Hello All! Welcome to the SWE Region G blog as run by your FY 14 Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE)! Region G is the Ohio Valley Region, which contains sections from Kentucky, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
My name is Ruth Williams, and I am the Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for Region G in FY14. I am a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering major at West Virginia University, where I am also the treasurer of our SWE section.
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The Region G Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for FY15/16 for the following positions:
Region G Secretary
Region G Treasurer
Both positions are a two year term which begin July 1st 2014 and end June 30th 2016.
Eligibility and term of office for Secretary and Treasurer
1. Must be members of the region
2. Must be either voting members of the Society or collegiate members who meet the qualifications stated in the Society bylaws for professional membership.
3. Collegiate members may be candidates if they will be members of the region and will qualify for professional membership before the start of the term of office (July1, 2014); however they must meet these requirements in order to serve. Any officer who is a collegiate member shall have the right to vote during the performance of duties in that position without gaining any additional voting rights in the region.
4. The secretary and treasurer shall serve for a term of two fiscal years – FY15/16.
In addition, there are four SWE leadership competencies that each future leader should possess to some degree: Leadership Abilities, Communication, Business Knowledge & Management, and Self-Management & Development. The SWE Leadership Competency Model describes the competencies and provides additional information on requirements and duties for each position. Please review the skills, leadership competencies, interests, and SWE experience of members you are familiar with, and use the nomination form to self-nominate or recommend appropriate candidates.
Please use the application/nomination form for the Region G Officer Application Packet . The application form contains additional information on the description of the role and requirements for the role.
Applications should be sent to the Region G Nominating Committee Chair, Helen Patricia.Applications must be received by midnight CT March 28, 2014. If you have questions feel free to contact any of the members of the Nominating Committee.
The 2014 Region G conference was a huge success! Ohio State SWE hosted the conference February 21-23, with the theme “Engineering Around the World.”
The weekend began with a Friday night social hosted by Eaton, complete with a photo booth with props.
Saturday began with breakfast and the joint collegiate and professional meeting. Region leaders were introduced, senate bills were discussed, and general updates on the region were given. This meeting ended with presentations from Case Western Reserve and West Virginia University. Both schools presented great bids to host the 2015 region conference!
Sessions began after the joint meeting. Some sessions included Climbing the SWE Leadership Ladder, Studying Abroad as an Engineer, SWE After Graduation, LinkedIn, Work Life Balance, and several CLCC modules. I personally very much enjoyed the session on Relocating for your Career!
The professional meeting and Region Council meeting took place in the morning. The collegiate meeting took place in the afternoon. After the collegiate meeting, region leaders held a meet and greet, to interact with members and answer any questions.
During the Networking lunch Colleen Layman, Director of Regions, spoke about the state of SWE. Also, many members and sections were recognized for membership and charter anniversaries.
Throughout the afternoon, many attendees did some serious networking at the career fair and got profile pictures taken for LinkedIn.
There were various fun activities attendees could participate in after the sessions. Many went on the tour of the Phoenix Bat Factory. There was also a chocolate tasting, with a wide variety of different types of chocolate. I chose to participate in SWE Trivia. Three teams of five answered questions about SWE, the Olympics, and general knowledge. Congratulations to team Been There Done That on their trivia victory
Throughout the day, sections were able to pick up their brand new Region G Banners.
There were also several contests to win conference t-shirts, and it got pretty competitive!
The banquet took place Saturday evening. As people began to arrive, groups were taken out for a tour of Ohio State’s football stadium. I have been to some pretty big stadiums, but I was amazed by how big this stadium was!
The banquet began with a speaker for the banquet’s sponsor, Marathon.
Dr. Umit Ozkan was the keynote speaker, and her story was truly inspirational. She spoke of her journey as an engineer and gave some wonderful advice, which all related to the theme of “Engineering Around the World.” On the topic of global engieering, she said that “In spite of our differences, we are very much the same as human beings.”
After the keynote speaker was the awards portion of the banquet. Among the awards was the Region G GEM award, given to Mary Ann Walsh. In her speech she told us that “Aspire, Advance, and Achieve is a cycle, and you also have to ask.” In the closing remarks, it was announced that the 2015 Region G Conference will be hosted by West Virginia University.
Thank you to Ohio State SWE and everyone else who helped make the 2014 Region G Conference a huge success, and I hope to see you all in Morgantown next year!
