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Fall 2016 - Newsletter

Thank you for supporting our chapter of the Society of Women Engineers!  We greatly appreciate your contributions and involvement.  Please continue reading to learn more about our organization and what has happened during the past semester.

Letter from the President


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Section of the Society of Women Engineers had another strong semester. Thanks to the commitment of our officer team, involvement of our members, and support from our donors, we’ve been able to continue making an impact on our UW campus and in the community. Some notable accomplishments this semester involved placing third at the SWE National Boeing Team Tech Competition, receiving the Gold Outstanding Collegiate Section award, and hosting our first Improv-A-Do outreach event. Our recurring professional development, outreach and social events keep our members engaged in engineering. I’m proud to be our section president this year, and am excited for what SWE has in store for next semester.

This newsletter provides us with the opportunity to update SWE alumni, company representatives, the community, and students about what we have accomplished together. Thank you for your continued support and involvement!

Susan Yang

Society of Women Engineers President 2016-2017

Vice President of Outreach & Diversity

SWE outreach had a busy fall semester, with new officers eager to get involved. For the first time ever, we hosted a scavenger hunt as a joint event with Women in Computing. Teams made up of women from both student organizations ran around to different parts of engineering campus to find clues. The event concluded with everyone enjoying ice cream together at Union South. It was a fun way to get to know some of the smartest women computer scientists on campus and to introduce them to Engineering Drive.

Next semester, we will be working with SHPE and NSBE to plan the annual Diversity Spring Welcome, an event that happens each Spring semester to promote diversity around engineering campus. It will consist of a keynote speaker, round table diversity conversations with company representatives during dinner, and end with a mini-career fair.

-Alyssa Wigand

Girl Scouts
This past semester, the Girl Scout Committee put on three successful Girl Scout Patch Days: one for Brownies (grades 1-3), one for Juniors (grades 4-6) and one for Cadettes (grades 7-9). Girls learned about about waves and sounds and how they relate to science and engineering through earthquakes, music, and vibrations while working in both large and small groups, doing hands-on activities, and working through the design process. We also hosted parent brainstorming sessions to make a database of STEM activities throughout Wisconsin to create a resource for future parents to keep their girls engaged in STEM. In total there were about 115 participants, and 35 volunteers between the three days. Overall this has been a fun and successful semester. Both the girls and parents were able to have a great engineering experience. There will be three more patch days planned for next semester, and hopefully they will be just as successful! 

- Kinzie Kujawa and Michelle Lei
Engineering Tomorrow's Careers (ETC) Camp

Every year, the ETC camp committee puts together a week long summer camp that empowers high school sophomore and junior girls to explore their interests in engineering, science, technology, and mathematics through hands-on labs and activities, tours of innovative research labs, illuminating talks with COE leadership, and much more. This summer’s camp will be ETC’s 25th year and will take place on June 11-16th, 2017. Registration opened in November, and many girls have already applied through our website. It is our goal to reach as many young women as possible, so we expanded our postal mailing list to more schools in the midwest, and have been marketing via email, flyers, facebook, the SWE website, and word of mouth. We also adjusted our budget to allow 10 more girls to attend for a total of 110 campers.
If you know of any current high school sophomores or juniors who would be interested, please encourage them to apply here.

-Leah Fagerson & Cristina Uribe

ETC Camp 2016 on the football field following a tour of Camp Randall Stadium.
School Outreach

Our SWE section has continued its outreach efforts throughout the community. Our goal is to educate young women about science and engineering in fun and creative ways. This semester, we began a new partnership with the Vera Court Neighborhood Center’s Girl Neighborhood Power group. Meeting with elementary and middle school girls this fall, they became engineers and solved a number of design challenges. We also introduced a new event to Madison, Improv-a-do, which was founded at MIT a few years ago. Four teams of elementary and middle school students competed in this fast-paced, impromptu engineering competition that we offered free to the community. The teams were challenged to create, communicate, collaborate in teams and engineer their own creative solutions. We are beyond excited with the positive feedback we received about the event and are looking forward to continuing and expanding Improv-a-do this spring. We hope to reach out to even more young women and promote the science and engineering professions we are so passionate about.

Always striving to expand our outreach, we have been volunteering around the community, such as at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery for Saturday Science events, where around 300-500 people, the majority families, learn and discover about different research and design happening on campus. We are dedicated to promoting science and engineering to Madison’s youth and are optimistic for next semester’s school outreach!

