Meet Your Directors: Competitions Director



Describe Yourself:

Kaitlyn Fisher, from Minnesota,kaitlyn is a senior in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in materials. Last semester she studied abroad in Spain. This is her third year on the board. She will be working at Rockwell Collins, Iowa after she graduates. She loves cats.


What is your role in PSWE?

            Kaitlyn is the competition teams director for PSWE. She is a manager on the board for intramurals, team-tech, grand-prix, and homecoming. She ensures all the budgets are correct. She is also the co-chief for grand-prix.


What do you love most about your position?

            Competitions is very technical. She “likes bringing competition to other people”. It’s a lot of fun because it’s “relaxed and goofy”. She also loves working with the grand-prix team.


What events are you looking forward to?

            The machining event that is coming up the week before spring break is what she is most looking forward to. It is going to be really fun. She’s excited because “it’s different from any other event we’ve had”. Everyone will get to work with the machining tools that only mechanical engineers usually get to use.


Words of Advice: 

“Don’t takekaitlyn 2 it too seriously”


Kaitlyn wants everyone to come to the machining event during the week of March 9th 


Meet Your Directors: Outreach Director


Describe yourself:

Chloe Kauffman, from Detroit,Chloe is a senior in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Spanish. She is an undergrad TA for ECE 270. She has been a TA for three years because she “really loves working with people”. She has been a vegetarian for 14 years and has a coin collection.


What is your role in PSWE?

            Chloe Kauffman is the outreach director for PSWE. She oversees all communication in Purdue for outreach events. She is very hands-on with her chairs and enjoys being part of the team as well as the director. Every two weeks she gets together with her chairs and they plan events. She has created a great support system within the directorship that enables everyone within the directorship to work together seamlessly.


What do you love most about your position?

            She loves talking to high school students and “helping them navigate their future”. She also enjoys working with her chairs to plain fun events and enjoys “when it all comes together at the end”. She feels her position is very rewarding and the experience has been “really awesome”.


What events are you looking forward to?

            Girl scouts because PSWE didn’t have the event in the fall. The events will be February 14th and March 1st.  She is also looking forward to Senior Sleepover because the event is expanding.


Words of Advice:

“Never be afraid to ask questions about anything and speak up.”


Chloe would like to give a shout out to her chairs for chloe4
being fun to be around and making the events great!

Meet the Competitions Directorship!

Note:  This profile is the sixth article in a series profiling the directorships within the PSWE Executive Board.

Meet the Directorship and Chairs!

Competitions Directorship
The competitions directorship poses during the fall retreat!

The competitions directorship provides PSWE members the opportunity to network, develop leadership skills, gain technical skills, and have fun through different activities that all revolve around competing. These activities include, homecoming, intramural sports, grand prix and team tech.

Who is in the Competition Directorship: Nicole Solitro (homecoming), Sam Stephens (Intramural Sports), Heidi Klotz (Grand Prix), and Jessica Place (Team Tech).

Meet the Director!

Chloe Heinen
Chloe is a senior in Materials Engineering.  As director, she helps the chairs plan events and gets PSWE excited about all our competitions teams!

Q:  Why did you join the PSWE executive board?
A:  To be a part of the planning involved in the variety of events that PSWE puts on, to develop my leadership skills, and to meet other female engineers.

Q:  What do you love the most about PSWE?
A:  There is always something going on within SWE and so many fun events to attend.

Q:  What compeitions teams event are you looking forward to most?
A:  The Grand Prix Race! Everyone should come support our team!

Here are some pictures of the fun events that competitions worked on throughout this year!

Meet the Professional Development and Professional Networking Directorships!

Note:  This profile is the fifth article in a series profiling the directorships within the PSWE Executive Board.

Meet the Professional Development Chairs!

Professional Development is in charge of two major events that occur in each semester of the school year, and also monthly company-sponsored events.

Day with Industry – Karen Martinez

The first major event, Day With Industry, occurs on the Sunday before Industrial Roundtable in September. The event has consistently brought in 15+ companies. The day consists of a networking lunch in the Union Ballroom with recruiters, followed by panel discussions hosted by the recruiters. The panel discussions are tailored to reflect professional development skills that students need for IR, and it allows for students to openly ask questions without the pressure of being one-on-one with a recruiter. A networking social occurs at the conclusion of the event.

Market Yourself – Aneeta Bapat
The second major event, Market Yourself, usually occurs during the week or two prior to EXPO (main Spring job fair). It is solely sponsored by Procter & Gamble, and P&G representatives attend a buffet lunch and host development breakout sessions following lunch. There is also a networking social at the conclusion of the event.
Corporate Relations – Si Hui Wong
This chair facilitates corporate-sponsored events that are “created” throughout the year. This means that no two years’ events are the same, which allows the Chair to continuously try, or repeat, events. This year we had some great ones – quite a variety! Some ones to highlight include: An etiquette dinner with Anthony Cawdron (he’s absolutely phenomenal); a MaryKay sponsored event where attendees learned how to apply professional makeup; a fashion show hosted by Halliburton; and a cooking demonstration in the Co-Rec hosted by Whirlpool.

