About

SWE @ UVA

The Society of Women Engineers is a national professional organization that aims to support and promote women in achieving their full potential in engineering careers. National SWE awards scholarships and holds  the world's largest conference and career fair for women engineers each year. The SWE section at UVA has three areas of focus: outreach, professional development, and community building.

 

SWE at UVA has outreach programs for girls at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, all of which aim to inspire interest in engineering fields through hands-on activities, design challenges, tours, and speakers.

 

We support the professional development of our members through a variety of events including interviewing workshops, resume reviews, major advising, company information sessions, and the national and regional SWE conferences.

 

We aim to foster a strong sense of community for our members through our mentorship family program, which encourages involvement and cross-class interaction. Additionally, we host many fun social events throughout the year, including pumpkin painting, apple picking, hiking, and stress-busting exercise classes. These events provide opportunities for our members to get to know each other and build long-lasting networks in an environment beyond the classroom.

 

"A world with gender parity and equality in engineering and technology."

SWE Vision

 

Meet the Officers

Mary DeSimone

President

The President serves as the liaison between nationals, regionals, the faculty advisor, and the SWE advisor. The President is the main point of contact for the Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE) , the Engineering School, University-wide clubs, and employers. The President creates the agenda for SWE exec meetings and coordinates announcements for general body meetings. She drafts and oversees the SWEekly, the weekly newsletter for SWE at UVA, and ensures that every position is carrying out their responsibilities, offering suggestions for improvement when necessary.

Taylor Donches

Vice President of Administration

The VPA serves as second in command to the president and handles logistical items associated with events. The VPA supervises the Event Planning team and organizes SWE at UVA presense at both the SWE National and Regional conferences. Additionally, the VPA also heads graduate/undergraduate student mentorship within SWE at UVA.

Taylor is a fourth-year civil engineering student on the environmental and water resources track from Purcellville, Virginia. In addition to SWE, she is a member of C-Ville Solar Project and Pi Beta Phi. Her other interests include live music, exploring nature, and spending time with friends and family. Taylor plans to use her education to further public health and environmental awareness and best practices through renewable energy.

Courtney Kennedy

Vice President of Outreach

The VPO serves as second in command to the president and coordinates outreach activities at a high level through contacting sponsors and overseeing outreach chairs. The VPO is the person of contact for new outreach opportunities external to SWE and acts as a liason for those interested in volunteering and those seeking volunteers. The VOP oversees grant proposals and monitors outreach activity success and growth.

Courtney is a third year Systems Engineering student with a minor in data science from Pittsburgh, PA. Outside of SWE she is teaching a data viz class with Forge and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega. She also loves baking (even if she isn't good at it), reading romance novels, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Allison Miller

Corporate Relations Chair

The Corporate Relations Chair is the face of SWE in terms of networking with employers and companies. The Corporate Relations Chair maintains long-term relationships with corporate sponsors, in addition to coordinating and managing events that connect companies to students. The Corporate Relations Chair is responsible for planning events which cater to the diverse interests and majors of SWE members. She reaches out to the Career Development Office and Engineering School to publicize corporate events to non-SWE members.

Erin Hensien

Graduate Relations Chair

The Graduate Relations Chair is the liaison between SWE and GradSWE. Her responsibilities include coordinating sessions with graduate school recuitors, organizing application workshops, and overseeing the graduate/undergraduate student mentorship program within SWE.

Erin is a fourth year systems engineering major from Charlottesville, Virginia. She enjoys working with younger students and has helped organize educational camps, worked with tutoring groups, and spent a semester researching Pre-K education with a group of her peers. She hopes to be able to pursue this passion further in her post-grad life. In her free time she enjoys swimming, crafting, and almost anything outdoors!

Marissa Marine

Treasurer

The Treasurer handles the monetary aspects of the organization and is responsible for the SWE budget and bank account, writing reimbursement checks, and applying for university funding. The Treasurer is also responsible for approving spending based on money available to the organization and on the drafted budget for the school year. Drafts the budget for each semester and goes through the appropriations process for Student Council. The Treasurer is also responsible for filing an annual financial report for SWE National.

