Friday, December 3, 2010

Announcing the newly elected 2011 Society of Women Engineers Executive Board!


Here is your newly elected 2011 executive board!  Congratulations all! We will be undergoing transitions over the next two weeks, and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at Specific VP contact lists will be updated within the next 2 weeks, but also feel free to reach out new elects individually if you so desire. We encourage you to apply for SWE Planning Board Positions, as there will be 25+ positions opening. Information will be sent out over the break for these positions, which begin in February. :-)

President: Ellen McIsaac (emcisaac)
VP Outreach: Joy Jiao (yjiao)
VP Membership: Liza Xu (lizaxu)
VP Corporate Relations: Ekaterina (Katia) Paramonova (paramoed)
VP Campus Relations: Jessica Li (jess_li)
Treasurer: Sandra Chen (sandbox)
Secretary: Diandra Drago (ddrago)

If any of you have feedback (positive or negative) on this years new voting process, please pass your comments along to swe-president at mit dot edu. This was a trial run, so your feedback is appreciated.

Diandra Drago
Outgoing MIT Society of Women Engineers President

Thursday, November 25, 2010

MIT Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Application!!

MIT's Society of Women Engineers 2010 Scholarships
Deadline: December 1, 2010

SWE is offering 3 scholarships to the MIT undergraduate student body. Winners in each category are awarded $750.
Students are eligible to apply for multiple scholarships.
Please submit (and direct any questions) to:
Descriptions below and in attached flyer.

-Submit Transcript and Resume 
-Please submit a 500-750 word essay response for each of the two questions below. 
1) SWE has encouraged students across the nation not only to explore fields of engineering, 
but to actively engage in their learning.  At MIT, our education develops both inside and 
outside of the classroom. Please tell us what „education‟ means to you. 
2) SWE students have been on the frontlines of change for more than 50 years, empowering 
women to succeed, advance in their aspirations, and be recognized for their life-changing 
contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.  Please describe an instance where 
you felt you made an impact on your society, inspiring and encouraging your peers along 
the way. 
-Submit transcript and resume 
-Please submit a recommendation from your research supervisor. 
-Please submit a 500-750 word essay response for each of the two questions below. 
1) As a national organization, SWE has encouraged its students to branch into the many ar-
eas related to science and engineering. Briefly explain what attracted you to your field of 
engineering, how and/ or if that relates to your research, and what you intend to do with 
your degree. 
2) Please describe your current research project, your passion and motivation behind it, and 
how your research will impact others whether they are scientists, industry professionals, or 
mainstream society. 
- Submit transcript and resume 
- Please submit a 500-750 word essay response for each of the two questions below. 
1) As a national organization, SWE supports professional development and leadership in 
engineering and technology. MIT offers students the chance to focus on global leadership, 
innovation, entrepreneurship, and best business practice — programs designed to give pre-
sent and future leaders the skills and knowledge they need to improve the world. What does 
“entrepreneurship” mean to you? 
2) Please describe an experience, past or present, in which you took on the role of entrepre-
neur. What impact did your project aim to make? Was it successful? What have you learned 
from this experience about entrepreneurship? 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Congratulations MIT SWE on Winning 3 Awards at the SWE National Conference!

This is an announcement that MIT SWE won 3 awards at this years National
Conference this weekend!

-Best Website!!!
Kudos to the MITSWE Webmaster, Susie Fu!

-Best Professional Development Event, "Meet the Professionals" !
Kudos to:
      -Sandra Chen and Kuan Cheng for their 2009 MTP contributions
      -Crystal Mackenzie and Christine Chen for their 2010 MTP

-Best Outreach Series Event!
Kudos to all of our Outreach Chairs!
       -Kimmi Li and Sumi Sinha, WiSE Chairs
       -Yuliya Preger and Sabine Schneider, KEYS Chairs
       -Elizabeth Phillips and Audra Podany, Event Outreach Chairs
       -Marie Herring, Kellie Courtney, and Ekaterina Paramonova, Off-Campus
       - Elizabeth Rowland and Tara Mokhtari, Girl Scout Outreach Chairs

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Off to the National Conference!