Region G RCCE
Region G Section Anniversary Awards
Celebrating their 10-year charter anniversary is Robert Morris University
Celebrating their 20-year charter anniversary is:
- The Bluegrass Professional Section
- Gannon University
- University of Akron
- Miami University
Celebrating their 25-year anniversary is Wright State University
Celebrating their 35-year anniversary is University of Louisville
Celebrating their 40-year anniversary is the South Ohio Professional Section
Region G Membership Anniversary Awards
Over 75 members were celebrating membership anniversaries. Celebrating 40th anniversaries are Sonya Hanczar, Beverly Bross-Kelly, Alison Haskins, and Sharon Lindquist-Skelley. Also, celebrating her 60th membership anniversary with SWE is Marion Blood.
Region G Achieving Section Award
These awards are based on a Collegiate Section’s ability to meet SWE’s Strategic Priorities of Professional Excellence, Globalization and Advocacy. All applications for this award are assigned points to determine the award levels, which are Gold, Silver, Bronze, Certificate of Merit and Certificate of Participation. We are pleased to announce that we have one Silver Award winners and one Gold Award winner for the Achieving Collegiate Section Award in 2014. The applications contained extensive detail and support to illustrate the time, effort, and creativity that went in to achieving their section goals and upholding SWE’s strategic priorities while doing so.
Achieving Collegiate Section, Silver Award: The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University received the Region G Achieving Collegiate Silver Award for 2014. The OSU SWE section supported the strategic priorities through a diverse set of events. Some highlights included The Mr. Engineer Pageant, which was a fundraiser for Columbus City Schools, a Career Fair Boot Camp, which was a joint event with Central Ohio, and a picnic for incoming freshman with other student organizations to educate them about how to get more involved with SWE.
Achieving Collegiate Section, Gold Award: Carnegie Mellon University
Receiving the Region G Achieving Collegiate Section Gold Award for 2014 is Carnegie Mellon University. They have executed many events in fiscal year 2014 that directly align with the SWE strategic priorities. Their section features events such as volunteering to repair wheelchairs, hosting their annual high school day event, executing a successful mentoring program with undergraduates, campus activity fairs, and the graduate student community “Grad Greets”.
Region G Aspiring Collegiate Program Award
University of Dayton
The Region G Aspiring Program Award is awarded to a collegiate section with the best program for career guidance, outreach or professional development. The Region G Aspiring Programming collegiate award for 2014 goes to University of Dayton.
Their program, “The GE Aviation Networking and Valerie Young Seminar” was a professional development event focused on connecting collegians in STEM fields with professionals at General Electric. This group also attended a seminar by internationally known speaker and author, Dr. Valerie Young, on the “Imposter Syndrome”. The diverse group of students and professionals, engineers, scientists and mathematicians, and males and females, were exposed to the topics of confidence and self-esteem. The key takeaway from Dr. Young was “Understand yourself, know that you can be successful, and take charge of your life”. This event harmonized with the SWE Mission by encouraging all in attendance to reach their full potential.
Region G Aspiring Professional Program Award
The Region G Aspiring Program Award is awarded to a professional section with the best program for career guidance, outreach, or professional development. The recipient for this award for 2014 is the Bluegrass Section.
Their outreach program was a joint event with the local Girl Scout section called “Girls Enjoying Math and Science”. The section presented an hour long, hands-on activity called “the Engineering Behind the Chocolate Chip Cookie”. This involved a mutli-step approach to illustrate the importance of lean manufacturing in the production of chocolate chip cookies. The girl scouts also learned about the inventor and patent agreement surrounding the cookie and also the chemistry behind baking them. This innovative outreach program related engineering with one of the girl scouts biggest fundraisers, cookie sales! They were able to reach out to nearly 50 young ladies with an interest in STEM.
Region G GEM Award
Mary Ann Walsh
The Region G Gem Award is given to a professional who has advanced and achieved successes in her engineering or technical career, has demonstrated outstanding technical excellence, and has consistently supported women in science, engineering, math, and technology. Eligible candidates must have at least 10 years of professional experience and the application for this award requires letters of recommendation from the nominator, a SWE leader, their manager and a professional colleague.
We are excited to recognize Mary Ann Walsh as the Region G GEM award recipient for FY14!
Mary Ann is a Principal Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company and a SWE life member in the Pittsburgh section. As a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, she has worked in the nuclear industry her entire career. She plays an integral role on behalf of her company with nuclear plant evaluations that are being initiated by the nuclear regulatory commission. Her diverse capabilities allowed her to experience manufacturing, casting of parts, machining, welding, material and component certification, and vendor communication.
Mary Ann has been involved with SWE since her college years and her SWE resume is highlighted with two-terms as the Region G Governor. Her passion for outreach to young women in STEM fields extends beyond SWE with support of Mathcounts, FIRST Robotics, and the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science just to name a few. She is also highly involved with her Alma Mater, The University of Pittsburgh, the American Nuclear Society, Toastmasters International, and Women in Nuclear.
Congratulations to all the Region G Award winners!