Marissa is a fourth year Biomedical Engineering student from Commack, New York. After graduation she hopes to either pursue a master's degree or work in the medical device industry. Besides SWE, she is also a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon and is a teaching assistant for the applied math department. Outside of school she enjoys hiking, baking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Marina Awad

Secretary

The Secretary manages administrative duties for SWE at UVA. The Secretary manages the internal SWE listserv, monitors national membership, and is responsible for managing alumni relations and maintaining SWE alumni contact information. The Secretary's overarching goal is to keep the executive board organized and running efficiently, and she aids in planning and running most events.

Marina is a third-year Biomedical Engineering major on the pre-med track from Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to SWE, she is in Engineering Student Council and is a research assistant. She also enjoys reading and playing basketball in her spare time.

Prachi Sadekar

Fundraising Chair

The Fundraising Chair manages the selling of SWE merchandise at events, organizes apparel packages, and pursues various fundraising opportunities throughout the year. The Fundraising Chair is responsible for effective communication between SWE and outside vendors, keeping accurate financial records of purchases, maintaining organized invetory records, and coordinating the shipment and production of large orders.

Prachi is a third year Systems Engineering and Economics student from Richmond, Virginia. Along with SWE, she enjoys participating in Cavalier Cuisine Club, Indian Student Association, and volunteering through Madison House. She is also a TA in the Systems Engineering department. In her free time, Prachi enjoys baking, reading, hiking, and watching new TV/movies.

Sunya Qamar

High School Outreach Co-Chair

The High School Outreach Co-Chairs organize High School Visitation (HSV) in the fall and spring. They work with the VPO to secure program funding and communicate statewide with program participants. Additionally, the High School Outreach Co-Chairs communicate with SWE exec, committees, and volunteers about responsibilities prior to, during, and after events.

Sunya is a second year Chemical Engineering student that takes special interest in renewable energy and aviation. She's originally from Ashburn, Virginia and enjoys lifting, talking about her cat, and making playlists on Spotify. Outside of SWE, Sunya also does research in the Chemical Engineering department and is a member of the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority.

Susan Furlough

High School Outreach Co-Chair

The High School Outreach Co-Chairs organize High School Visitation (HSV) in the fall and spring. They work with the VPO to secure program funding and communicate statewide with program participants. Additionally, the High School Outreach Co-Chairs communicate with SWE exec, committees, and volunteers about responsibilities prior to, during, and after events.

Susan is a fourth year chemical engineering major and material science engineering minor from Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to SWE, she is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity through Madison House, and is a sister of Alpha Omega Epsilon. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports and hiking.

Haley Knowles

USTEP Co-Chair

The USTEP Co-Chairs organize the University Student Taught Engineering Program (USTEP) in the spring, an annual event created in 2019. The USTEP Co-Chairs contact community members and members of the UVA community, work with the VPO to secure program funding, and communicate both locally and state-wide with program participants.

Haley is a fourth year aerospace engineering major from Arlington, Virginia. In addition to SWE, she is a member of the UVA aero design team Hoos Flying and teaches the introductory physics labs. She enjoys being outside, hiking, biking, reading, doing puzzles, and eating coffee icecream.

Eliza Goggins

USTEP Co-Chair

The USTEP Co-Chairs organize the University Student Taught Engineering Program (USTEP) in the spring, an annual event created in 2019. The USTEP Co-Chairs contact community members and members of the UVA community, work with the VPO to secure program funding, and communicate both locally and state-wide with program participants.

Eliza is a third year Systems Engineering student from Richmond, Virginia. She is also minoring in Computer Science and Applied Math. She hopes to pursue a career in consulting after graduation. Outside of SWE, she is also an E-School tour guide. In her free time you can find her doing yoga, working on the New York Times crossword puzzle or trying out new plant based recipes.

