NEWSLETTER — FALL 2018
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
WE18 SWE-OC MEETUP
WE18 SWE-OC DESSERT DEBRIEF
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT KRISTAMIGUEL
FY19 PLANNING DAY
INTRODUCTION TO SWE-OC
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
BOD / BOT INSTALLATION
APPLIED MEDICAL TOUR
DINNER MEETING: INCLUSION MINDSET
DOG BEACH CLEANUP
EVENING WITH GWYNNE SHOTWELL
CBU RESUME WORKSHOP
FALL COLLEGIATE TRAINING
GIRL SCOUTS STEM EXPO
SAVE THE DATE
WE18 CONFERENCE LET’S BREAK BOUNDARIES! The annual society – level conference in Minneapolis did not disappoint! Over 14,000 attendees enjoyed sessions on professional development, outreach, and work-life balance, technical talks and networking celebrations. The career fair was also a massive success, with many collegiate and professional attendees getting on-the-spot interviews and offers. Last but not least, the annual Invent It Build It outreach event had nearly a thousand attendees! If you missed it, get ready—WE19 is in Anaheim, CA next year and is sure to be the best conference yet! - Natalie White
WE18 SWE-OC MEETUP The WE18 meetup at The Newsroom was a great way to catch up with SWE-OC members during the conference! Professors, professionals, moms, and fellow and previous SWE-OC members talked about the inspiring keynote speakers, various sessions they attended so far, and what they planned to do for the rest of their conference visits. - Sangavi Pari
WE18 DESSERT DEBREIF We met up at the Melting Pot in Irvine to debrief the WE18 conference. Members who attended WE18 discussed their experiences, and members who did not attend the conference got a glimpse of what the national conference consists of. - Jacqueline Medina
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT — KRISTA MIGUEL Krista Miguel graduated with an Electrical Engineering BS and Math Minor from California State University, Fresno in May 2017 and is an Assistant Power Engineer at City of Anaheim Public Utilities on the Underground Conversion Team where they choose areas within Anaheim City Limits and go through the design and construction process to underground the overhead lines, and runs Anaheim's new HPS to LED street lighting replacement program. She was president and treasurer of SWE during her time at Cal State Fresno, and recently joined SWE-OC and quickly stepped up as our Outreach Chair for FY19. Krista’s favorite part about SWE is meeting other strong, motivating women. Engineering is hard, being a minority in engineering is harder. It is encouraging for her to see all the other successful women out there representing the strength and power that women can bring to the engineering field. She also loves doing K-12 outreach and introducing engineering to students, particularly elementary aged girls. Her future goals include passing the PE exam in 2019 and working toward a promotion. She wants to stay involved in the SWE OC Board, practice her public presentation skills, and get more involved with our collegiate sections. In her free time she enjoys her furry felines Charlie and Mabel, runs half marathons, and is currently training for her first full marathon at Disney World in 2019! She also enjoys going to Disneyland, to the beach, shopping, and watching football.
FY19 PLANNING DAY Your SWE Orange County Executive Committee and Board members work hard to make sure the fiscal year is full of professional development, networking, and outreach events for our members to attend! At the beginning of the fiscal year, we meet for the better part of a day to talk about plans for the upcoming year.
This year we had a lot of new faces who were ready and willing to step up and take on new leadership positions, which was really exciting because it meant new energy, new ideas, and new connections that help us serve our members better. One big decision we made was to forego the Professional Development Conference that SWE-OC has held annually for many years. While it has been a successful event in the past, we knew that the WE19 Host Committee’s responsibilities would start to ramp up about the same time as the PDC was wrapping up, and we didn’t want our leadership to burn out since the same people would likely be involved in both. We also decided that we wanted to focus on member engagement and retention, and of course wanted to keep our Girl Scout outreach event. Want to be involved in big decisions like this? Join our monthly planning meetings or contact SWE OC Nominating Chair, Laura Novak-Roesgen. - Natalie White
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INTRODUCTION TO SWE-OC The Introduction to SWE-OC was a full house! This event was held for anyone interested in taking on a leadership role or joining a committee within SWE-OC. Networking and dinner was followed by an "Introduction to SWE-OC" presentation given by FY18 president, Roxana Carrillo.