Hello MIT SWE,

13 SWE members are currently sitting with me in Boston Logan Airport on our way to Orlando, FL for the Society of Women Engineers National Conference. We will be meeting up with our other 3 members down there, who flew out from MIT early to represent Region F as Senator and Regional Collegiate Communications Editors in a few important meetings.

This weekend will be chock full of awesome workshops, a Career Fair, Collegiate leadership meetings, and socializing with both companies and other SWE members. See you all in a few days!

Diandra Drago
MIT Society of Women Engineers President

Monday, October 25, 2010

The SWE National Conference is November 4-6, 2010 in Orlando, Florida!  Sixteen MIT SWE members will be attending.

This is a great opportunity for SWE collegiate members to mix and mingle with other chapters across the nation, to connect with members from our national chapter and to meet professionals from the industry. In addition, there are over 100 workshops for members to attend from career explorations to outreach to membership development.

Highlights of the conference include:
-Conference keynote: Ms. Tana Utley, CTO of Caterpillar, Inc
-Region meetings
-Collegiate poster competition
-Career fair
-SWE 60th anniversay gallery
-SME bowl
-Volunteer for “Invent It. Build It.” Outreach Event 
-Celebrate SWE!

i) Remember, you must renew your membership in order to attend!
ii) The C2C program is a great opportunity for underclassmen to participate in SWE events on campus and through the region.

Friday, September 10, 2010

MIT Career Fair 2010 - SWE networking banquet

Where: Le Meridien Cambridge (next to Star Market @ 20 Sidney St) When: September 23, 2010 Event Timing: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Check-in & Networking 7:30 - 9:00 PM Complimentary Dinner You will be seated with companies based on your interests and how you rank the companies. We will do our best to seat you with one of your companies of choice, but we cannot guarantee it. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!

Click to RSVP!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Attention MIT '14s!

Apply to be on the MIT Society of Women Engineers Board!
Freshman Representative and Corporate Relations Committees are open.

Freshmen Representative: 

Freshman Representatives: Join our planning board as a freshman and get to know the other leaders in SWE. Get involved in an area that you are passionate about and work together with exec members to plan your own event. It can be in any field (i.e. outreach, company presentation, etc.)

Application: Include name, major, phone number, email address and short answers to following questions:

1.  Why are you interested in becoming a member of board or SWE in general?
2.  What ideas do you have to contribute to the members of SWE? Why would you make a good leader in SWE?
3.  Please attach resume or tell us about your relevant experiences so far.

Email application to: by Friday, September 17 at 11:59PM. 
You will be contacted for an interview after application submission. 

Corporate Relations Committee: 

Corporate Relations Committee: Join our commitee to bring more career-related events and programming to the MIT SWE community. This is a great opportunity for you to implement any ideas you have. 

Include name, major, phone number, email address and short answers to following questions:

1.  Why are you interested in joining the SWE Corporate Relations Committee?
2.  What kinds of events do you think SWE should host in partnership with companies?
3.  What would you change about the way SWE Corporations Relations does right now?  (Event types, timing, frequency, advertising, etc.)

Email application to: by Friday, September 17 at 11:59PM. 
You will be contacted for an interview after application submission. 

Contact with any questions on the positions or application.  Find more about us by browsing our website!

Friday, June 25, 2010

We hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

We recently updated our officers page to include the board members' pictures and some silly fun facts.

More information later about our orientation events!

Remember to update your resume and upload it into our resume database to reflect your exciting new summer experiences.

Tip of the month: If you are doing a summer internship, here are some suggestions to make the most out of your internship.

See you in the fall :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

General Body Meeting + Dinner from Qdoba!

WHO: You!
WHAT: General Body Meeting
WHERE: 4-370
WHEN: Thursday, April 22 6-7pm
WHY: Learn about SWE scholarships being offered and eat yummy food from Qdoba! (vegetarians, there's food for you too!)

