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Introducing the 2013-2014 SWE Executive Board!

As the year rounds into a close, we have the great pleasure of introducing our 2013-2014 Executive Board members!


President: Isabelle Brogna

Vice President: Victoria Png

Secretary: Cynthia Bai

Treasurer: Katya Gorbacheva

Recruitment Chair: Claire Alligood

Public Relations Chair: Lucy Dawson

Industry and Alumni Relations Chair: Shanice Mclean

Career and Professional Development Chair: Crystal Chukwurah

Outreach Chair: Ifeoma Anyansi

Social Chair: Michelle Seywald

Webmaster: Maggie Lin


Congrats to our newest Executive Board! Thank you to all the wonderful girls who ran and everyone who showed up in support!

Engineering for Change Webinar

Alumni Homecoming Picnic

Saturday, September 22 10am – 12pm

Quad by Social-Psychology


Hello SWE! Take a break from all the activity this weekend and soak up some sun at SWE’s Homecoming Picnic and meet some past SWE alumni. The picnic will be tomorrow from 10am to 12pm and will be located on the luscious greens between Old Chem and Social-Psychology. We’ll bring some light breakfast-y foods (fruit salad, anyone?) and some things to lay on, but bring your own blanket if you can! See you there.

9/17 GBM: BD Diagnostics

BD Diagnostics will be attending our GBM on the 17th and will give a short presentation on the company and the positions for which it is recruiting at Duke. The positions are in the Manufacturing Development Program (MDP) and Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP). There will also be an info session on the 20th for BD that SWE is cohosting with Duke ACM (thats Association for Computing Machinery) which we are waiting on times/locations for.


Microsoft Opportunities

Be sure to check out the 9/10 Weekly Digest for detailed information on Microsoft internships and scholarship!  There were flyers attached to the email.


Meet Microsoft featuring IEEE

Friday, September 14th 4:30pm-6:00pm

Location TBA

Windows 8. Surface. Windows 8 Phone. Office 2013. Visual Studios. You’re invited to meet the entire Microsoft family and hear directly from your recruiter Kristie Bourne on the ins and outs of applying, interviewing and working at one of the most exciting tech companies of the year. Dinner, prizes and raffles will be present so make sure you bring your friends to enjoy this talk!


Microsoft presents: Duke Tech Fest

Tuesday, October 2nd 10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Schiciano Atrium

Attention all code-lovers, hardware geeks, and app-designing rockstars: Come stop by and demo the latest and greatest of Microsoft products with our all-star team of software developers and recruiting team! Free food, free giveaways and best of all? We’re accepting resumes for full time and paid intern positions – what else could you want during welcome week?


Microsoft will also be on campus for College Campus Interviews on 9/24-9/25, 10/1-10/3, 11/8-11/9 and Career Fairs on 9/12


And as always, if you have any questions or are curious about positions, please visit our website or email your Microsoft recruiter Kristie Bourne at!

A message from The D.E. Shaw Group

There are some financial firms where technology doesnt take a back



Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a highly

successful investment and technology development firm with an

international reputation. Students with strong technical backgrounds are

often drawn to our approach, which combines insights from quantitative

fields, software development, and finance. We offer a stimulating work

environment and colleagues from the best science and engineering

programs in the world. Our team includes Putnam Fellows, International

Math Olympiad medalists, patent holders, and hundreds of people

passionate about CS, EE, physics, and math.


The work environment at the firm is incredibly stimulating and

enriching, but surprisingly casual for the financial industry. Our

culture doesn’t fit the typical corporate mold: though were competitive

people, were not competitive with each other; youll see more jeans

than suits in our offices; and we value the academic environment that

allows us to continually learn from our colleagues.


Interested students should apply directly online:


We look forward to hearing from you, and best of luck with your studies.


Kind regards,


Human Capital | Recruiting

The D. E. Shaw group

A message from Galatea Associates:

Galatea Associates was founded by an MIT alum in 1997 and is a proven, boutique software consulting firm specializing in solutions for the world’s largest financial institutions. Galate has immediate full time and internship opportunities for Junior Associate Software Engineer positions. Submit your resume and any references on Duke E-Recruiting, and submit your transcript as well.

