Submit your section’s bid for the 2016 Region C Conference

Completed 2016 Conference Bid packets are due in to Region C Lt. Governor Sherry Williams ( by January 17, 2015.  See the Annual Conference Page for instructions!

Between January 17th and February 6th (Regional Conference) sections that have turned in completed applications will work with Sherry and Dianne to make improvements.

Click HERE to download the most up-to-date Conference Toolkit with instructions on how to submit a bid and examples of previous bids

Conference Early Bird Registration Ends TONIGHT

Early Bird rates expire January 3, 2015 for the FY15 SWE Region C Conference. Please take advantage of discounted registration TONIGHT.

Registration for tours of Austin area is now open.  Tours, which take place Friday February 6, 2015 from 4-6PM, are FREE and highly encouraged for all attendees. Please register using the google form.

To find a tentative schedule, hotel information, and how your company can get involved with our conference, please visit us.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Committee.

See you in Austin!

Leslie Zhang
Region C 2015 Conference Chair

Region C Conference – Early Bird Registration Now Open

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Region C Conference. The University of Texas at Austin SWE is excited to welcome Region C to the vibrant city of Austin. You can follow the link below to take advantage of early bird rates now through January 3, 2015.

This year’s Region C Conference, themed “Engineering a Different Status Quo” will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center from February 6-8, 2015. You can find a tentative schedule and workshop details on our website.

Our awards banquet keynote speaker this year is Dr. Anita Gale, Associate Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company and SWE Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to sign-up via registration to participate in our second annual research poster competition. Please indicate your interest on the registration form.

Space is limited, so reserve your hotel rooms now!  Find all the necessary information on our website under “Travel and Accommodations.”

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Committee.

See you in Austin!

Leslie Zhang
Region C 2015 Conference Chair

The Little Section That Could

Guest post by SWEFL Caroline Ruth Hill

What started out as a section that could barely even call itself a section, now thriving on the campus of Mississippi State University, is a section with 50 national SWE members with additional regular attendees.  As recently as the spring semester 2014, our section had meetings with as little as three girls attending.  After seeing how staggeringly low our numbers were, I took it upon myself to get the funds together to allow a couple of us to go to the Region C Conference in Houston.  After attending conference, and after seeing how much SWE has to offer, we decided to make our section better.  We are women that want to succeed, and letting our section fizzle out just wasn’t going to cut it.

Call for volunteers for Region C Conference graduate panel

Coordinators for the graduate student sessions of the 2015 Region C Conference are calling for volunteers to be on a panel titled “Options for Graduate Students: from Industry and Government, to Academia and Education, to non-traditional pathways.” They are looking for panelists with graduate degrees to share their different career choices and experiences. Individuals interested in being on the panel should contact Maria Bailey ( Please include a short biography.

StoryTelling can Improve Female Spatial-Visual Skills


Guest Post by RCR Moriah Momsen

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Innovatively tailored product design can help girls acquire the necessary spatial-visual skills to succeed in engineering. According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), women only make up 11.7% of the engineering field. In 2009, Sheryl Sorby published provocative research indicating that the engineering gender gap can be explained by a difference in visual spatial skills between males and females. The study found that the most profound gender discrepancies in cognitive skills favoring males appear in 3D spatial skills, specifically mental rotations. These underdeveloped 3D spatial skills in females contribute to poor performance and disengagement in engineering classes. Although initially at a disadvantage, Sorby found that within a short time of training, females dramatically improved their 3D spatial-visualization skills.

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Event Recap: UT SWE’s Sixth Annual Networking Night

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The Union ballroom at the University of Texas buzzed with the chatter of 150 students networking with 60 corporate representatives after the fall engineering career fair. Hosted by UT SWE, the sixth annual Networking Night provided UT engineering students the opportunity to speak with corporate representatives over a three-course meal, rotating tables between entrée and dessert.

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