Florida Section Member Goes to Washington

During Women's History Month, Central Florida Section member Paula Stenzler was encouraged to attend SWE's Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.  A member of SWE's government relations and public policy committee, Stenzler is a director of engineering and quality control, technical services, NBC Universal, Orlando.  She participated in the 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM congressional meetings sponsored by the Society, along with 29 other engineering organizations across the nation signing on as cosponsors.

While there, she met with U.S. Representatives Daniel Webster (R-Florida) and Ruben Hinojos (D-Texas), as well as staff members from U.S. Senaztors. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) offices and other Capitol Hill members to discuss the need for government support for diversifying the STEM fields.

Hinojosa invited Stenzler to participate in the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Outreach Program.  HESTEC has evolved as a national model for K-12 education that serves as a pipeline for future professionals in STEM.

In the last seven years, the Society has stepped up its public policy efforts to educate and engage Congress on three main issues: strengthening STEM education; applying Title IX to STEM fields; and affirmative action/equal opportunity.

Carolyn Bonaventura
Secretary – CFL SWE