE with about 2,800 members, 45 university sections, and 13 professional sections.

Are there plenty of things to keep you busy the entire time?

Absolutely! – We had the opportunity to go on tours of the Chocolate Factory, Honeywell Factory, Campus, and Stadium the Friday afternoon after our arrival. That evening we had the opportunity to meet and greet other attendees over dinner and dessert. Later that evening our section participated in the photo booth, free back massages, manicures, and pedicures. A sponsor of the Conference was Keurig, so the DoubleTree hotel where Tech stayed had Keurigs all over and prepped for brewing beverages. Saturday morning began bright and early and we were at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center by 8 am for the Welcome, State of SWE Address. That remainder of that morning was filled with Collegiate and Professional Meeting and the school hosting the 2016 Region H Conference was determined. The University of Wisconsin – Platteville will host the next Region H Conference. The day was then broken up by a Keynote lunch in Notre Dame’s South Dining Hall (this hallway inspired the production of Harry Potter film productions) sponsored by Boeing. The afternoon was then filled with breakout sessions and a career fair. Sessions that I specifically attended were “Managing the Opposite Sex”, “Persuasion”, and “Building A Team and Making It Work.” Our section counselor, Britta Jost presented a session called “Interviewing with Success” and many of our section members attended her session.

Are there a variety of sessions based on where I am in my career/my future plans?
You bet! The conference planning committee works hard to make sure that there are sessions for all levels of skill-sets. A few example sessions are “How to Have a Successful Internship”, “Hit the Ground Running”, “What’s Next? Is Graduate School a Good Fit for You?”, “Energy Industry”, and “Being a SWE Mentor or Advisor”.
What were some popular activities for exploring the local area?
This year at the Region H Conference, the Keynote Speaker spoke at lunch, so Saturday evening was filled with an evening out on the town where we were able to spend our “Downtown Dollars” at local participating restaurants. Many members tried sushi, thai, fine dining, and most made sure they checked out and made some prime purchases at Yummy Cupcakes and the Chocolate Factory.regionhsam
What were some of the most memorable things for you at conference?
I LOVE campuses! The University of Notre Dame was gorgeous, plus I think it was the first time anyone from Tech saw sunshine since last fall. This conference had a lot of members in attendance that were not a part of CHEB and I enjoyed bonding with each of them – there is something special about spending personal time with members that just makes conferences that much better. With this being my last conference as a collegiate member, I could not have imagined a better conference. I also had the opportunity to meet with the other collegiate section presidents in attendance and we shared best practices and were able to collaboratively discuss how to progress each of our sections.group 15regionhconference
What was the most valuable thing you learned from a session?
The most valuable thing I personally learned from this Region H Conference was the differences between persuasion and advocacy. I learned the importance of being an advocate for what one believes, but to always consider the other parties perspective. 
Where will conference be held next year?
University of Wisconsin – Platteville. This conference will be 380 miles away from Tech – woohoo!
How can I get to attend conference next year?
Become an active Michigan Tech SWE member and you can sign up to attend conference. This year the Michigan Tech College of Engineering were the primary sponsors for our section. If it were not for the College of Engineering, not all of the members would be able to attend. Huge thank-you to the College of Engineering
Do you have to be involved in CHEB to be able to attend conference or can I go as a general member?
Any active general member can attend the conference. It is actually highly encouraged for general members to attend the Regional Conferences in order to learn more about the Society and the personal opportunities each will have.

All kinds of good stuff

This past weekend a few SWE members participated in Girls & Engineering Exploration Day. This was a day for middle and high school girls to visit Tech with their parents and participate in great hands-on activities to get a feel for what Engineers really do. There were several presentations and several of the SWE members spoke to give the girls a better idea of some of the little known facts about Engineering and some unique areas of the field that isn’t as well known as the typical stereotypes. The girls had a great time and we got lots of positive feedback from the parents! Good work inspiring young women and breaking down those stereotypes ladies!

In other news, nominees for the executive board for next year are currently being slated. Make sure you come to our general meeting NEXT WEDNESDAY to hear the speeches from those running for the executive positions. Help create a strong E-board for next year and come out and hear from the nominees.

Speaking of leadership. Start thinking about any committee head positions you may like to be a part of and contact the current chairs. These are great positions to get you more involved in SWE and they’re a lot of fun!

Also, we have recently started up a GradSWE section for our graduate student population on campus. Some members from this section will be speaking as well at the next general meeting about grad school and opportunities within GradSWE. Current grad students and those looking to become grad students in the near future are encouraged to become a part of GradSWE. Just email easheera@mtu.edu for more information and to be added to the mailing list.