An update on some cool things Pratt females are up to this summer!
Three Pratt women are participating in a Duke Engage independent program in Perú this summer volunteering for an organization called WindAid. The organization builds wind turbines and gives them to Peruvian households without access to grid electricity. The organization is currently holding a fundraiser to raise funds for a test center in one of the communities that they frequent. The test center will be used to educate community members about how to maintain their turbines if problems should arise, but also other aspects such as teaching new recipes and means of nutrition to community members and educating children on the importance on living sustainably.
Here’s some more info from WindAid if you’re interested, and the link to their website: www.kickstarter.com
They’re working with the Playa Blanca community and a joint team from WindAid and they’ve already put in the posts, walls and a temporary roof to the first three rooms. Phase 1 should be completed in November 2016 to provide a basic facility and the workshop will be fully operational by early 2017.
To raise the funds, WindAid’s first crowdfunding event is aiming for $35,000 by 4 July 2016. At the time of writing 96 backers from across the world had pledged over $7,800, for rewards from classic Peruvian handicrafts to a full month’s installation program. The level of support not only from people with a connection to WindAid, but also those who recognize the value of the workshop has been an inspiration to the project team.
WindAid Institute´s new event has been selected by crowdfunding site Kickstarter as a Project We Love. This is a fantastic endorsement of a vital project giving sustainable, reliable energy to a remote fishing village in northern Peru, Playa Blanca.
– WindAid Institute website – http://www.windaid.org/
– Kickstarter campaign page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/175612109/building-the-playa-blanca-community-wind-workshop
– WindAid Facebook page – https://bg-bg.facebook.com/WindAidInstitute/
– Contact Danielle Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information!
A big congratulation to our senior SWE members who graduated this May! And especially to our exec members Isabelle Brogna, Claire Alligood, Lucy Dawson, and Ifeoma Anyansi! Thank you for all the hard work and dedication that you’ve all put into SWE both this year and over the years at Duke. We are grateful for all that you have done, and will miss you dearly!
SWE exec members Katya (left) and Cynthia (right) taking a picture with Isabelle (center) and her newly-received diploma! PC: Cynthia Bai.
Elections for executive positions will be on 2/25. The available positions are as follows:
– Secretary (absorbs administrative tasks of webmaster)
– Outreach (in the future should have more responsibility with Voyager)
– Professional Development and Company Relations Chair (hybrid of Industry/Alumni and Career/Professional)
– Membership Chair (hybrid of Recruitment, Social, PR, absorbs public tasks of webmaster)
Make sure to email email@example.com your platform by 2/23 if you are interested in running for a position!
Duke Society of Women Engineers
Executive Council Meeting
9/23/2013 6:00pm Social Sciences 113
– Pratt in Focus – October 19, 1-2:15
– CMA funding for second semester
– SWE Calendar/Duke Groups
Outreach Officer (Ife)
– Boeing fellows program – $4,000 – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– Habitat for humanity build – 10/19 – Sign up before too late (see digest)
– Technoquest – 11/16 – Sign ups live this week (see digest)
Industry and Alumni Relations Officer (Shanice)
– SWE Tailgate Saturday
Academic and Professional Development Officer (Crystal)
– NC State Career Fair – check digest or email email@example.com for more info
Public Relations Officer (Lucy)
– Shirts! 5$ for national SWE members and 10$ otherwise, cash only
Social Events Officer (Michelle)
– Social chair updates
– Like our Facebook page! (and tell your friends to as well!)
Vice President (Victoria)
– Conference Information
WELCOME BACK TO DUKE!
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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
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.
Feel free to reach out to Lan Nguyen at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
UPCOMING CAREER EVENTS
1. Intensive Interview Skills and Secrets Workshop
When: September 18 or 25, 2013, 6-10pm
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:*** https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16IPX_tsa-7AOB02K-vbaH1Uz71IoSDOzJbRyLZq9YGI/viewform.
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: http://we13.swe.org/.
DUKE SWE ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com .
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:
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!
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.
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.