Its obvious when walking into an engineering class that women are the minority. This doesn’t change when working in industry or even climbing the “corporate ladder”. However, as of 2017, there are a record number of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, totaling at 32. This means less than 7% of the United States’ biggest companies, ranking by revenue, are women. The highest ranked company is General Motors at number eight led by Mary Barra. Barra obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a Masters in Business from Stanford University.
Others on the list include:
- IBM CEO and Computer Science and Electrical Engineer Ginni Rometty
- PG&E CEO and Industrial Engineer Geisha Williams
- Occidental Petroleum CEO and Mineral Engineer Vicki Hollub
- Sempra Energy CEO and Civil Engineer Debra Reed
- CMS Energy CEO and Purdue Industrial Engineer Patti Poppe
- Graybar Electric CEO and Telecommunications Engineer Kathy Mazzarella
- Avon Products CEO and Chemical Engineer Sheri McCoy
- and CH2M Hill CEO and Environmental Engineer Jacqueline Hinman.
A full list of Fortune 500 women CEOs can be found using this link. These women have broken barriers and paved the way for both men and women on their way up and show promise of a change for the future of business and engineering.
I hope these women and your fellow SWEople (SWE people!) help motivate you to start the semester off strong!
As the new school year begins I would like to take a moment and introduce to you our new president for SWE. Leann is a senior in Chemical Engineering and is super excited to share her passion for SWE with all of you!
Why did you choose Purdue?
I decided to come to Purdue after attending Senior Sleepover. During that weekend, I fell in love with Purdue, and I couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else. I also wasn’t sure about what engineering discipline I wanted to study, so First Year Engineering was a big draw!
How did you learn about PSWE?
I learned about PSWE when I came for Senior Sleepover. Once I got to campus, I went to the SWE callouts, signed up to be an office assistant, and got as involved as possible. I haven’t looked back since!
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is teal! I have so many teal-colored things…
Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve been trying to learn how to sew for a while because I think it would be cool to make my own clothes. I’m also training for the Purdue Half Marathon in my spare time. Oh, and I love to read while drinking good coffee!
What is your favorite restaurant here on campus?
It’s not really on campus, but Monical’s Pizza! Pizza is my favorite food, and this is by far my all-time favorite pizza place. As for actually on campus, I really like Vienna and Greyhouse for coffee!
Have a great week!
On Monday August 21, 2017 the Purdue University campus will be treated to a glimpse of a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun casting a shadow on the earth. While West Lafayette is not in the path of totality, meaning full coverage if the sun by the moon we will see 90 percent coverage. Looking directly at the solar eclipse can be extremely harmful to our eyes so a few groups around campus are hosting safe viewing events. Below you will find a list of the informational events happening around campus.
The College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST): 1-4 pm at the Loeb Fountain
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Purdue Astronomy Club: 12 pm on the south end of Memorial Mall
David Sederberg a Physics and Astronomy Outreach Coordinator will be on hand at the College of Education viewing event to demonstrate how to properly view the solar eclipse through a telescope. Sanjay Rebello who is a professor of Science Education, Physics and Astronomy will be giving a brief talk on solar eclipses at 2:45 pm.
Have fun, be safe and enjoy this natural phenomenon!
For our final post of the school year, we bring you the final Members of the Week for this semester. Today, we feature Beth Poppe, Ash Pujari
Name: Beth Poppe
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Grass Lake, MI
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister in SWE at the University of Michigan!
Favorite part about SWE: I love doing outreach events at the local schools. I think it is so important to show kids how cool engineers are so that one day they can aspire to be an engineer in the way that people aspire to be doctors or lawyers. Also, everyone in SWE is so welcoming and fun, it really is an awesome community of super cool women on campus!
Name: Ash (Ashleysha) Pujari
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Fun Fact: I have watched all nine seasons of The Office 6 times.
Favorite part about SWE: All the members are wonderful and want you to feel welcomed into the organization.