Coby Chiu

Elementary & Middle School Outreach Co-Chair

The Elementary and Middle School Outreach Chairs organize Girl Scout Science Exploration day in the fall and Middle School Visitation (MSV) in the spring. They work with the VPO to secure program funding and apply for grants, communicate locally and state-wide with program participants, and builds the SWE network of Elementary/Middle school contacts. Communicates with exec officers, committees, and volunteers about responsibilities prior to, during, and after events.

Coby is a third year computer science major and psychology/physics minor from Herndon, Virginia. Outside of SWE, she's a member of the Cavalier Marching Band, ESC, and UVA's Collaborative Robotics Lab. In her free time, she likes to make Spotify playlists and take long naps.

Sharon Lu

Elementary & Middle School Outreach Co-Chair

The Elementary and Middle School Outreach Chairs organize Girl Scout Science Exploration day in the fall and Middle School Visitation (MSV) in the spring. They work with the VPO to secure program funding and apply for grants, communicate locally and state-wide with program participants, and builds the SWE network of Elementary/Middle school contacts. Communicates with exec officers, committees, and volunteers about responsibilities prior to, during, and after events.

Sharon is a second year Computer Engineering student from Burke, Virginia but is originally from Rochester, New York. She loves hiking at National Parks and is in the process of visiting every one. Outside of SWE, Sharon loves listening to Taylor Swift, Valley, and COIN, and she interns at the engineering study abroad office.

Kathryn "Eve" Costanzo

Event Coordinator

The Event Coordinators organize the monthly general body SWE meetings and are responsible for providing refreshments for all relevant SWE events. The Event Coordinators also write letters for tax exemption purposes and pursue discounts from vendors.

Eve is a fourth year Biomedical Engineering student from Bealeton, Virginia. She hopes to obtain a job in the biotechnology industry. Besides SWE, she enjoys being the treasurer of her sorority and being a TA! She also enjoys coaching field hockey, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Aubrey Winger

Event Coordinator

The Event Coordinators organize the monthly general body SWE meetings and are responsible for providing refreshments for all relevant SWE events. The Event Coordinators also write letters for tax exemption purposes and pursue discounts from vendors.

Emily Beyer

Social Chair

The Social Chair focuses on strengthening the SWE at UVA community by organizing regularly scheduled organization events outside of the Engineering School. These events may include weekly dinners, movie nights, and hikes for students involved with SWE at UVA.

Emily is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student from Middletown, New Jersey. She hopes to go on to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering after graduation. Besides SWE, Emily also enjoys participating in Omega Chi Epsilon and working on research with the Giri Lab group. In her free time she enjoys weightlifting, hiking, and spending time with her friends.

Lauren Gonzalez

Publicity Chair

The Publicity Chair is responsible for informing members about upcoming events through Facebook events, flyering, and chalking prior to events and taking pictures during events. The Publicity Chair is also is in charge of post-event publicity including recapping events on the organization Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Lauren is a third year biomedical engineering major from Chesapeake, Virginia. She plans to work in the biotechnology industry after she graduates, even though the 9-5 life scares her. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, discovering new music, and napping.

Clara Kim

Web Designer

The Web Designer maintains this website and aids the other executive members with events and programs. The Web Designer works with officers (mainly outreach) to establish a timeline of when updates should be made to the website relative to certain events.

Clara is a fourth year computer science major (and hopeful applied math minor) from Herndon, Virginia. Outside of SWE, she has played in the First Year Player's pit orchestra and is involved with the Student Game Developers. In her free time, she can generally be found drawing or reading. As web designer, she appreciates that you have read this far down the page! If there are any issues with using the site, please feel free to contact her.

Kimball Sheehan

First Year Representative

The First Year Rep position is in place to enhance communication and programming towards first-year SWE members. The Rep works closely with Outreach Chairs, specifically in organizing overnight hosts for High School Visitation.