Welcome To The Region G Blog

Hello All! Welcome to the SWE Region G blog as run by your FY 15 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 Sarah Marie Robb, and I am the Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE) for Region G in FY15.  I am a first year PhD student in biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Celebrate SWE! Photo Scavenger Hunt: Photos Needed!

SWE organizes a photo scavenger hunt that each region can participate in, and here is the long-awaited list for the photo scavenger hunt…

Help Region G win the SPIRIT AWARD this year: Please submit photos to Lisa Rimpf via Governor-G@swe.org that meet these requirements as soon as possible and not later than Friday, October 24.

  1. Higher Learning: An official sign clearly showing the name of an institution of higher education (university, college, or trade school)
  2. Inspiring the Future:  Showcase an outreach event introducing 5-18 year old girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
  3. A Day in the Life: Professional engineers and scientists at work. Interesting props/equipment highly encouraged.
  4. Working Together: Photo from a joint professional-collegiate event.
  5. Mascot: Photo with a school, region, section, sports team or company mascot.
  6. Sight-seeing: Take a photo with a historical landmark. The landmark should be prominent, and please also tell us what it is. (Does not have to be from the last year)
  7. Celebrate our Success: Recognize a signature event or accomplishment from your organization. Accomplishment should have a historical context, such as a section anniversary celebration, a chartering banquet for a new section, a 5th annual golf tournament, etc.
  8. Diversity and Inclusion: Photo that highlights diversity (gender diversity, ethnic diversity, etc.).
  9. Looking Good: Show us what the successful business woman should be or will be wearing at the Career Fair. Does not have to be taken at the Career Fair, but may be.
  10. Getting there is half the fun: Photo of members traveling to WE14/ICWES16.
  11. Leadership: Take a photo with a past or current SWE or INWES Board of Directors Member.
  12. New friends from around the world: Photo with people who live at least 2000 miles from one another. Include a map with home locations indicated.
  13. I love LA!: Include a photo that shows how you will remember your visit to Los Angeles and WE14.
  14. Holiday spirit: Photo of your favorite costume at the I-scream social on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
  15. WE14 Wild Card photo: TBD. Photo requirement will be distributed at RG meeting on Wednesday


  • All photos must be taken since WE13 (November 2013 or later) unless otherwise noted.
  • All photos must include at least one member of your organization.
  • All the photos cannot be provided by the same group (SWE section, for example). Multiple sections or groups must be evident in the slide show.

Getting to Know Your Region Leaders: RCR/RCCE Coordinator Edition


  • Name: Sarvenaz Laussermair
  • School: University of Florida     
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Year: 2013
  • What is your current SWE position and what do you do?:  RCR Coordinator-Elect (assist the RCR Coordinator and prepare to take on her role after one year). Collegiate Leadership Coach (facilitate workshops and presentations to collegiate sections)
  • Involvement with SWE (years, positions, etc): I started as a freshman in college as the athletic director, and moved up as the Vice President of Internal Affairs, President, and Region D Collegiate Representative in my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year.
  • Favorite outreach event(s) you’ve done with SWE: Introduce a Girl to Engineering is an all-day outreach event we do every year at the University of Florida. We bring in hundreds of middle school girls to live a day in the life of an engineer.
  • Favorite thing about SWE: The SWE community is definitely my favorite part. My network continuously grows through SWE, and I get to meet the most inspiring and brilliant people.
  • What do you like to do outside of SWE? I’m really big on fitness and travel, and often try to combine the two. Whether it’s biking across Florida or competing in a triathlon, I love the excitement and adventure it brings.
  • Company and position: Nielsen, Engineering Emerging Leaders Associate
  •  Any advice for an aspiring engineer? When you start in any role, be insanely curious. Question things. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”, but don’t forget to find out the answer.