Idaho’s Society of Women Engineers
(SWE) student chapter was instrumental in the successful Women in Engineering Day which took place on October 21.
Forty-three high school students came to campus for an exciting day which included a team design project, a tour of eight different engineering research labs, a panel discussion with five successful female engineers and a highly engaging presentation of why our students chose engineering and what it means to them.
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SWE members who took time from their busy schedules to participate in this meaningful and exciting outreach activity were: Christina Jordan (SWE president and civil engineering student), Staniela Nikolova (chemical engineering student), Marliese Breuer (civil engineering student), Valerie Barry (electrical engineering student with a computer science minor), Mary O'Brien (materials science and engineering student), and Caitlin Oswley (mechanical engineering student).
Their enthusiasm was contagious and the entire day was a huge success for everyone.
Special thanks to our esteemed panelists that included: Shannon Fuchs ('91 Chemical Engineering), plant manager at Idaho Forest Group; Aicha Elshabini
, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and SWE faculty adviser; Amanda Battles, U-Idaho Mechanical Engineering graduate student; Monika Murugesan, lead software engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.; and Denise Bauer
, professor of Mechanical Engineering.
"I met some really awesome students and learned a lot about
the University of Idaho. I’m definitely coming here."