Hello fellow SWEsters, my name is Ingrid Arambula and I am a Chemical Engineering major with a Geology minor. I am one of two Region Collegiate Representatives (RCR) for Region C this year. I first joined SWE at the University of Houston three years ago as the Outreach Chair. I absolutely loved this position because I was able to combine the two things I love most, which are outreach programs and teaching. Last year I became section President through which I learned and practiced being a student leader. This year I transferred to Texas Tech University and am now an RCR for our region. I am absolutely enjoying being an RCR because I am able to oversee all the collegiate sections. As RCR my role is to answer all your questions and bring together sections ideas.
1. What is your profession? College/degree?
“Hi! My name is Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble and I am an Aerospace Engineering PhD Student at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). I have been involved in SWE since I was a sophomore at Purdue where I served as the Community Service Chair, then the Programs Director, and ultimately the Vice President. When I came to UT-Austin, I wanted to stay connected with SWE and got involved with our Grad SWE Committee. I served as the Committee Co-Chair for two years, helping to increase participation and organize innovative events for the UT-Austin engineering grad students.
Now, I serve as the FY14 Regional Conference Coordinator for the National SWE Graduate Student Community. Our goal is to help graduate students find a network within SWE at a National level. This includes developing programming of interest to graduate students for the national and regional conferences as well as webinars. I am also involved in Region C as the Graduate Student Community representative. My goal here is to increase awareness, representation, and participation of graduate students within Region C. It is hard for graduate students to find a community within SWE, because many of us feel we’re not really collegiates any more, but neither are we professionals.
I could really use everyone’s help in generating a list of any Graduate SWE Committees or groups at the collegiate sections of Region C.
If you know your local collegiate section has a Women in Engineering Program (or similar name) could you please send me the contact information for the director?
If you know your local collegiate section has a SWE graduate student group, could you please send me the following information:
(1) What is the name of the group?
(2) What collegiate section is it a part of?
(3) Who are the leaders/directors/chairs of the group? (and their contact information)
Also, in general, if any of the collegiate or professional sections know of graduate students (or, if you’re a grad student!) who are involved with SWE, we’d like to start getting a database together of people we can call upon for being panelists and speakers or a part of the National Grad SWE community. Please send me their contact information, or you can provide my information to them (below).
Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer!”
Katharine Brumbaugh Gamble
Hi SWEsters!! As all of you already know, my name is Paola Betancourt and I’m a senior civil engineering major at Texas A&M University. I am currently the RCCE for Region C and I also hold a position at SWE-TAMU. Here is a picture of me at the conference in Baltimore, Maryland!
A little more about me: Besides being the RCCE for Region C, I am also involved with SWE at Texas A&M. Last year I was the Historian and I was also part of the SWE12 Committee (a high school outreach program) and I was a Summer Camp Counselor (for middle school girls). This year I am the FLAME Chair! FLAME stands for Females Leading Aggies as Mentors in Engineering and it is a wonderful mentorship program between engineering students and professionals. We have two luncheons every semester in which students get to meet their mentors and they communicate bi-weekly through email! Here is a picture of this semester’s luncheon in Houston!
I am also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Within ASCE I am part of the Steel Bridge Team which is a lot of fun! Last year, we had the opportunity to compete at the National Competition in Seattle, Washington.
National Competition, Seattle, WA
Besides extracurricular activities, I also work part time at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute which has truly been a great experience, and I have a wonderful supervisor who has taught me a variety of things!
Other things I enjoy doing are traveling, playing soccer, and spending time with my beautiful dog, Ryu (shown below, I just have to share a picture…). I’ve traveled to a few cities in Spain and Mexico. And of course, I’ve traveled to quite a few states in the United States, but there is always room for more traveling!
That is all from me for now!