Members of the Week 2012-2013

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Congratulations to all our 2012-2013 Academic Year Members of the Week! Look for more SWEet profiles of outstanding PSWE members starting in the fall.

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FORMER MEMBERS OF THE WEEK

Meet Stacey Wallis!

She is a junior in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She works in a coffee shop and loves the color yellow!  Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
SW: Intramural Soccer and Floor Hockey!

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
SW: I thought it sounded like a cool way to learn things I would probably not have the opportunity to learn elsewhere.

EC: Who is your idol?
SW: My Grandpa

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
SW: I only eat the top half of cup cakes with the frosting

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
SW: All Star from the movie Shrek

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
SW: Whichever one is the fewest lines of code and gets me an A.

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
SW: I plan to go into industry, possibly a rotational program.

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Meet Raj Lal!

He is a junior in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia, Missouri and he is Chris Cornell’s personal manager. Here are his answers to 6 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
RL: I grab a bagel each Friday and attend the AMMs. I do enjoy said bagel breaks and meetings.

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
RL: I met Ashley, Sequoia, and Jerica through the China Maymester Trip, and they encouraged me to join the club, so I did.

EC: Who is your idol?
RL: RIP HeavyD$

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
RL: Surrounded by country music, I now listen to Pandora’s country station.

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
RL: $$$ = $$$$ – $

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
RL: A sports journalist for sure.
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Meet Catie Cowden!catie

She is a freshman in Computer Engineering from Houston, Texas. Over spring break, she ran the Warrior Dash (a 5K filled with terrain obstacles and lots of mud). Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
CC: I’ve met a lot of great upper classmen this year—I love being an office assistant and being involved in the Sweetie Sidekick program. Talking with everyone has really helped me make some decisions about my own engineering career (I changed my mind from Biomedical to Industrial to Computer Engineering…). Additionally, Purdue SWE has a really strong sense of family. Coming all the way from Texas, it’s nice to have a group of people who are so welcoming.

EC: What event do you look forward to in SWE?
CC: I’m looking forward to doing intramurals with the SWE team this semester! I’d hoped we have an ultimate Frisbee team, but I think dodgeball is going to be pretty fun as well!

EC: Who is your idol?
CC: Harry Potter! He’s the Boy Who Lived; no further explanation needed.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
CC: Skipping homework and going for a run around campus

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
CC: Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
(Although I’ve also had “Kiss You” by One Direction stuck in my head for several weeks now… It just won’t go away.)

EC: What is your favorite algorithm? (can be a process or formula)
CC: When I was in 8th grade, we learned a special song to help us memorize the quadratic equation… so that’s definitely a favorite. Aside from that, who doesn’t appreciate the process to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Those things are delicious.

EC: Describe your vision of your engineering future. What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
CC: My vision has changed a lot since I arrived last August! Right now, I’m thinking I’ll spend a little while in industry… doing something with computer hardware and programming. Eventually, I really want to get into project management and leadership. I love working with teams and setting goals. If I can, I’d like to work for a major company like Apple or Facebook.
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Meet Rossy Bueno!Rossy

She is a junior in Biological Engineering from La Ceiba, Honduras who lives in a place where its usually 80-90 F! Also, her house is just two blocks away from the beach, which makes the weather a lot sunnier. Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
RB: TEAMS visits: it’s very enjoyable to introduce elementary kids to engineering and rewarding to see how excited they get when they apply basic engineering skills to complete the activity we’ve planned for them.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
RB: SWE has allowed me to make awesome friends and become active within this great organization. It has also made me aware of the different ways engineers work to improve our daily lives through the guest speakers at AMMs.

EC: Who is your idol?
RB: Certainly my parents; they’re such an exemplary couple that have devoted themselves to working hard to provide a great education for their kids. I wouldn’t have made it this far, if it were not for them.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
RB: Eating dessert

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
RB: Turn up the music by Chris Brown

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
RB: q = m*C*∆T

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
RB: I see myself working in a food processing facility and ensuring that the food products produced there have met the specific regulations and nutritional requirements based on their specific profiles.
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Meet Michelle Wellman!mw

She is a sophomore in Biological and Food Processing Engineering from Chelsea, MI and she loves to snowmobile. Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
MW: Getting to meet new people within engineering and getting out of my comfort zone

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
MW: I really look forward to helping out for senior sleepover. It’s a great program that allows high schoolers to see what a day in the life of a Purdue engineer is like.

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
MW: Putting myself out there to find more women going through the same things I was and to make new friends.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
MW: I have grown as a person, and have been able to get involved at Purdue. I like helping out and seeing the impacts SWE can have.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
MW: Food- I love to eat

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
MW: Ray Bands- B.o.B.

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
MW: After I graduate, I see myself working at a food company. I want to work in the new product development area. I think it would be really fun being able to be the person who comes up with a new product and then you get to see your idea become a reality. I’d love to see the impact one simple idea can have on people.
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Meet Jaycey Hardenstein!

