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