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Duke SWE Updates: Week of Sept 9-13, 2013


It’s now the beginning of the third week of school here at Duke University! I hope that everyone has finally settled back into the groove of classes again!

Starting with this post, I will start posting upcoming career, outreach, and social events that Duke SWE either sponsors or supports. It will feature important events for the coming week, and also future events that you can plan for in advance. This is very similar to the digest, which you receive if you’re on the Duke SWE listserv (It’s never too late to subscribe!), except that I will split events into different categories.


1. Traylor Bros Info Session and Interviews
When: September 10, 8am-4pm
Where: Hudson 132
Stop by to talk with representatives from Traylor Bros, Inc.  TODAY in 132 Hudson Hall.  They are there from 8 am to 4 pm and welcome CEE and ME majors to stop by and talk to them today.
Traylor Bros., Inc.  is looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic graduates of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Mechanical Engineering interested in the heavy civil and tunnel construction business.  Candidates should possess leadership potential, enjoy working outdoors, be problem solvers, and able to make decisions in a fast-paced environment.

2. TechConnect and Career Fair
When: TechConnect is September 10, Career Fair is September 11
Where: TBD
The annual TechConnect and Career Fair are coming up! If you would like our organization to submit your resume on behalf of SWE as a group, please send your resume to Shanice at . All SWE member resumes will be compiled onto a DVD for the events.

3. Dean & Company
When: September 10, 2013 from 5-7pm
Where: Von Der Hayden Café
What will you be doing after graduation? Be a part of the Dean difference and make your ideas count. Dean & Company consults in dynamic industries, creating a business plan for a new venture, developing growth strategies, and evaluating investments for private equity funds. Join their information session on September 10.

4. BCG Luncheon
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6pm
Where: TBD
The Boston Consulting Group will be hosting a luncheon on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:00pm. The location will be sent out in a confirmation email prior to the event. The event will be most beneficial to Juniors and Seniors who are looking for full-time and internship opportunities.

This event will allow you to network with BCG staff members, learn more about BCG, and hear why they think consulting at BCG is an exciting career. Dress is business casual attire.

If you are interested in learning more about BCG and attending this event, please RSVP here and send a copy of your resume to

Feel free to reach out to Lan Nguyen at if you have any questions!

5. Deloitte Consulting Events
Student and Employer Diversity Symposium
Date: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Where: Freeman Center for Jewish Life

Campus-Wide Career Fair
Date: Tuesday, September 11th, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Wilson Gymnasium

Deloitte Consulting Information Session
Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Fitzpatrick Center – Schiciano Auditorium A
Resume Deadline: Monday, September 16th, 2013

6. Lunch with Putnam Associates
When: Friday, September 13, noon
Where: Events Pavilion
Shanice has organized a very impromptu lunch for Friday at noon in the Penn Pavilion. Tamara, BME alumnus and associate consultant of Putnam Associates: strategy consultants to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, will be chatting with us. It will be very informal. We are not catering so SWE members have to bring their own lunch. If interested, please email Shanice at .


1. Intensive Interview Skills and Secrets Workshop
When: September 18 or 25, 2013, 6-10pm
Where: TBA
This is a 4-hour workshop led by Poornima Vijayashanker, Pratt grad and entrepreneur, for technical professionals and students looking for help with interviewing at high tech companies. In this workshop Poornima will cover the following areas:

· Getting the interview
· Interviewing Skills
· Assessing the Environment
· Negotiating an Offer

The next workshop will be held at Duke University on September 18 or 25, 2013 6-10pm. Space is limited to 30 participants. If you’re interested in participating in this upcoming workshop please fill out this application. If you cannot make it, but want us to keep you informed of upcoming workshops please provide your contact info here.
Read about how this workshop has helped Hackbright students.

2. Biomerieux Info Session
When: September 24, 6-8pm
Where: Link Seminar Room 1, Perkins
Biomerieux is a company that strives to improve public health by developing tests that carry high medical value and by bringing progress to laboratories. This event will include a short info session followed by tips on resume writing and discussions about internship opportunities.

3. Annual SWE Conference
When: October 24-26, 2013
Where: Baltimore, MD
***If you’re interested in going, please fill out this survey form:***

The Annual SWE Conference will be held in Baltimore this year from October 24-26. This conference is a great way to meet SWE members from other collegiate sections as well as professional ones. There is also a huge career fair with companies like Boeing, Proctor and Gamble, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, and lots more trying to recruit female engineers for summer internships and jobs. You don’t need to be heavily involved in SWE to go!