JayceyShe is a freshman in Biological Engineering from Beavercreek, OH and believe it or not: she is quarter Japanese! Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
JH: My favorite even in SWE is attending the fun SWEetie Sidekick events (like getting to tie-dye my socks)!

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
JH: SWE has given me the chance to gain insight into the world beyond college. I’ve been able to see that not only is engineering an astounding and rewarding profession, but it also provides the opportunity to change people’s lives and act as a role model to younger kids.

EC: Who is your idol?
JH: My idol is my older sister, Breanna! She’s currently working at Tate and Lyle as a chemical engineer in Lafayette. She’s always been a great role model and it’s awesome getting the chance to see how hard work in college pays off in the long run.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
JH: My guilty pleasure is probably eating Swedish Fish!

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
JH: The last song played on my iPod was Talking to Myself by Chiddy Bang.

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
JH: My favorite algorithm is probably Pythagorean’s Theorem. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy taking the shortest route possible to Armstrong in the wintertime?

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
JH: Ultimately, I wish to participate in research after graduating. I’m really interested in pharmaceutical development and tissue engineering, as anything with a medical application is very intriguing to me.
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Meet Beata Strubel!

BeataShe is a freshman in Chemical Engineering from Noblesville, IN and she loves to travel, hike, and ski. In fact, one of her favorite trips was when her family spent a summer travelling across the US and camping in several national parks. Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
BS: The people. SWE puts on so many great events that have helped me grow both personally and professionally. I have had the opportunity many great ladies (and gents!) along the way. None of that would be possible without all the wonderful people who make SWE the great organization that it is.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
BS: I love Senior Sleepover. I attended as a high school student myself, and the program was very influential in my decision to pursue both engineering and Purdue. I love helping out from the other end now and telling future Boilermakers about all the awesome things you can do with engineering. I can’t wait to host another girl this coming month!

EC: Who is your idol?
BS: My mom. And Albert Einstein. In that order.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
BS: Listening to NPR on the radio every morning. It reminds me of home.

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
BS: Blue Sky by Francesca Battistelli

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
BS: I want to work in either the consumer goods or pharmaceutical industry in a research and development role.

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
BS: A National Parks Ranger. My family loves travelling to National Parks, and I have always enjoyed the ranger programs and learning more about how the parks are conserving our country’s resources.
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Meet Brittany Leigh!

PT PicShe is a senior in Mechanical Engineering from Detroit, MI and when she was younger, she ice skated for 10 years. Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
BL: AMMs!

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
BL: It has helped me to meet some new people as well as get semi involved on campus.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
BL: Lots of Mac & Cheese!

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
BL: Beautiful Goodbye – Maroon 5

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
BL: F = ma

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
BL: I am going to be starting my full time job at Ford Motor Company in September and possibly starting a master’s degree in a year or so.

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
BL: I liking working with and helping kids so I would probably be some sort of child psychologist or social worker.
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Meet Kimberley Peterson!

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She is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering from Newburgh, IN and if she enjoys distance running and has participated in multiple 5Ks and Half-Marathons in her hometown. Also, her favorite basketball team is the University of Kentucky Wildcats! Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
KP: I love the chance to be involved in activities that reach out to younger girls. Purdue’s Women in Engineering reached out to me when I was in high school, and that was one of my main encouragements to come here.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
KP: I have met so many awesome friends through SWE, and the All Member Meeting (AMM) speakers give practical advice that I find very important.

EC: Who is your idol?
KP: My Dad, who is an Electrical Engineer.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
KP: I still listen to the Jonas Brothers.

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
KP: Room @ the End of the World by Matt Nathanson

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
KP: I would like to work in a small factory like the plastic factory I worked at last summer. I could help design tools to make worker jobs easier.  Also, I would make sure to get (the worker’s) feedback (on the tool’s performance).

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
KP: I would study what my sister is doing, Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management.  I would like to try to work for the Cincinnati Reds or in a city like Chicago.
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Meet Kevin Vuong!

He is a junior in Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering from Hamburg, Germany and if he wasn’t an engineer, he would either be a doctor or be involved in music! Here are his answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
KV: The people in it are super nice, so it’s always fun to meet other members. The professional development events and networking opportunities are a huge plus as well.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
KV: I am getting to grow professionally through the events that it offers.

EC: Who is your idol?
KV: Neil Armstrong; I don’t think an explanation is necessary here.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
KV: I still watch cartoons. I’ve been known to watch a Disney animated movie from time to time.

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
KV: Heard the World by O.A.R

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
KV: The Rubik’s Cube Keyhole Method

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
KV: Working on rocket propulsion systems or something else space-related. Helping the space program grow and develop is a key goal of mine.
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Meet Katie Kitamura!

She is a senior in Electrical Engineering and Physics from
Lafayette, IN and she used to be a lead guitarist in an amateur rock band! Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
KK: Cross-cultural events.

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
KK: Just for fun, and learning.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
KK: Many opportunities to get involved. So many options!!

EC: Who is your idol?
KK: James Clark Maxwell and The Beatles.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
KK: Chocolate in everything!!

