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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:

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.

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.

Reunion Weekend Meet-and-Greet

When: Friday, April 20, 3-5pm

Where: CIEMAS Atrium, 2nd floor

SWE will have a casual event as part of reunion weekend on Friday April 20th from 3 to 5 pm on the second floor of the CIEMAS Atrium. This will be a casual event where you can drop by anytime and can meet current SWE member. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Please feel free to invite your favorite faculty member, or send your suggestions to Erinn at

Student and Alumni Dinner

When: Wednesday, April 18, 6:30pm

Where: Plate and Pitchfork

Please join us for a classy dinner and the opportunity to interact with current students and a few alumni. SWE’s Alumni Dinner is on Wednesday April 18th at 6:30 pm at Plate and Pitchfork (aka Faculty Commons) located on Duke’s West Campus. To RSVP please email Erinn ( by Sunday April 15th.

St. Patty’s E-Social Hosted by SWE

This Friday, same place, same time as usual (Twinnies/E-quad area, 4-6p).  Free food etc etc as always–let’s have a great kick0off for St. Patty’s day weekend!  See you there!

Yoga w/ SWE Professionals

When: Thursday, March 29, 6-8pm

Where: TBD

The Professional Section of SWE will be having an evening of yoga with Shoba Saraiya, a SWE VP and yoga instructor. For more information, please email

Food for Thought Luncheon

When: Friday, March 16, 11-1pm

Where: Hudson 132

Interact with your Favorite Female Faculty members at this catered event on March 16, the Friday after spring break! All women faculty members in Pratt will be invited, and you are too! If you would like to make sure that you see someone in particular at the event, please put her name on this form, and thanks!

Viewing Party! Stay With It Day of Engineering

What:  FREE FOOD  +  a webcast featuring a panel of corporate leaders and successful engineers from high-powered companies and well-known universities

When: THIS Wednesday, March 14, from 6-7p

Where:  Teer 203


Women’s Weekend Lunch THIS Sunday 12-1:15p

Come join SWE and SWE alumni on East Campus in the parlors for lunch!  It’s a great, informal way to catch up with old friends, meet past section members, and enjoy food.

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