Historically, our section will cover the costs of travel/hotels, but if we have a lot of interest, people may be asked to pay a little out of pocket in order to maximize the number of people we can take. Meals and conference registration are NOT included, but conference will sometimes supply box meals. Registration before on/before 9/27 is $90, but if you volunteer, that amount can be cut in half.
For more information about the conference, visit:


1. Duke SWE T-Shirts!
** New shirts are in! Shirts are $5 for National SWE members and $10 for non-National SWE members. Please contact Lucy ( about purchasing a shirt. **

2. SWE Student Committees
The SWE student committees are here! Each class year at Duke will now have a sub SWE committee dedicated to organizing activities that are the most beneficial for its members. This is a new way to adapt the larger goals of SWE to the needs of the individual class years at Duke University. There is an opening for inaugural leaders to chart the course of the program for their respective years and to collaborate with the SWE executive board on issues regarding women engineers at Duke. Please contact Chisom Amalunweze at for more information.

3. Defy Gravity
When: Friday, September 20, 6:30pm
Where: Defy Gravity Trampoline Arena
4300 Emperor Blvd, #250. Durham, NC 27703

Join SWE for some fun bonding time at Defy Gravity! Tickets cost $8 per person, but there is a discount of $1 off each ticket per 10 people. If you’re interested, please email Michelle Seywald at .

4. Net Impact Nationals
Net Impact Nationals is hosting Up to Us (grand prizes include$10,000, 1st round interview with CGI U 2014,  and all paid for trips to the CGI U conference and Net Impact conference. If you’re at all interested in social enterprise, professional development, and campaigning to educate your peers on the Federal deficit, consider forming a team of 5 to compete this year!

If you have trouble finding a group, please put your name on this list:

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

Kick-off the year with career!

We’re starting the new school year off hitting the ground running!  SWE and BOW are teaming up for a Meet-and-Greet/Networking Lunch for Boston Consulting Group on September 10th from 12-2p at the WaDuke.  Stay tuned for more information or contact Izzy ( to learn more.


Additional career-related events include a happy hour with Microsoft and workshops for resume writing and interviewing, all culminating in TechConnect and the Fall Career Fair.  Check out our calendar here for more details.



Preparing to be a Post-Grad

Thursday, March 29, 6-8p      Hudson 207            Pizza will be provided!

What: An opportunity to practice (informal) interview skills with local employers, followed by a panel discussion including tips on what to expect from the transition from University to employment, how to conduct yourself professionally, interview tips, and job search tips.  This will be followed by a meet and greet dinner, with opportunity to relax, while  connecting, with and developing relationships with future prospective employers.

Why:  To provide a missing link between engineering coursework and exposure to employment.
To support female engineering students in finding their ideal discipline.
To provide professional networking opportunities to engineering students and expose them to female mentors.

A message from IBM to Duke SWE:

Greetings SWE!

IBM Global Business Services would like to invite Juniors members of Society of Women Engineers to submit their resume to IBM GBS Office Hours taking place on 3/30/12.  Please see the invitation below for details and forward on to members of your organization and any other students you feel may be interested.  This is an exceptional opportunity to get connected to IBM GBS in advance of Fall recruiting processes.

Thanks and please don’t hesitate reaching out to me should you have any questions.


IBM Global Business Services:  Submit your resume by March 15, 2012 for IBM GBS Office Hours — Connect one-on-one with an IBM Consultant and build a relationship in advance of Fall recruiting process!  For more information, please Lucy, and she will forward the email from IBM to you.



D.E. Shaw Opportunities

A message from D.E. Shaw Group:

“We’re not your average finance firm, and we know that as a Duke student, you’re not looking for an average job.  Currently, we are looking to hire a small number of truly gifted individuals with an extraordinary record of achievement for our Proprietary Junior Trader position.
Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with more than 1,100 employees.  Activities range from the deployment of investment strategies based on either mathematical models or human expertise to the acquisition of existing companies and the financing or development of new ones.  As a trader, strong quantitative and analytical abilities; extraordinary communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills; and an exceptional sensitivity to detail are essential.  Direct prior experience is not required, but some demonstrated interest in and exposure to financial markets is a decided advantage.

Interested students should apply directly through our website at  Please note that this is the only place you need to submit an application in order to be considered for openings at the D. E. Shaw group.

Our culture doesn’t fit the typical corporate mold: we prize ideas over hierarchy, we embrace collaboration, and you’ll see more jeans than suits in our offices.  It’s an environment where you can enjoy stability and access to numerous resources without sacrificing that start-up mentality.  From free museum memberships to on-site wine tastings, the firm tries to facilitate personal growth for our employees in addition to fostering their professional development.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Best of luck with your studies!”

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