Meet the Professional Networking Chairs!

The Professional Networking Directorship hosts events to promote the value of networking. Many students don’t initially see the value of developing relationships with professionals if they are not directly being asked for a resume. Our directorship tries to develop students’ professional communication abilities and confidence. We also connect diverse Purdue students to a large range of industries.

Networking Night – Julia Hom

Julia is in charge of Networking Night. Networking Night occurs the Monday night of the week of Industrial Table. Networking Night is a chance to meet company representatives in a casual setting. She is in charge of setting up mock interviews between students and company representatives and making the event flow smoothly. Julia is a senior in Chemical Engineering and a co-op student with SABIC.

Trade Show – Beata Strubel

Beata is in charge of running the first ever Corporate Engineering Trade Show. This event was co-sponsored by SWE, NSBE, MAES, SASE and SHPE. She is responsible for creating the overall vision of the Trade Show, communicating with companies and advertising. She worked very closely with our Conferences team to execute one of our largest events on campus. Beata is a sophomore in Chemical Engineering.

PD and PN Directorships
The Professional Development and Professional Networking Directorships at the Fall Callout.

Meet the Professional Development Director!

Allie Sexton

Allie is a senior in construction engineering management.

Q:  Why did you join the PSWE Executive Board?

A:  I joined the executive board my sophomore year here at Purdue, because I immediately identified SWE as an excellent way to get to know female engineers and to help me develop leadership skills. I had no real experience as a leader prior to joining the executive board, and I can definitely tell the difference in confidence and approaches to problems between freshman and senior year.

Q:  What Professional Development events are you looking forward to?

A:  am mostly looking forward to the new and exciting events hosted by Si! It should be a great end to my time with Purdue SWE.

Meet the Professional Networking Director!

Jakki Kielty 

The Professional Networking director assists the chairs however she is needed. In addition, the PN director is responsible for planning and hosing the annual SWE Awards Banquet. The PN director, like other directors in PSWE, is the link between the officers, directors and other chairs. She also communicates with company representatives that are interested in our events and works closely with Purdue Conferences to put on all directorship events. Jakki is a senior in Electrical Engineering and a co-op student with Duke Energy.

Q:  Why did you join the PSWE Executive Board?

A:  I joined the executive board to get more involved with PSWE and develop my leadership skills. Purdue Society of Women Engineers is a great group of professional and friendly women who are extremely determined and hard working. I am very glad to be a part of this organization for all of my years at Purdue, and serving three years on the executive board. I look forward to continuing on the board next year and attending more SWE events.

Q:  What do you love the most by about PSWE?

A:  I love all of the diversity of the SWE events we have. We definitely have something for everyone. We have technical teams, professional events, community service and outreach events and events that are just for meeting more women in engineering! Even if you do not know anyone going to the event, the attendees are always very welcoming and are always willing to chat with new people.

Q:  What are you looking forward to the most in your directorship?

A:  We had a very successful first run of the Trade Show this year and are looking forward for its return next year. I would like to say thanks to all of our volunteers and company sponsors for making this event possible!

Meet the Public Relations Directorship

Note:  This profile is the fourth article in a series profiling the directorships within the PSWE Executive Board.

Meet the Directorship and Chairs!

Public Relations DirectorshipThe Public Relations Directorship is the behind-the-scenes directorship that helps get the word out about how amazing PSWE is and the upcoming events within PSWE.  Our chairwomen are Atiqah Rahmen, the Publicity Chair, and Molly Riccitelli, our Webmaster. Both Atiqah and Molly get dates and information about upcoming events from other members of the board.

Publicity – Atiqah Rahmen 
Using information from other board members, Atiqah creates fliers, writes on whiteboards, chalks sidewalks and creates sheetsigns for the events requesting these forms of advertisement. Atiqah also runs a publicity committee as needed to help her with advertising. She also posts announcements through ECN and the secretaries in the engineering offices. Make sure to be on the lookout for her advertisements!

Webmaster – Molly Riccitelli
Molly handles most of our digital advertising. Molly runs the PSWE Facebook pagewebsite, and twitter for Purdue SWE. These resources are all great ways to keep involved with SWE and learn what events are coming up! We strongly encourage people to communicate within the organization on the Facebook page and tweet at us (@pswesays) during events or about events. We welcome engineering jokes and questions on both the Facebook page and on Twitter.

Meet the Director!

