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Society of Women A S P I R I N G T H E L E G A C Y O F A F U T U R E G E N E R AT I O N


The Society of Women Engineers helps foster professional, organizational, and networking skills that aid students in their quest of pursuing their various goals no matter what they may be by apsiring, advancing & achieving.

Creating connections and inspiring minds.

E-Swamp 2013 was a huge success. The event is designed to help introduce freshman and transfer students to the University of Florida campus, college of Engineering, and its own chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. The activities ranged from a faculty panel discussing ways to get involved in the students’ various disciplines, kicking off the SWE’s mentoring program, fair workshops

from the Career Resource center, and fun games and activities that the attendees could participate in. Many of the upperclassmen came to simply volunteer and help organize the event. “E-Swamp is an annual event, so many of us feel connected to the freshmen when we see them experience the same thing we did,” student Sahar Kausar said. E-Swamp was a memorable experience.

SWE’S Mentoring Program The Society of Women Engineer’s mentoring program, also known as Big

Gator/Little Gator contributes a lot to the organization by building connections between upperclassmen and lowerclassmen. Almost all of the students found it beneficial due to the fact that they were paired up with a more experienced individual in their major or study of interest that allowed each swe member to expand their horizons.

On October 10th from 7-9 p.m. in Marston L107 we will be having an official revealing of mentors and mentees. Come out and play team building games! Drinks will be provided!

The inside scoop from our faculty advsior and section leader


Dr. Helena Hagelin-Weaver is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept. here at UF. She always had a passion for chemistry and mathematics growing up, and found chemical engineering as the perfect way to combine the two. Dr. Weaver grew up in Sweden and attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She came to UF to work on her post-doc and then began working here directly after.

Many female professors decide not to have children, but Dr. Weaver encourages rising female engineers not to let a full time career stop you if that is something you want. As a mother of two girls, she is able give insight on the balancing both family and career. While being a professor allows her flexibility, it also isn’t a 9-5 job; the work often follows her home. However, as a professor, you are able to choose the projects you work on and determine your schedule more than many careers. She also encourages that there are many resources, including fellow professors, that she can use as a resource. Overall, though she never intended to follow the route of being a professor, she is very happy with her decision. Being a professor allows creativity and the chance to make what you want out of your career unlike most conventional paths. copy by: kathleen hencke, swe president

Upcoming Events -UF Career Showcase - Wednesday, October 2nd from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the O’Connell center. -SWE’s Evening with Industry - Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Ustler Hall. -Southern Company Info Session - Tuesday, October 8th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Reitz Union, 361. -IBM Info Session - Wednesday, October 9th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in McCarty A, Room 1142. -SWE National Conference - October 24th to October 27th. Next general body meeting: Tuesday, October 8th at 6:15 p.m. UF Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Getting involved

Making connections

Swe’s beat shirt social

President Kathleen Hencke Vice President of Internal Affairs Elizabeth Volpe Vice President of External Affairs Jessica Poulsen Corresponding Secretary Kelsey Gardner Recording Secretary Erin Winick Treasurer Emily Jacobus

Society of Women Engineers October  
Society of Women Engineers October