EC: What is your favorite algorithm?
KK: Maxwell’s Equations

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
KK: (I see myself) doing some awesome research in nano-optics.
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Meet Qingfeng Zhang!
She is a senior in Industrial Engineering from Ningbo, China and she used to finish a large Papa John’s Pizza at once! Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
QZ: My favorite event in SWE might be the diversity forum following the award banquet every year.

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
QZ: I have good friends involved in SWE who introduced me to this great organization.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
QZ: I get to meet a bunch of friends and professional women engineers as well as learn from their great experiences.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
QZ: Definitely desserts like cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies.

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
QZ: Someone like you by Adele.

EC: What is your favorite quote?
QZ: “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” –Albert Einstein

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
QZ: I would be a chef making desserts!
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Meet Victoria Sell!

She is a freshman in Biomedical Engineering from Marshall, MI and she has lived in Italy for a year when she was ten. Also, she loves to go to the beach. Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
VS: One event I helped with so far was SEE, and I really enjoyed sharing my experience at Purdue with seniors. I looked forward to it because it was something that I participated in as a high school senior.

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
VS: I attended the callout, and wanted to join right away because it just seemed like there were so many events I could get involved in, as well as many networking opportunities.

EC: Who is your idol?
VS: I’ve always really liked Oprah. She is a cool lady, and she helps so many people. Her story of success is inspirational.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
VS: Sweets in general are my guilty pleasure, ice cream is my favorite food, and cookies are a close second.

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
VS: The last song I played on my iPod was Everybody Talks by Neon Trees, a catchy tune.

EC: What do you see yourself doing after you graduate?
VS: I want to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering, and work in the research and development of medicine or tissue engineering. I want to have a career that makes an impact on the lives of other people; I’m just not exactly sure what that is yet.

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
VS: A gangster or a rapper or both like Lil Wayne, I wish I could rap better. If that didn’t work out, my next choice would be to major in business and become the CEO of a huge company.
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Meet Heidi Klotz!

She is a freshman in Environmental Engineering from Avon, IN and she is obsessed with Pinterest, cats, and dancing. Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
HK: My favorite thing about SWE is that there are a variety of events and programs for people to get involved with. I love participating in different projects and getting to know more awesome people in SWE.

EC: What is your favorite event in SWE?
HK: I’m looking forward to Grand Prix, because there is so much work that goes into it, and it will be exciting to see how the kart turns out and performs in the race.

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
HK: SWE given me the opportunity to make friends who have similar interests as me and who are going through the same hardships as me on the road to becoming a woman engineer.

EC: Who is your idol?
HK: My mom is definitely my idol. She is the strongest and most hard-working woman I know, and she inspires me every day.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
HK: Desserts! I have a huge sweet tooth. If I could live off desserts without developing serious health problems, I would!

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
HK: “Ride” by Lana Del Rey. I love her music.

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
HK: I would probably be some type of artist (maybe a photographer?) if I weren’t going to be an engineer. I love art and can be found sketching pictures in my free time.
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Meet Karen Martinez!

She is a sophomore in Materials Engineering from Cincinnati and she collects chocolate wrappers and National Geographic magazines. Also, she never broke a bone, but she wants to have a cast (she thinks its awesome to have people sign casts). Here are her answers to 7 SWEet Questions.

EC: What is your favorite thing about SWE?
KM: I like that there is a tangible team spirit at every event, even when you have recently met people SWE members are instantly friendly and readily synthesize ideas to get great results on all projects.

EC: What inspired you to participate in SWE?
KM: I met a PSWE alum at an internship who highly recommended participating in an email so I joined mid-year my freshman year. It took just a few events to get me hooked!

EC: How has SWE benefited you as a person?
KM: I have met girls with really diverse engineering goals and backgrounds which really inspires me as I plan what I want to learn and participate in besides my core classes here at Purdue. It also keeps me aware of what companies look for in potential new hires through all the networking and alumni events.

EC: Who is your idol?
KM: Neils Bohr, I looked forward to his parts when we were assigned to read The Making of the Atomic Bomb, a not-so-lively 886 page physics nonfiction narrative. I like that he was affable despite his brilliance, chronically curious, and a lefty like me –I like to think we would’ve been best friends, maybe.

EC: What is your guilty pleasure?
KM: Blue Jello, episodes of Man vs Wild and Say Yes to the Dress, watching YouTube videos of sleeping bulldog puppies and those sentimental Google Chrome commercials when I should be studying… I could go on J

EC: What was the last song you played on your iPod or music player?
KM: If Only, Dave Matthews Band

EC: If you were not going to be an engineer, what would you be?
KM: Right now I’m really passionate about poetry on the side. When I was little I wanted to be a ballerina, an explorer, or an aviatrix… not very realistic aspirations for someone who can’t even clap to the rhythm of happy birthday, and has a firm fear of heights.

2 thoughts on “Members of the Week 2012-2013”

  1. Vikki is soooooo good at all the intermurals! Heidi was the best lion in the parade! I haven’t met Karen, but I’m sure she is just as awesome as the other too! Hopefully I see her around at some SWE events this week =)

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