Theresa Matthews
The Public Relations Director helps the chairs however needed by the chairs. She also acts as the liaison between the officers, other directors and her chairwomen. This helps keep everyone on the same page about what needs advertising, what’s been advertised and how advertising is going. The director also plans the fall cookout and the spring pancake breakfast.  Theresa is a senior in Chemical Engineering.

Q:  What Public Relations event are you looking forward to?
A:  For those who missed the free hotdogs and information about PSWE in the fall… be ready for the pancake breakfast after spring break. We’re waiting for the weather to warm up, so expect free pancakes around the end of March or early April!

Thanks for learning about the Public Relations Directorship. We love talking about Purdue SWE, so if you have any questions about what we do or how you can learn more about PSWE, feel free to email the Public Relations director Theresa at

Meet the Membership Vitality Directorship

Note:  This is the third article in a series profiling the directorships within the PSWE Executive Board.

Meet the Directorship!

Membership Vitality Directorship

The Membership Vitality directorship is all about making sure students get the most out of their SWE membership. They work on developing ways to increase membership, reward members for attending events and getting involved, and create an open and inviting atmosphere for students to connect.

Meet the Chairs!

Membership Vitality Directorship
Lindsey, Daniell, Devon, and Cynthia have some fun at the ODC retreat

Recruitment and Recognition – Lindsey Frey
Lindsey is in charge of recruiting new members to SWE. She plans the callouts in the fall and the Spring Kickoff. She also hosts the Senior Reception in the spring which celebrates all the graduating members of SWE and WIEP.

Student Affairs – Jenny Sun
Jenny collects the attendance data from all the SWE events and compiles it into a big database. For each SWE event you attend, you earn points which can be put towards awesome prizes.

Multicultural – Daniell Gaerke
Daniell plans a couple of events each semester that help SWE members learn more about different cultures. Last semester, we had a disability awareness night and invited the Purdue Roobaroo Team to teach us an Indian dance routine.

SWEetie Sidekick – Cynthia Ramirez
SWEetie Sidekick is a mentoring program where freshman are paired up with upperclassmen. Cynthia is in charge of organizing these pairs and setting up monthly meetings and events. Pairs are encouraged to attend additional SWE events together as well as meet up on their own. This program provides a great way to bond with someone over school, SWE, or other common interests and get some great advice.

Roobaroo Dance Night
Learning how to dance at Roobaroo Dance Night!

Meet the Director!

Devon Tamm

Devon oversees the 4 chair positions in her directorship as well as plans the ice cream social in the fall and PCBC in the spring. Over the summer, she organizes and sends out information packets to incoming freshmen so they can get involved right away. Devon is a senior in Chemical Engineering

Q:  Why did you join the executive board?

A:  I joined the executive board because after being an office assistant for a semester, I was looking for a way to get more involved. Based on the events I attended and the board members I talked to, it seemed like a great way to gain leadership skills and work with engineers from other disciplines.

Q:  What is your favorite part about SWE?

A:  What I love most about SWE is the amazing opportunities it offers. You are given the chance to travel to the regional and national conferences and you are put into contact with some amazing women in the field of engineering. Just last semester, the president of national SWE came to Purdue and spoke with members of PSWE. What an awesome experience!

Q:  What Membership Vitality events are you most looking forward to this semester?

A:  This semester, I’m looking forward to all of the unique multicultural events and celebrating with all the graduating SWE members at the Senior Reception later this spring.

Meet the Programs Directorship

Note:  This is the second article in a series profiling the directorships within the PSWE Executive Board.

Meet the Directorship!

Programs Directorship Chairs
The Programs Directorship Chairs display their poster at the Fall Callout.

The Programs Directorship’s overall goal is to provide opportunities for Purdue SWE members to learn, serve, and socialize together. They organize many of the great events that keep members excited about engineering, Purdue, and SWE!

Programs chairs are in charge of the All Member Meetings (AMMs) (Catie Cowden), social events (Sophia Horst), community service events (Chloe Kauffman), and E-week (Ele Chakraborty). The chairs are responsible for planning and running their events while coming up with new ideas to make them even better.

This directorship host events multiple times a month. The last programs event of the year is a combined social/community service event on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6PM to 7:30PM. Come to write letters to soldiers with food provided! Next semester, look for the first AMM on Thursday, January 30th. Some other large programs events to look out for next semester are the E-Week dance (Friday, February 21st) and a 5K “Pi” run close to Pi Day (exact date TBD).

Meet the Director!

Brittany Kaiser

Brittany is a junior in Mechanical Engineering. This is her second year as an executive board member.

Q: Why did you join the executive board?

A:  I joined the executive board because it is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience.

Q: What is your favorite part about SWE?

A:  What I love most about PSWE are all of the events we have. My favorites include the AMMs, social events, and, of course, intramurals!

Q: What Programs events are you most looking forward to this year?

A:  I am really looking forward to some of next semester’s events including a dance for E-week and a 5K run!