Name: Abby Mitchell
Major: FYE, going into Materials Engineering
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN
Fun Fact: I’m the oldest of 5 siblings!
Favorite part about SWE: My favorite part about being is SWE is all the great opportunities it creates for women of all ages. I also love the supportive environment of the organization!
Editor’s Note: On behalf of everyone on the 2016-2017 Executive Board, I hope you all have a great summer! For those of you graduating, good luck in all of your future endeavors!
This is another installment of our “For FYEs’ Consideration” series, where we introduce first-year engineers to the different engineering disciplines at Purdue. Today, we feature Materials Engineering.
Materials engineers combine physics, chemistry, and engineering to develop new materials. Materials engineering at Purdue began as an option in metallurgy for students in the School of Chemical Engineering; in 1959 the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering split into two separate schools. The School of Metallurgical Engineering became what is today known as the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Graduates from Purdue’s materials program have gone on to work in industry, government, and other schools.
Many of the classes that materials science and engineering (MSE) students take focus on the properties and processing of materials. Students will take classes such as Structure and Properties of Materials Engineering, Materials Processing Laboratory, and Mechanical Response of Materials. Because chemistry plays a major role in MSE, students also take chemistry classes such as organic chemistry.
MSE students at Purdue have fantastic opportunities to get involved. They can join the Materials Research Society, the American Ceramic Society, and several other clubs specifically for students studying materials engineering. Study abroad is an amazing opportunity open to MSE students. Recently, MSE students have studied abroad in Spain, Japan, Germany, and Australia. MSE students also have the opportunity to participate in research, including research in areas such as microstructure and composition, mechanical and thermal properties, and physical properties.
After they graduate, most MSE students go on to work in industry. Materials engineers often work in areas such as research and development, where they study the properties of certain materials and develop new materials. Many materials engineers specialize in a certain type of material, such as metals, ceramics, or plastics. Students who wish to earn a graduate degree in MSE can do so at Purdue.
This is another installment of our Meet the Board series. Today, we are featuring Mallory Slavis, the Exploring Engineering at Purdue (EE@P) Chair. She will be PSWE’s vice president next year.
1. Why Purdue?
Purdue landed on my radar after attending for volleyball camp while in high school, and after also attending PSWE’s Senior Sleepover, I was too in love with the Purdue atmosphere to even consider anywhere else!
2. Are you currently watching anything on Netflix?
Yes! I am currently learning American Sign Language, so I enjoy watching Switched at Birth and using it to practice.
3. How did you choose your major?
I chose my major after attending an Engineering Interest Seminar freshman year, and strongly relating to the presentation given about Industrial Engineering.
4. Any hobbies/clubs other than SWE?
Too many haha. I am a finance co-chair in Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity), Vice-President of Apollonian Club (Third Street Suites Hall Club), Band Manager for Tower Six (an alternative rock band comprised of Purdue students), and I’m on the Leadership Team for WIEP’s i2R program.
5. How did you get involved with SWE?
I sought SWE out from the moment I came on campus, since attending their Senior Sleepover in high school was such a huge part of my decision to attend Purdue.
6. What is your favorite dessert?
This is a tough one for me, but probably cookies.
“We met at Greyhouse recently to begin assembly of our first robot. This robot will give us the opportunity to work on our understanding of electronic components and our Arduino programming skills prior to the production of our full prototype. The robot will identify objects, sort, and relocate them per a set of instructions.
Our corporate sponsor this year is Praxair. We’ve had the opportunity to tour their South Bend facility and observe their material handling practices in action. It was a great chance to learn about workplace efficiency, the economics of pairing people with machines, and occupational safety.
We are also grateful to Professor Grant Richards in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, who gave us a tour of a robo
tics lab in Knoy and offered advice on robotics design.
The team is looking forward to attending the SWE Annual Conference in Austin, TX this fall.”
-Tina Landon and Zin Naing, Team Tech co-chairs