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.