-Melanie Rogers

Local elementary school students working on a project at a SWE school outreach event.
Community Service
This semester in community service we volunteered with two new events Racine Day and A USO penny war and some more annual events. Racine day was a field trip for children from Racine ages 11-18 to explore all the different types of engineering and our wonderful college campus. The Penny War this year was a combined event with IISE raising $200 for holiday care packages. Our annual events consisted of Kids Night Out and Aldo Leopold Center. Next semester, we are looking forward to the annual CSEF science fair and more outdoor volunteer opportunities.

-Morgan Kemp
SWE and IISE members with the care packages they put together for the troops.
Section Vitality
Vice President of Internal Relations
VP-Internal is in charge of our section membership and relations within the international organization. This October we had 13 of our members attend WE16 in Philadelphia with over 11,000 other women engineers from around the globe. As always the conference was an amazing opportunity to develop our professional network and learn more about personal development, how to better reach girls in our community, and how to improve our section. We even got to meet up with other Badger alumni at a breakfast with the SWE president, Jessica Rannow! Our Boeing tech team also competed at the conference and won 3rd place. Our section also received the Gold section award for larger sections, which is based off of the events and outreach our section help last fiscal year. 

We are currently planning our trip to the Region H conference in March that will be held in Ann Arbor Michigan. We hope to take around 40 members to this conference to help develop our underclassmen leadership and show them what SWE does on a larger scale.

-Madelynn Bouche

With over 80 people participating in Mentoring Committee’s Big Sib Little Sib program this Fall semester, our committee has done a lot for the newest members of SWE! Our Big Sib Little Sib (BSLS) program pairs like-majored underclassmen with upperclassmen together to create groups of 5-6 members that we call SWE families. We use a points system to keep track of how often families get together. They log their points into a spreadsheet based on where they went, how many people were there, and whether or not it was a SWE event. This encourages families to get together outside of Mentoring Committee’s planned events and gives the opportunity for the upperclassmen to reach out to their family members personally. This term, we had a total of 13 families and helped 41 freshmen engineering students find a place in SWE! We held monthly study nights starting in October and also had two social nights, a Thanksgiving Potluck and a Finals Study Jam, which we co-hosted with New Member Committee. In addition to BSLS, we hosted a peer advising night in conjunction with several other engineering student organizations, as well as a professional development event during which UW-Madison SWE alum, Lindy Couwenhoven, and Wisconsin Professional SWE Vice President, Andrea Falasco, gave presentations about transitioning from academia into the working world.

We have also spent the semester laying the groundwork for Day on Campus- a large, day-long event for high school senior women accepted to the UW College of Engineering which happens during the spring semester. We are very excited to be hosting the event in conjunction with one of the College of Engineering Admitted Student Preview Days this year. We hope this affiliation will make it possible for us to reach out to more women and show them all of the wonderful opportunities UW-Madison and SWE have to offer!

-Sage Bladow & Emilie Wille

Special Events
This semester was a busy one for special events! We kicked off the semester with Socialize at the Sett. The laid back atmosphere offered a great way for new and old members to get to know other people in SWE and see some new faces. In October we had a joint volleyball tournament with the SAE teams, SHPE and BMES. This event was well attended and a lot of fun! It also gave people a great opportunity to meet people from other engineering student orgs. Later in the semester we participated in a few classic Madison traditions of attending the farmer’s market and going late night skating at The Shell. The fall semester also would not be complete without apple picking at the nearby Eplegaarden Orchard. In November SWE walked in the annual UW Madison homecoming parade. This is always a fun event and it’s great to see so many people supporting women in engineering and showing young girls that anyone can be an engineer! Throughout the semester, we also had an ongoing Sweatin’ with SWE competition and Brunch Club once a month. We wrapped up the fall semester with some of our members running in the Run Santa Run 5k around the Capital Square. Next semester we hope to do another joint event with engineering student orgs, such as going to a Brewer’s game together, and possibly throwing a big SWE social.

-Sara Sigman & Abby Stewart
SWEsters carry the SWE banner as they walk in the 2016 Homecoming Parade in November.
SWE members and officers participated in the annual Run Santa Run 5K near the capitol building in December.
New Member Committee

New Member Committee, previously called Freshman Committee, has strived to include all of SWE’s newly joined members in hopes of providing information, community, and leadership to all those who are just getting started in our organization. This semester we had a variety of events which focused on building community, learning about SWE, and creating pathways to leadership. We had monthly dinners where we learned about all the committees and events going on, as well had officer guests to talk about their engineering experiences. Special Events and New Member committee got together for a fall bonfire to help both new and old members interact. To promote leadership and team building, we had an Adventure Learning Program come and do a ground workshop. To end the semester, we had a Holiday Study Jam with Mentoring Committee to help members relax and have a fun place to study before finals.