- Sally Soltero
ICE CREAM SOCIAL SWE-OC kicked off the new year with an ice cream social to welcome our new members and encourage those who wanted to check out what SWE is about. Plus enjoy some ice cream cones and sundaes with new friends This event reminded me of the ice cream socials I enjoyed as a college student. - Laura Novak-Roesgen
SWE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND TRUSTEES INDUCTION SWE's Board of Directors and Board of Trustee Installation was held in Redondo Beach, CA at the Portofino Hotel. Other society-level meetings were held throughout the weekend, including Nominating Committee planning meetings and LCC training. Penny Wirsing, Environmental Manager at Torrance Refining Company LLC and newlyinaugurated SWE President, shared her inspiring story of breaking gender boundaries and overcoming adversity to become an engineer by attending Michigan State University as a working single mom, and how SWE helped her connect with like-minded women and gave her a network that helped her push on toward success. - Natalie White
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YAKULT TOUR SWE-LA and SWE-OC took a trip through Yakultâ€™s state-of-the-art facility. We saw how Yakult is made and learned more about probiotics! We also got to see how the factory makes, fills, seals and packages the iconic little bottles. The facility can produce 400,000 bottles a day, every one of them packed with billions of Yakult's exclusive probiotic strain, L. casei Shirota. - Sally Soltero
BLIZZARD TOUR The Blizzard Entertainment campus is in the heart of Irvine and is huge, with over 20 buildings and entrance requires prior approval. We toured a handful of the buildings in the span of 2 hours, starting with the Blizzard museum. Throughout the campus are life-sized or larger statues of Blizzard game characters. These statues are made by a full-time sculptor on the Blizzard campus and can be seen at most gaming events and conventions. We saw the center where they track and analyze gaming logins (the game with the most is Hearthstone), learn a bit about the principles that Blizzard runs by (ex: play nice!) and saw the audio/ music engineering department. The tour ended in an in-house theatre room where we were introduced to the most popular Blizzard games. The tour clearly displayed the diversity and inclusivity of Blizzard, where dressing comfortably and displaying your passions are encouraged. It was also a pet-friendly campus, so a normal work day at Blizzard includes a lot of corgis. This event drew a lot of students and members who were computer scientists or were passionate about the games developed at Blizzard. - Selen Alper
APPLIED MEDICAL TOUR Applied Medical hosted eight members of the Society of Women Engineers - Orange County on Thursday, November 8th for a technical tour. The first hour of the tour was spent with two members of the Clinical Development team who gave a product overview.
The following hour was spent with two members of the Process Engineering team who gave a walking tour of the campus. The event ended with a delicious lunch prepared by Applied's in-house catering team. A huge thank you to SWE-OC's Selen Alper and Applied Medical's Dominic Scarantino for making this tour a success! - Sally Soltero
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DINNER MEETING — INCLUSION MINDSET Erin McConahey, PE FASHRAE LEED BD+C, joined SWE-OC for a dinner meeting during which she spoke about equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ms. McConahey is an accomplished mechanical engineer with over 20 years of work in the Los Angeles office of Arup, a global engineering firm. She has spent six years as Arup’s Diversity and Inclusion Advocate for the Americas Region. During that time she developed a no-nonsense, no blame way of helping people understand how unconscious bias has created practices that predispose only some people for success and what to do to reverse patterns of microinequity by changing organizational systems. Laura was the lucky raffle winner of a complimentary dinner for two at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. Organized by Hauna and hosted by Avocet Environmental, Inc., the dinner meeting was a huge success!
FAMILY FRIENDLY DOG BEACH CLEANUP SWE-OC met at Huntington Dog Beach on a Sunday afternoon for a beach cleanup. This family-friendly event allowed us to get rid of trash and animal waste that can be dangerous not just for ocean life but also for dogs and their owners visiting the beach. Children, collegiates and professionals joined in and there was an excellent turnout at this event!
