Emily Turner is the Mississippi State University sections outstanding member spotlight. Emily is currently the region C’s region collegiate representative. Emily has also served as our chapters president. Outside of SWE Emily continues to standout with her acts on campus. Emily was awarded the President’s commission on the status of women award. Emily has also received the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. The SMART scholarship allows Emily to intern with the Army Corp of Engineers in Anchorage, AK.
Hello SWEsters! With Conference around the corner there are a few things that I would like to highlight.
- The last Region C meeting is on Thursday from 12:45-1:45.
- You can plan out your day by using the conference planner http://we17.swe.org/attendees/conference-planner/
- Visit the website for conference here http://we17.swe.org/
- Learn how to network like a pro here http://advancelearning.swe.org/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=92389 of here http://advancelearning.swe.org/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=79213
- Attend the amazing key note learn more about it here https://soundcloud.com/swepodcasts/luann-pendy-we16-keynote
Hailey Clowney is currently a junior at the University of Mississippi where she is perusing a degree in General Engineering with an emphasis in Business Administration, with a minor in Mathematics. Hailey is involved with a sorority on campus, while also reaching out to the community and volunteering with the ‘Kids Club’ in the city of Oxford.
When Hailey first started at Ole Miss she was on a path to become a Physical Therapist; however, she quickly realized that it was not for her. After switching her major to General Engineering, she quickly heard of the Society of Women Engineers. She previously mentioned that she instantly felt the connection to this organization and to the wonderful women it included. She strives to become a strong women in the field of engineering. SWE is a wonderful platform to not only help women grow as an individual but also to give, connect, and network with other women and Hailey realizes this and embraces it. Hailey is always eager to sign up for whichever event we are currently planning and never misses a meeting. I fully believe that Hailey will make a great officer next year, if nominated.
Mariana De Freitas is an active member in the Society of Women Engineers. She’s a junior getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering. Mariana is part of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as the Outreach Committee for SWE. Mariana got involved with SWE during her first year as a transfer student in Fall 2014.Outside of school Mariana enjoys dancing, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
My name is Karina Padilla, and I just started my senior year at the University of Houston as a mechanical engineering student. This past summer, I interned with General Electric (GE) Power in Schenectady, New York as a mechanical design intern. This was my second internship with GE; I worked for their Water and Process Technologies division as a manufacturing intern in Summer 2015. Throughout both of these internships, I gained valuable skills all while making life long friends.
At GE Power, I worked with the generator engineering team, and my projects encompassed almost every aspect in the design process – design, testing, and cost analysis. Through my design project, I was granted the opportunity to apply for a patent. I had to present my design to senior engineers and patent lawyers to be considered. Thankfully, it was approved by GE, and I have been working continuously with the lawyers since then in order to create the application that will be submitted to the US Patent and Trading Office.
My favorite part of my internship was creating relationships with coworkers and other fellow interns! Everyone was very welcoming and always willing to help. Furthermore, my advice to everyone is to not be afraid to speak up and ask questions. I was hesitant to show my peers the design I created with the fear of being rejected, but it all turned out greater than I expected! If I wouldn’t have faced my fears, I would have never gotten approved to apply for a patent.
My name is Aida Hendrickson, and I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering and treasurer of SWE at Louisiana State University (LSU). I spent this past summer working for Entergy, a company that provides power to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas, at the Arkansas Nuclear One nuclear power plant in Russellville, Arkansas. I worked in the Support group of the System Engineering department. This means that I was working with engineers who are responsible for various plant system groups such as Air and Motor Operated Valves, Heat Exchangers, Ventilation, and my favorite: Diesel Generators. Perhaps I am biased to the Emergency Diesel Generators (EDGs) because that’s what I spent the most time on.
I spent the first two weeks of my internship training to hold access to the plant. Because I was working in a nuclear plant, there were many “Computer Based Training” modules I had to complete to fully understand the importance of safety as well as general plant processes. This did become monotonous, but very necessary. After I got my security badge, I was able to go into the plant. The first time going through security, I gave all of the guards a chuckle when I involuntarily let out a shriek when the air puffers blew on me. By the end of the summer, I was somewhat used to the airport-like security.
My day-to-day activities would vary depending on how busy the systems engineers were. If they were going into the plant to “walk down” their system, they would let me tag along. I kept my steel toed boots and thick socks (a must for work boots, trust me – I found mine in the men’s department) in my cubicle drawer along with my hard hat and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) so I was ready to go at any time. The EDGs were undergoing some maintenance this summer, so I was able to see those the most. I even got to see them run – which was awesome! Imagine a truck engine …except the size of a room!
My main project this summer was creating a database of Preventative Maintenance (PM) that was done on the diesel generators in Excel. I linked the PM to each component that it was completed on and then linked that to the technical drawings of the diesels. Along the way, I had many questions about how the diesels worked and why certain maintenance was done on them. At first, I was shy and did not want to bother the engineers. However, I had to keep reminding myself: “You are only here for three months! You have to get as much information from these experienced people as you can before you go back to school.” The other engineers were glad to answer any questions I had and even shared stories of their past experiences. I believe I was able to get the most out of my internship by asking questions and pushing myself to ask for more – like asking to stay late to see a troubleshooting process or participating in a Failure Analysis study.
Isabelle is a senior electrical engineering student at the University of Arkansas. Her previous experiences include an internship after her freshman year at the VA Center for Prosthetic Engineering in Seattle, WA where she designed an assistive walking device for patients with osteoarthritis in their knees. After her sophomore year, Isabelle went to EPFL (Swiss Tech University) where she was a part of the Summer@EPFL program through the school of Computer Science and Communication Technology and worked to develop algorithms to find evolutionary connections between DNA sequences. This past summer she worked as a developer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Conway, Arkansas. She hopes to return to Europe to continue her studies with a masters in Communication Systems.
Isabelle was the Outreach Chair for the FY2016 Region C Conference hosted in Northwest Arkansas where she planned a “squishy circuits” activity for young students in the area. She is now the Conference Planning Chair of the section and has arranged the funding for section sponsored members to attend the National and Regional conferences this year. Through her role, the section is funding thirteen members who have received registration and will be receiving partial airfare reimbursements to attend the SWE Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Twelve of those members are also receiving free room nights while at the conference. Isabelle provides a great perspective to the section from her experiences, is highly motivated, and is always willing to help out.