A message from 2009-2010 SWE President, Alaina Pleatman:

SWE Seniors,


Interested in a career that will allow you to apply your analytical and problem solving skills from engineering to the business world?  Putnam Associates, a boutique strategy consulting firm just outside of Boston, is looking for competitive applicants for full time positions starting in the summer of 2013.  Putnam specializes in providing strategic advice to some of the world’s top biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms.  Putnam clients include 9 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and 3 of the top 5 biotechnology leaders.  Though we engage in similar work as many larger consulting firms, our industry-specific approach gives our clients security in the knowledge that we are well acquainted with the current market conditions in which they compete.  This also allows us to be extremely in tune with their needs and goals – therefore we exceed in efficiency and excellence.  The diversity and technological aspects of the industry, however, keep our work exciting and engaging.


As a Duke class of 2010 graduate in Biomedical Engineering, I was hired on at the analyst level.  From the day I first stepped into the office, I have felt like part of the team.  Analysts carry responsibility immediately upon the completion of training, and employees from all levels contribute ideas to the formation of strategy.  The work is challenging and diverse.  I also enjoy the focus on the healthcare industry. Activities range from team meetings to computer model development to interaction with clients and research participants.  The culture at Putnam is excellent.  While it is very professional and professional dress is expected, the fact that analysts and associates make up almost half the company creates a fun, collegial environment.  Once I met the people, I was no longer nervous about starting a new job as I instantly felt accepted and have made great friends through work.


Two years later, I have now been promoted to the Senior Associate Consultant position, which gives me the opportunity to manage Analysts and Associate Consultants on my team. You will find that having the opportunity to gain management skills is typically rare this soon after graduation, and this makes Putnam an ideal choice for a career that prepares you for the top business schools.


Putnam allows for both professional and personal development.  While we have been ranked in the top 50 Consulting firms by for a number of years, we also rank in the top 10 for “Quality of Life”.  We work hard, but the company also stresses work/life balance.


Since starting, I can honestly say that I have had fun when I come to work – something I’m not sure I was expecting.  To learn more, visit our booth at the career fair and attend our Information Session at 5pm on September 20th in Von Canon A.  The deadline for Putnam’s resume drop is midnight on September 20th. In addition, I will be in von der Heyden from 11am to 12pm on Friday, September 21st to answer any additional questions you may have about life after Duke in general and case interviews!


Thanks for your time, and don’t hesitate to contact me!

Alaina Pleatman

Duke BME Class of 2010

SWE President 2009-2010

FEMMES is looking for volunteers

Volunteer as a counselor with FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) for an hour a week at nearby Durham public schools, or at the Saturday program here at Duke.


FEMMES is an educational outreach program that sends volunteers out to local Durham schools to lead 4th-6th grade girls through hands-on science activities.  Help out once a week with the afterschool program, once in the spring at our capstone all-day event on campus, or over the summer for our weeklong summer camp. All majors are welcome! For girls only!


Email for more information or to sign up!

Welcome [back] to Duke and SWE!

We hope everyone has had an amazing summer and is geared up and ready for the start of another year!  SWE has a lot of amazing things in the works for the upcoming year, and we cannot wait for everyone to get involved.


First up is the activities fair THIS Friday!  We are still in need of some volunteers to help us table at the Activities Fair this Friday.   Please sign up for 30 minute shifts using the Google Doc sent out in this week’s digest.  Volunteers will receive a free “I <3 SWE” shirt to wear during their shift!  If you sign up and do not already own a shirt, please email Cheryl at with your shirt size.  If you did not receive an email with the weekly digest, but would like to, please email Lucy at


Following the activities fair on Friday, SWE will be kicking off the year with our annual dinner to welcome freshmen.  All are welcome to come join SWE and the class of 2016!  This is a great chance to meet up with all of your favorite SWEeties and to meet all of our newest additions.  Meet at the Blackwell Arch directly after the Activities Fair (6:15PM), and everyone will walk over to grab dinner together on Ninth Street.  Depending on the size of the group, we’ll split off into two groups for dinner: Elmo’s and Bali Hai.


And last but certainly not least, our first GBM will take place on Monday, September 3 from 6-7PM in Soc Psych 129.  Please join us to welcome our new members and meet the newest Executive Board and stay for our annual SWEet Tooth Social where you can stay and meet your SWE Buddy after a long summer!  There will be Free Food AND Free T-Shirts! <3


Where is Soc Psych?  Soc Psych building is on the main quad. Take a right when facing the chapel and then stay on the right side of the quad. Soc Psych is the last building on the right before the quad dead-ends at the Duke Hospital/Medical School.

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