- Sally Soltero
EVENING WITH GWYNNE SHOTWELL Gwynne Shotwell, mechanical engineer and President of SpaceX, came to Loyola Marymount University to speak to students, faculty, and professionals in the local community about her role in SpaceX and her inspirational life experiences. The event included LMU SWE members, Harvey Mudd SWE students, SWE LA and SWE OC Professionals, Women in Defense Local Chapter, LMU engineering students and faculty,
and other community professionals. Gwynne shared her biggest successes at SpaceX, what made her choose engineering, challenges she has faced, and her advice for young engineers. Her speech was inspirational for all in attendance regardless of what level they were at in their collegiate or professional career.
- Krista Miguel
- Sally Soltero
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CBU RESUME WORKSHOP The CBU Resume Workshop, organized by SWE leadership coach Evelyn Fairman and led in person by Sangavi Pari and Eva Cheung, provided Cal Baptist University students direction on how to create a solid resume. SWE OC mentors outlined resume formatting, organization, and word choice. They also went over interview tips, career fair dos and don'ts, and professional dress code. After the presentation, Sangavi and Eva corrected student's resumes. - Sangavi Pari
FALL COLLEGIATE TRAINING Training SWE Collegiate sections on identifying section leadership roles and responsibilities, recognizing the overall SWE management structure, familiarize officers with governance documents and procedures, inform them of the resources available to help collegiate sections.
A total of six collegiate sections attended SWEOC’s Fall Collegiate Training hosted at California State University Fullerton. In spite of the rainy morning and the long drive for a few of the sections, the collegiates showed up early and eager to learn. After the first half of the presentation we gave them a few minutes to interact and get to know each other. They were asked to introduce an officer from a different section as a way to recognize faces and names. The second part of the training was a lot more interactive as each section shared their planned events for the year.
They also shared what their section’s challenges, like member retention, involvement and commitment, ad well as their struggles with funding. They shared ideas on problem solving, motivating active current members and recruiting new ones. Everyone was friendly and helpful, they were eager to help and support each other. We really cannot wait to see them in the Spring, hoping they have stories of successful events and share their lessons learned. - Lorenia Jimenez
HERSTORY SUMMIT & MENTOR LUNCHEON The HerStory Mentor Luncheon at UCI brought forty 8th and 9th graders from Santa Ana, Long Beach, Compton and LA to hear 50 local professionals from the area to share career advice, stories and backgrounds. It was a part of a week-long Summit hosted by UCI and Global G.L.O.W. and was the 2nd annual event. Three or four professionals were seated per table, along with three girls, who were given a “bingo” card of questions to help start conversations around career advice and stories. After lunch, the girls rotated through 3 stations to hear from more professionals. The event wrapped up with 5 girls sharing some of the lessons and stories they learned. -Kate Steuer
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GIRL SCOUTS STEM EXPO The STEM expo set up by the Girl Scouts of Orange County is a huge opportunity for Juniors and Cadettes to do hands-on engineering activities and meet women engineers from a variety of fields and industries. SWE OC set up a table and did a LEGO earthquake building challenge. SWE OC members also signed up for time slots at the Career Corner where girls could approach and ask questions about engineering. They panel had a mix of software, mechanical, aerospace, civil and electrical engineers and the scouts and their leaders were excited about the role models who contributed to the event! - Natalie White
ANDERSEN ELEMENTARY ENGINEER VISIT Mrs. Gladstone-Lamas is a 4th grade teacher at Andersen Elementary. She contacted SWE-OC to see if anyone could come speak to her class about being an engineer. SWE OC Internal Vice President, Natalie White, volunteered to go. She talked about what itâ€™s like being a Software Engineer, what you need to learn to become one, the different types of companies you could work for, and the other fields of Engineering that could be available to students if they choose and stick with STEM education and activities. The students were very receptive and asked lots of great questions! - Natalie White FY19 OFFICERS
SAVE THE DATE! December 4, 2018 December Planning Meeting December 8, 2018 Holiday Party
President Sally Soltero email@example.com Internal Vice President Natalie White firstname.lastname@example.org
March 15-16, 2019 WE Local Denver March 9, 2019 Girl Scouts Engineering Day April 5-6, 2019
External Vice President Rachel Rosenzweig email@example.com Treasurer Sangavi Pari firstname.lastname@example.org
WE Local Bellevue May 14, 2019 Spring Collegiate Training May 18, 2019 Awards and Recognition Banquet
Secretary Selen Alper email@example.com Newsletter Chair Natalie White firstname.lastname@example.org