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

Courtney Kennedy

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.

Courtney is a 4th year Systems Engineering major with minors in data science and applied math. She is from Pittsburgh, PA and is moving to Boston post graduation to work as a workforce transformation consultant. She loves baking (even if she isn't good at it), reading romance novels, and geeking out about Marvel movies.

Eliza Goggins

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.

Eliza is a fourth year Systems Engineering student from Richmond, Virginia. She is also minoring in Computer Science and Applied Math. Outside of SWE, she is an E-School tour guide and a TA. After graduation, she is looking forward to applying her Systems and CS knowledge as a data & analytics consultant. She is grateful to SWE for all of the leadership skills she has gained and friends she has made.

Sunya Qamar

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.

Sunya is a third year Chemical Engineering major from Ashburn, VA. Outside of SWE, she does research in the ChemE department and powerlifts with members of the UVA Barbell club. Her other hobbies include listening to excessive amounts of music and baking.

Prachi Sadekar

Vice President of Finance

The VP of Finance 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 VPF 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 VPF is also responsible for filing an annual financial report for SWE National.

Prachi is a fourth year Systems Engineering and Economics students from Richmond, Virginia. Outside of SWE, she is on exec of Cavalier Cuisine Club and a member of INCOSE. In her free time, she loves to bake (especially during the holidays), read, watch live music, and catch up on whatever is new on Netflix.

Coby Chiu

Vice President of Personal Relations

The VP of PR manages administrative duties for SWE at UVA. She manages the listserv by adding names of new members at the beginning of the year and monitoring additions and requests for removal during the year. Additionally, she is responsible for managing the alumni relations and maintaining a list of SWE alumni contact information. The VP of PR is also responsible for collecting contact information from other SWE Exec members, taking attendance at general body meetings, and maintaining the exec and General Body calendar. In addition to this, the VP of PR is responsible for informing everyone about upcoming events and meetings. Finally, she drafts and oversees the SWEekly, the weekly newsletter for the SWE at UVA section.

Coby is a fourth year computer science and cognitive science major from Herndon, Virginia. Outside of SWE, she's a member of the Cavalier Marching Band and a researcher in UVA's Collaborative Robotics Lab. In her free time, she likes making Spotify playlists, climbing, and tending to her 17 plants

Allison Miller

Vice President of Corporate Relations

The VP of CR is the face of SWE in terms of networking with employers and companies. The VP of CR maintains long-term relationships with corporate sponsors, in addition to coordinating and managing events that connect companies to students. She 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.

Jahnavi Dave

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.

Jahnavi is a 2nd year, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is from Burke, Virginia. Besides SWE, Jahnavi’s other involvements are Materials Science Research, being a Teaching Assistant, and Greek Life. For fun, Jahnavi likes to watch Netflix, hang out with her friends, and take walks. She loves being part of SWE because it has given her so many opportunities to network and make friends!

Mina Gorani

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.

Mina is a second year Civil Engineering student pursuing a minor in data science from Vienna, Virginia. She hopes to apply her education to designing more equitable, sustainable, and walkable cities. Along with SWE, she is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. In her free time, she enjoys caring for her house plants and adding sriracha to almost anything.

Kim Sheehan

Elementary & Middle School Outreach Co-Chair

The Elementary and Middle School Outreach Chairs organize Girl Scout Science Exploration day (SEED) and Middle School Visitation (MSV). 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.

Kim is a second year Biomedical Engineering student from Charlottesville, Virginia. Outside of SWE, she is involved in clinical research with UVA's Department of Vascular Surgery. She is also Alumni and Networking Co-Chair on the Rodman Scholars Council and Networking Co-Chair for the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical society. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Jennibelle Khuu

Elementary & Middle School Outreach Co-Chair

The Elementary and Middle School Outreach Chairs organize Girl Scout Science Exploration day (SEED) and Middle School Visitation (MSV). 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.

Katie Chandler

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.

Katie is a second-year Systems Engineering student from Darien, CT. Outside of SWE, she is involved with Pancakes for Parkinson’s and INCOSE. She also loves running, backcountry skiing, and cooking.

Alysha Akhtar

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.

Alysha is a second year Biomedical Engineering student from Richmond, VA with minors in computer science and data science. Outside of SWE, she is involved in Charlottesville Debate League and undergraduate research. In her free time, she loves to read, paint, and watch Wisconsin sports (go Bucks)!

Anne Clements

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.

Anne is a third year biomedical engineering major with a minor in religious studies from Orange, Virginia. They enjoy going to concerts, making playlists for any occasion (like driving to Target on a Tuesday at noon), and watching UVA Men’s soccer.

Morgan Carr

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.

Riley Tomek

Director of Personal Relations

The Director of PR is responsible for informing everyone about upcoming events and meetings. This involves posting on Instagram and chalking before events; taking photos during events; then posting updates on the Instagram page after events.

Riley Tomek is a second year Systems Engineering major from Williamsburg, VA. She is involved with Humans of UVA, is a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and also works as a TA. Some of her favorite hobbies include watching rom-coms, going to concerts, and distracting her friends on Clem 2.

Kayla Nguyen

Director of Fundraising and Merchandise

The Director of Fundraising and Merchandise manages the buying and selling of SWE gear, such as t-shirts and stickers, at many of the annual events. She also brainstorms and plans fundraisers.

Kayla is a second-year Computer Science student with a minor in biomedical engineering from Annandale, VA. She is also involved in Girls Who Code and is a member of Theta Tau. Outside of SWE, she can be found cooking, watching sit-coms or home makeover shows, and making vision boards on Pinterest.

Rachel Huh

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Director of DEI acts as a liaison with the President and Vice President of Administration to the Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDE), builds the structure of what they want DEI to look like in SWE (including community engagement), and acts as a liaison to the Women’s Center.

Rachel Huh (she/her) is a second year Systems Engineering major from Fairfax, VA. When she’s not involved in SWE, she may be giving tours for the University Guides Service, playing volleyball, or thrifting. She also loves to eat (all types of food), is obsessed with her black cat, and loves fall weather.

Rebecca Dollahite

Director of Sustainability

The Director of Sustainability coordinates with outreach chairs and event planners to implement Zero-Waste Events (ZWE) and draft sustainable menu options at SWE outreach events, plans and implements sustainable programs for SWE (clothing swap, trash pickup, etc.), manages the Sustainability Committee with biweekly meetings and delegating tasks, relationship building with other sustainability related organizations on Grounds

Olivia Bernard

Director of Graduate Relations

The Director of Graduate Relations 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.

Olivia is a second year Systems Engineering student from Westport, CT. She is interested in minoring in business or data science. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Portico Impact Fund and also loves teaching swimming to underprivileged children in the Charlottesville community. In her free time she enjoys going on hikes with friends, cooking meals and playing board games (especially Rummikub).

Nour Goulmamine

Director of Web Design

The Director of Web Design 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.