Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Painting

It is always fun to have a stress reliever in the midst of midterm exams--what better way than to paint pumpkins and eat cookies!

 The girls got creative with their paintings--Rachel is in the Halloween spirit!

Sarah and her minion pumpkin

We were able to call on our artistic sides that we don't typically do in engineering courses.

What a work of art!!

The finished products. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Texas Instruments Lunch

Michelle Gibbons, an Account Manager at TI, and Blaine Strickland, a Fields Applications Engineer at TI, spoke to a group of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineers about their different full time rotations as well as internship opportunities. 

Several students from both SWE and IEEE were asked to come back for interviews the following day.

First Welcome Meeting

First SWE meeting of the Year! This year's President Kelly Kennedy kicked off our meeting with everyone's favorite - pizza!

The girls (and boy) were able to reconnect over refreshments anxiously awaiting while our recent Alum and former SWE board members, Rachel and Ari, made the commute back out to Amherst.

First to arrive was Rachel Roberts (UMass 1'4) who now works at Raytheon and lives in Boston.  Rachel gave us a great overview of her transition from UMass life to industry and was able to give us some tips.  She was able to give us some great advice about managing finances as well as maintaining a good work-life balance.

Ari Barrenchea (UMass '14) arrived shortly after and shared her experiences she has had thus far working at Pratt and Whitney.  She expressed her enthusiasm when she would watch engines she helped to design and produce succeed in various tests.

Presidents and VP's - Past and Present! Rachel, Ari, Kelly, and Tiffany

Monday, April 7, 2014

SWE Region F Conference!

This year, SWE was able to send 17 girls to the Region F Conference! We were able to network, participate in workshops, and attend the career fair!

from the left: Friska Elizabeth and Deanna Oliviera

Here Tiffany Jao networks with a recruiter!

Our girls in the 'Product Development & Innovation' workshop!

The girls worked together in a team building exercise! Two were blind-folded while two others gave instructions.
The final product!

It was such a great and fun time at the Region F Conference! 
The next conference is the National SWE Conference held in Los Angeles, CA October 23-25th!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bev Schultz, author of Skip the Typing Test - I'll Manage the Software: One Woman's Pioneering Journey in High Tech

Bev Schultz gave a great presentation on women in the engineering/technology industry!

She has moved up multiple times in various companies!

A big thanks to Bev for sharing with us her journey in engineering field!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dinner with SWE Hartford Professionals!

SWE Hartford invited the UMass SWE Chapter to Dinner!

We had a great time networking and asking questions about industry!

From left to right: Deanna Oliviera, Rachel Roberts, Kelly Kennedy

We had a great time and thanks to SWE Hartford Professionals for inviting us to have dinner with them!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Ellen Ferraro from Raytheon! Learning about Systems Engineering

Ellen Ferraro teaching us about another career option for all Engineering majors, Systems Engineering!

Graduate School or Industry?

"Engineering is an Art"

A big thanks for Ellen for coming out to speak to us!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Graduate Student Panel

Last week, SWE held the Graduate Student Panel where undergraduate can learn more about choosing between industry or graduate school. 

Here graduate student, Michelle, gives advice about her experience
Graduate students discuss their studies and sources of funding

SWE is also offering to pair up Graduate mentor with undergraduate mentees! Please email us if you are interested in either at

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day cookie decorating and elections for 2014-2015!

To start off the new semester, the SWE girls started sweet and decorated cookies and held elections! 

Congratulations to the our new SWE board member of 2014-2015!

Kelly Kennedy

Vice President
Tiffany Hua

Rachel Unger

Divya Reddy

Event Planner
Friska Elizabeth

Conference Coordinator
Deanna Oliveira

Freshman Coordinator
Elizabeth Cole

Social Chair
Jennifer Greene

Alumni Coordinator
Emily Kirby & Shannon Beaton

Girls signing in and joining our email listing!

Here Elizabeth Cole presents her speech for Freshman Coordinator

On the left, Rachel Unger presents her speech

Delicious cookies!

YUM :)

Too good to eat!!

Thank you all for coming! It was great to meet you all! 

Our next event is the Graduate Student Panel on Thursday the 27th of February at 5PM in Elab 304. Come ask questions about grad school and see if grad school is the right choice for you!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Girl Scouts Day for High School Girls

This past weekend SWE was able to help out with Girl Scouts Day for High School Girls. SWE members helped individual girls with making their own E-textile projects. Here are some pictures with their project and some of the volunteers! :)

Next Girl Scout Day is April 26th. We will also be helping girls with projects and promote women engineering in the local community!