Lauren Wilson, originally from Colorado Springs, CO, is a sophomore Electrical Engineering major at John Brown University (JBU). In addition to Electrical engineering she is also pursuing an additional emphasis in Mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. She first joined SWE as a freshman, and fell in love with the community among the other members that it provided. She shares the other members’ passion for providing the support, resources, and networking that women need to thrive in the world of engineering. After one year as a general member, attending social and general events, she decided to run for a SWE officer position in her sophomore year, and was elected as the section’s secretary. Lauren served as the secretary for one semester before travelling for an electrical engineering internship with Daikin Applied in Plymouth, MN. Currently, Lauren is studying abroad for one semester at Handong Global University (HGU), located in the city of Pohang, in South Korea. Upon her return to John Brown University, Lauren will continue her involvement as a general member of the JBU SWE chapter. She is excited to get back to being involved with SWE, and to continue helping women thrive in the world of engineering. She is honored to be selected as an outstanding member, and looks forward to two more great years as part of the JBU collegiate SWE chapter.
Gabriella Giordano is from San Jose California, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. She is finishing her junior year and is an active leader on campus. Gabriella is the Resident Assistant on her dormitory floor and has a strong desire to create a supportive community for dorm and her school. Along with working on campus as the Administration Athletics Coordinator, she was selected to participate on the Senior Design Project, “Safehome”, and will be attending the competition with her team at John Brown University later this year. As the Treasurer of the LETU SWE chapter, she has exercised extreme financial responsibility, and tripled the funds raised the previous year in the annual fall fundraiser. Gabriella is an outstanding member because she is always willing to help with tasks and is passionate about outreach events. Gabriella was recently elected chapter president for FY18 and will do a great job in this position with her excellent leadership skills, organization, and positive attitude.
Gabriella is also a member of American Society of Civil Engineers. On weekends, she volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, she enjoys playing intramural sports, riding dirt bikes, building things, and working on cars. Her future career goals include working as a project manager at a civil engineering firm and at some point in life build an orphanage to help out children in need.
Jessica is an active member of UNT SWE. She’s a Junior working on her Bachelors of Science in Materials Science and Engineering with minors in Physics and Mathematics. She has been Treasurer of UNT SWE for the past two years and is actively involved with the many social gatherings in SWE, such as the meetings and parties. Her favorite part of being in SWE is working in the community with her fellow SWE members, especially in outreach such as with UNT SWE’s After School Program, the Brain Stems, where UNT SWE works with kids through activities and games to help teach and interest them in engineering.
Srijanee Niyogi is currently working towards her Masters in Computer Science and is in her first semester at UTA. About her experience in SWE, Srijanee says, “I am extremely moved with the concept of SWE and love all the activities. Being in SWE makes me feel like the sky is the limit!”
Samantha is a mechanical engineering student at Collin College who will be transferring to UTD in the Fall of 2017. Samantha was an active member in 2015-2016 and was elected as the Public Relations Officer for 2016-2017. She is always present at the meetings and every Collin College engaging event. She also keeps the Collin College SWE Facebook page updated. She has volunteered for the Robotics camps, Cybersecurity Conference, and was a representative for SWE at the engineering information night. Samantha also attended the Region C Conference 2017. She’s a dedicated, hard working member.
Marissa Dusek is from Royse City, TX where she quickly became passionate about serving others and being an engineer! She graduated Valedictorian from her high school and has completed many service hours and projects. She is now a sophomore studying mechanical engineering with a biomedical specialization from Southern Methodist University. Marissa was awarded the Hunt Leadership Scholarship at SMU for her dedication to leading and serving others. After being welcomed into SMU, she started working at the student fundraising center as a supervisor and has joined other organizations, even making the dean’s list. In the fall of her freshman year, she became involved with the Society of Women Engineers and grew to be great friends with the many members. After her freshman year as a general member, Marissa wanted to do more and decided to run for office in SMU’s chapter and was selected as the Special Events Chair. This position challenged her in many ways, but she loves how she has been able to spread awareness of the club and inform women on how they can succeed both in and out of the workplace. Her proudest accomplishment was putting on the chapter’s first ever Professional Dress Fashion Show with the help of SMU’s Fashion Club. In addition to this, she planned a holiday party and is in the process of planning SMU SWE’s biggest annual event: She Networks, She Wins! Marissa is very honored to have been nominated for Region C member spotlight, and she hopes she can keep spreading the word about how amazing it is to be a woman engineer! We are so very proud to have Marissa on our team and she has been such a blessing to have on our team. She is such a dedicated officer and we cannot wait to see her flourish in throughout the rest of her time at SMU!
Gaby Vasquez is currently serving as the treasurer for the SWE section at Texas Tech University. Gaby is a junior civil engineering major and has been active with SWE since her freshman year. Gaby is currently working as a Residential Tutor, and has been since her sophomore year. When she first joined SWE, Gaby participated in our annual outreach events, Catch the Engineering Bug and our Mother/Daughter Event, and also attended our social gatherings and general meetings. Even though she was a freshman, she always signed up to volunteer or participate in our events, and was willing to help in any way possible. For this reason, Gaby was elected the Community Service Coordinator during her sophomore year. This allowed her to partner our section with the local Girl Scout office and host joint volunteering events with the younger girls. At the national conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Gaby spoke with Turner, a construction management company, and was offered an interview with them and later an internship. Gaby interned with Turner this past summer in San Antonio, Texas, where she learned almost everything there is to know about the construction management process. Gaby received an offer to come back this summer in the Austin office, which she has accepted. This year, Gaby has increased our fundraising efforts, and plans to continue this trend in the upcoming semester. Gaby will also be in charge of our annual Mother/Daughter Event this spring, and we can’t wait to see what activities she has planned for the girls to participate in. She has been accepted to our second international outreach event, which will take place this May in Chile. Gaby will continue to be involved in our section during her last year as an undergraduate. After completing her bachelor degree in May 2018, Gaby plans to obtain either a master in civil engineering or an MBA before entering the workforce. Gaby has been an integral part of the TTU – SWE section, and we appreciate all of the work she has put into our organization.