Members met a lot of new and old members alike, talked with upperclassmen about engineering and careers, became more involved and hopefully will be willing to take on more leadership roles in the future. Looking ahead, we’re excited to start planning for Engineering EXPO in the spring!

-Chrissy Kujawa
SWEsters in the New Member Committee at an event at Picnic Point.
Graduate Affairs

Graduate affairs this semester has continued to provide opportunities for graduate students to come together and network. Our committee is dedicated to ensuring graduate students involved in SWE have a space to discuss successes, failures, work-life balance, and long-term academic career goals, while also having fun. Events held this semester include: Trivia at the Sett with Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), a TEDTalk discussion centered around being a successful women and imposter syndrome, a free yoga session at the SERF, and an mindfulness event during Madison’s exam season. Additionally, our committee enjoys inviting undergraduates in SWE to join our events to facilitate mentorship within SWE, giving undergraduates who are interested in graduate school access to quality advice and direct connections within the graduate school.

We are present on Facebook under the group UW SWE GRAD, and there is a bimonthly e-mail sent out to the Grad Affairs Committee scheduling regular committee meetings. We'd be happy to have you on our team, grad or undergrad!

-Jaime Mortier
External Vitality
Vice President of External Relations

Our SWE section worked with many generous companies this semester. We had a variety of company sponsored events including three monthly section meetings, one super section meeting during the fall career fair, two site tours, and a mentoring chat. Thank you to all the 14 companies that have sponsored us this semester, we greatly appreciate your support! Next semester, we plan to increase our company database by networking with local companies and visiting sites in Wisconsin and Chicago. 

Any companies that are interested in becoming more involved with the UW-Madison section of SWE are welcome to visit our corporate sponsorship page here.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me directly, please email Thank you again for your continuous support of SWE!

-Amanda Salzman

Evening with Industry

EWI is just around the corner! This year it will be held on February 1, 2017 at the Lowell Center from 5-9pm. Evening with Industry (EWI) is a networking banquet annually sponsored by SWE. This event promotes networking between company representatives and engineering students in a comfortable setting, through a career fair, dinner, raffle, and awards ceremony. Students are able to interact with company representatives in a smaller, more personal setting to discuss potential career opportunities in engineering. In the past, we have had more than 20 companies and 150 students in attendance. The cost is $5 for SWE members and $8 for non-SWE members, which includes a dinner and night of fun. Tickets will go on sale the week before EWI.

Companies interested in attending can fill out an online registration form here or email Maureen at

-Maureen Duthie
Boeing Tech Team

The Boeing Tech Team had a fantastic fall semester. The team put the finished electrical testing and put the final touches on the design project which was started in the previous spring semester. The team not only put together a functional ribbon tail tester for Xymox Technologies in Milwaukee, WI, but also created a winning presentation. At the national competition in Philadelphia, the team took home third place for their prototype, receiving positive comments on their organization and management, team building, and overall use of the design process. The team held several social events this semester, including a bonfire and s’mores night, and a celebratory dinner. Currently, the team has been reaching out to companies in search for a company sponsor for next year. We hope to see many new and old faces as we kick off our next Boeing Tech Team project in January!

-Joanna Mohr
Thank You Sponsors!
Thank you to the following companies that have supported us as a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Member or been a Friend of SWE this semester!  We are so fortunate to have such close relationships with many businesses and companies, who choose to donate knowledge, time, and funds to our organization. These donations to our organization are the main reason why we are are so heavily involved on campus and in the community.
Officer Team
Please don't hesitate to contact any of our officers with
questions regarding their position or events!
Executive Officers

Susan Yang

Madelynn Bouche
VP of Internal Relations

Amanda Salzman
VP of External Relations


Megan Nelson
VP of Communications

Alyssa Wigand
VP of Outreach & Diversity

Bridget Schuessler
VP of Finance
Committee Officers

Joanna Mohr
Boeing Tech Team

Morgan Kemp
Community Service

Leah Fagerson
ETC Camp

Cristina Uribe
ETC Camp

Maureen Duthie
Evening with Industry

Chrissy Kujawa
New Member Committee

Heather Huna

Kinzie Kujawa
Girl Scouts

Michelle Lei
Girl Scouts

Jaime Mortier
Graduate Affairs

Allie Winek

Emilie Wille

Sage Bladow

Melanie Rogers
School Outreach

Abby Stewart
Special Events

Sara Sigman
Special Events

Sommer Olson
Technical Communications

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