Swing by 4-370 from 6-7pm this Thursday to learn what's up with SWE, including scholarships you can apply for (oriented towards academics, volunteering, innovation and business, and open to all MIT students). ...Or at least come to get a free dinner and catch up with (SWE) friends!

Friday, April 16, 2010

You're invited to...
MIT SWE Alumni-Relation Study break!

Time: Wednesday, April 21 6.30-7.30pm

Location: Student Center- Room 491

Seniors: come and input your ideas about how you want to get involved in alumni events as future alumni.
Non-seniors: come and hang out with dear SWE members and tell us what alumni events you are expecting.
Alumni: come and meet current SWE members, get involved in event planning, and share your experience!

And enjoy yummy THAI food.


We are still about 4 mentors short…!

As all of you know KEYS is a program targeted at middle school aged girls (age 11-14). Through our program we hope to give girls an exposure to science and engineering that they cannot get in their respective middle schools and excite them about the subjects. The long term goal is obviously to inspire them to consider a career in the field of science and engineering (and come to MIT) ;)

This semester KEYS will meet twice on a Saturday (April 17th which is tomorrow and May 8th) and each session will have about 30 girls. The sessions typically start at 10am and finish around 4pm.

To give you an example for a typical session: In our first session on Saturday we plan to build trebuchets in small groups and finish with a small competition. We will visit the lab of Sangeeta Bhatia, which conducts research on applications of micro- and nanotechnology to tissue repair and regeneration. We will be given a lab tour and do some hands-on activities. We will also go to a presentation given by the LSC about 35mm film projection (how lenses work, digital sound, etc) with demos of movie trailers. It should be really exciting and there will obviously be lots of free food and a free T-shirt for every participating mentor!

Anyways, this long introduction was meant to excite you about volunteering for KEYs in one of the two sessions or at best in both! We still need some female volunteers to help us out, ESPECIALLY THIS SATURDAY, since right now we only have 5 mentors for the 30 girls.

Email Sabine to volunteer!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A message from the president of MIT SWE

Hello MITSWE Members, and a warm welcome from the MIT Society of Women Engineers to all of you pre-frosh! I'd like to present our brand new website, created by our Director of IT, Susie Fu '12. She has done a fantastic job, and I hope that the site will prove itself to be a great resource for all of you.

I'd like to invite all of you to attend our CPW events this week! SWE is one of the biggest organizations at MIT, and we welcome students in all majors to attend our events throughout the year. Our aim is to provide a vast number of resources to MIT students as a whole, while supporting and encouraging young women to enter the field of engineering. Here is a list of our CPW events:

Friday -
*SWE Prefrosh Dinner*, 6-7:30PM, Room 4-270

*Activities Midway* Booth 8 & 9 near The Tech, 1-3PM, Dippin' Dots!

We look forward to meeting all of you at some of our events over the next few
days, and in the future! We have giveaways, delicious food and treats, and lots
of things to tell you about MIT and about SWE!

Diandra Drago
MIT SWE President

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Get ready for CPW!

SWE has our annual CPW Bertucci's dinner on Friday, April 9th at 6pm in Room 4-270.

We also have a booth at both activities fairs! Come and find us! On Saturday the 10th we have Dippin' Dots to give away at the Student Activities Fair in Johnson Athletics Center (W34).

KEYs needs mentors for their last two sessions on April 17th and May 8th! Email Sabine and Yuliya for more information about mentoring for KEYs.
Hello everyone! MIT SWE is hoping to give you the most recent updates by including blog posts on the front page of our brand new website.

The goal of the new website is to give our members an easily accessible bookmark to keep up with upcoming events and find out about MIT SWE's member resources.

Be sure to check out these features:
On the right: calendar with links for more information
Under "Resources": career tips
Under "For Members": photos, scrapbook, newsletter

If you have any suggestions or questions about the site itself, please feel free to email me here.

Director of IT