Boeing Tech Team

What is Boeing Tech Team?

The Boeing Tech Team is the UW-Madison Society of Women Engineers’ design team that competes in the SWE Team Tech competition sponsored by Boeing. It is a national SWE competition where teams from universities across the country partner with a company and carry out a design project. This competition emphasizes the importance of teamwork and interface with industry in the engineering educational process. Teams may consist of up to 12 members and must complete a project over the course of 6 months (January – June). Chosen teams will present their completed project at the SWE National Conference in the fall.

Interested in collaborating with a company and designing a project from start to finish?

Summer meetings are held every two to three weeks. For more information contact Geetha Mohan (

What happens in the Fall?

The fall semester is devoted to seeking out project options and deciding who to work with for the rest of the year. Most of the team’s time will be spent emailing companies and explaining what Boeing Tech Team does. Since this is something that’s done every year, we have a list of company contacts and template emails to streamline the process. To maximize time spent on the project we try to finish emailing all the companies by late September. So this is the perfect time to get involved!

Boeing Tech Team Weekly Meeting

Boeing Tech Team’s 2021 Project

Chemicals, such as quaternary ammonium compounds (QUAT), are often used in the food service industry to sanitize tables and surfaces to kill bacteria that may cause food-borne illnesses. In order for the chemicals to effectively destroy bacteria and not pose a health risk to humans when consumed, their concentration must be within a certain range. Current test methods are difficult to use, and the results produced can vary based on many factors. Georgia-Pacific has decided to collaborate with the University of Wisconsin-Madison SWE Boeing Tech Team to create a new QUAT testing method that is accurate, inexpensive, reliable, and easy to use. The new method aims to reduce errors in the color interpretation of QUAT strips. The team is developing a phone application that will be able to quantify the colors of the reference and unknown strip using RGB values and then inform the user of their QUAT solution’s concentration range.

Meet the 2021 Boeing Tech Team Officer!

Geetha Mohan

My name is Geetha Mohan and I am currently a Junior studying Chemical Engineering. This is my first year as a SWE Officer! I’m excited to learn new things and being able to share them with others.

Meet the 2021 Boeing Tech Team Elect!

Madeline Morrel

My name is Madeline Morrell and I am currently a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. I’ve been involved with the Boeing Tech Team since the Spring 2020 semester and I’m very excited to take on this new role! I’m hoping for this project to revolve around sustainability and I’m aiming for it to cater to the team’s overall interests and goals. I’m thrilled to be able to learn new things through this role and to share engineering experiences with others

Boeing Tech Team’s 2020 Project

This year, the Boeing Tech Team will be collaborating with AbbVie. AbbVie is a research driven biopharmaceutical company. With over 30,000 employees across the globe focuses on coming up with new approaches to today’s health issues – from life threatening illness to chronic conditions. AbbVie targets difficult-to-cure diseases to leverage their expertise and create solutions that have a positive impact on patients’ lives and society.

An AbbVie plant continuously emits 1000 liters per day of trisodium phosphate with a concentration of 2% (by weight, in water) into the lake. However, discharge of phosphates into freshwater lakes contributes to a process known as eutrophication which induces excessive growth of algae. Site engineering wishes to treat the waste stream such that no more than 2 pounds per day of inorganic phosphate enters the lake. Our project is to design a process that produces a clarified waste stream which meets the phosphate restriction.

Thank you to our Boeing Tech Team Sponsors

Wisconsin Engineering Student Council (WESC)
Dr. Carrie Laboski for her generosity in lending us her laboratory space


Boeing Tech Team’s 2019 Project

Last year our Boeing Tech Team worked with Mortenson to develop a tool to perform a nondestructive test of the firestopping insulation installed around wall penetrations. To perform a proper destructive test, the product needed to measure the depth and thickness of the caulk by manually ripping apart the installed caulk. Thank you Celina Ough for leading the team!

Founded in 1954, Mortenson is a U.S. based builder, developer, and provider of energy and engineering services committed to helping organizations move their strategies forward. Mortenson’s expanding portfolio of integrated services ensures that its customers’ investments result in high-performing assets.

Boeing would also like to the WOLDT family and the Wisconsin Engineering Student Council for their generous contribution to the project!

Mortenson Construction

Mortenson Plant Tour