Meet the Board: Leann Demorest

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 1.24.47 PMAs 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!

-Audrey Conrad

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Mallory Slavis: EE@P Chair

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. 

DSCN22961. 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.

-Bailey Hayes

Claire Emery: High School Outreach Director

This is another installment in the Meet the Board series. Today, we feature our High School Outreach Director, Claire Emery. She will be PSWE’s secretary next year. IMG_0934

1. What is your favorite PSWE event?

I love our TEAMS events! Bringing the excitement of engineering to young students is very rewarding.

2. What are you most looking forward to in your new position?

I am most looking forward to getting the chance to help steer the direction of the PSWE chapter and to becoming more involved and connected with our members!

3. Why did you pick your major?

I like math, chemistry, and problem-solving – chemical engineering seemed like a great fit.

4. What is your favorite restaurant on campus?

I’ve been quoted saying “I’m always up for Potbelly” because of how frequently I say it.

5. What other organizations are you involved in on campus?

I spend most of my time on school and SWE, but I also am a member of Omega Chi Epsilon, the chemical engineering honors society, and I have sung in PMO choirs in the past.

6. What are you most looking forward to after the semester?

I am most looking forward to traveling over the summer. I am doing a Maymester study abroad to Ireland and will also be visiting Banff National Park in Alberta Canada.

-Peggy Magro

Sydney Worthington: Programs Director

This is another post in the Meet the Board series. Today, we are featuring Sydney Worthington, our Programs Director. She will also be the PSWE Treasurer next year.

1. How did you get involved in SWE?

I got involved in SWE through Team Tech my freshman year. I was also an office assistant.IMG_20160827_123503

2. What is your favorite movie?

One of my all-time favorite movies is Second-hand Lions.

3. How did you choose Purdue?

I chose Purdue because of its high accreditation in mechanical engineering. It also happens to be in-state for me.

4. Do you have any fun plans for this summer?

Yes! I am super excited to be working for GE Transportation in Erie, PA this summer.

5. What is your favorite way to destress?

Depends on the time of day. I like to go running in the morning and to watch Netflix in the evening.

6. Are you involved in any other clubs on campus?

Not really. I tend to focus on one thing at a time and I really like SWE and everything we do.

-Bailey Hayes

Meet the Board: Shifali Reddy

This is part of an ongoing series where we introduce you to our difference board members. Today, we feature our Multicultural Chair, Shifali Reddy.

Image1. Why did you choose to be the Multicultural Chair?

I choose to be Multicultural Chair because I was really interested in being part of the social aspect of SWE. I think Multicultural Chair is pretty unique because I have the ability to learn so much more about different cultures and holidays from around the world and have the opportunity to share all these insights with the other SWE members!

2. What is your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation is going to a city that I’ve never been to before and just getting a chance to explore. I’d much rather spend time in museums learning about history than sitting on a beach.

3. What do you like most about Purdue?

I think the people at Purdue is my favorite part. Coming from New Jersey, I thought college would be super rough and that I wouldn’t be able to make any friends because I literally knew no one when I got here, but all the people have been super supportive and super nice!

4. What would be your last supper, and why?

Honestly, probably just a home-cooked meal would be my last supper because I haven’t had one in a while and that’s really the only thing on my mind at the moment.

5. Why did you join PSWE?

I joined PSWE for the social aspect and networking that SWE provides. PSWE has a multitude of social events for all its members and a ton of networking opportunities, so there’s never a dull moment!

6. Tea or coffee?

Coffee!

-Subhiksha, your editor

Kimi Wylin: PSWE Treasurer

This is part of a series called “Meet the Board,” where we feature our different board members. Today, we feature Kimi Wylin, our treasurer. The treasurer is in charge of the SWE budget and coming up with ways to increase it. 

1. What is your favorite PSWE event?

I love all of the events! If I have to pick a favorite I would say Girl Scout Day. I really enjoy seeing the young girls show their passion for science while having a good time.thumbnail_IMG_6466

2. What is your favorite study break? 

I love to be outside. Pretty much anything outside is a great break for me: hiking, running, playing sports, or even just hanging out listening to music and talking with friends outside.

3. Why did you pick your major?

I picked my major because at one point I intended on going to medical school but also wanted a challenging undergrad degree. Biological engineering was a good option for this. Although I no longer intend on going to medical school (at least not any time soon!) ABE was a great major and provided me with the mindset and work ethic I’ll need in the future.

4. What other organizations are you involved in on campus?

I am an ambassador for ABE, TA for one of the ABE courses, and participate in the Purdue Soybean Innovation Competition in which we develop a novel product idea made from soy.

5. What is the best part about your position as a PSWE Officer?

I like that I am able to help the younger members develop in SWE and life. Its really fun to see how everyone progresses throughout the year. Makes it even more sad that I’ll be gone after this semester!

6. What are you most looking forward to after the semester?

Since the semester is nearly over, I am excited to see how SWE and the board develops for next year! I’ve really enjoyed helping with outreach this year and taking on all of the other treasurer duties. It’s going to be really weird not being a part of it on such a deep level when I graduate!

-Peggy Magro

P.S.: Don’t forget, officer elections are at 6 pm this Friday at ARMS B061. We hope to see you there!

Megan Hedges: Membership Vitality Director

This is another installment in our “Meet the Board” series where we introduce our board members to our readers. Today, we feature Megan Hedges, our Membership Vitality Director. megan

1.     What is your favorite thing about Purdue?

I think my favorite thing about Purdue is the wide variety of clubs available to students. Whether you want experience for a resume or to learn how to juggle, there’s gonna be a club here that can help you out.

2.     Besides SWE, what other extracurriculars are you involved in? 

I am also involved in the Juggling and Unicycling club (meets Wednesdays from 8-10 in the Armory ) which has been a blast for the past three years where I literally learned how to juggle fire! Besides that, I do a lot with the M and M program through Women in Engineering and also volunteer at ACE food pantry (open Tues 2-6 and Sun 6-8 in the Baptist Foundation).

3.     Why did you join PSWE?

I joined as a second semester freshman mainly because I was nervous about there being so few women in my electrical engineering classes. I wanted to find people who could support me and could relate to my situation.

4.     What does your ideal vacation look like, and why?

My ideal vacation would definitely involve lots of chocolate, naps, and horrendously cliché Rom Coms. Also, I want to be surrounded by puppies and learn how to fly.

5.     What does your board position do?

My board position is Membership Vitality Director, so I help out the Recruitment and Recognition, Multicultural, SWEetie Sidekick, and Student Affairs chairs and plan the Ice Cream Social and PCBC (Politically Correct Bar Crawl). On an average week, I will get updates from my chairs on how their events are coming and tackle any problems that may arise for them, put in attendance points if there’s a lot of events at once, and make sure we honor a Member of the Week.

6.     What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure has got to be changing into sweatpants as soon as possible each day. There are definitely days where I enjoy wearing sweatpants even if it’s just for a two hour break between classes.

-Subhiksha, your editor