This week's SWE Section Spotlight is Rutgers SWE. After reaching out to the section's president, and requesting content for this spotlight, HQ heard from Emily Lopez, the section's public relations chair.
SWE HQ: If you could sum up your section in one paragraph, how would you do it?
EL: Rutgers SWE gives women the opportunities to achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders. We host numerous professional development events every semester with top companies in the greater New York City area, including sessions with Verizon, PSEGE, Phillips 66, and ExxonMobil. Members gain valuable skills about interviewing, finding internships, and polishing their resumes while also learning about differing industries and the rolls that engineers can play.
SWE HQ: What is your section's most knowninitiative throughout the year?
EL: We partner up with other Rutgers engineering minority societies (NSBE and SHPE)to host the annual SHE-SWE-MEET Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair, the largest student-run career fair on theengineering campus. Thisevent connects students of minority to top employers to further their career efforts. Last year, with over 40 companies and 500 students attending the career fair, Rutgers SWE received the SWE 2015 Region E Governor_Ñés Choice Award for hosting an event that aligns best with SWE_Ñés strategic and professional goals. This year, the 30stAnnual SHE-SWE-MEET Career Fair will be held on Thursday, October 1st2015 at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. If you are or know an employer who may be interested in this award-winning opportunity, feel free to reach out to Rutgers SWE.
SWE HQ: What event does yoursection host to encourage students to become a member of SWE?
EL: Rutgers SWE works to actively recruit young women to our engineering school with SWE Night! Over 50 prospective female engineering students join Rutgers SWE in a night of fun with engineering activities and presentations, including a Q&A with upperclassmen about their experiences as women engineers. Then the girls get paired off with Rutgers SWE members for a sleepover to get a feel for college dorm life.
Want to learn more about Rutgers SWE?
Visit their website:swe.rutgers.edu