Solar Eclipse

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!

-Audrey Conrad


MOWs: Beth Poppe, Ash Pujari, Abby Mitchell

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

thumbnail_IMG_4277Name: Beth Poppe
Major: Industrial Engineering
Year: Sophomore
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!

thumbnail_IMG_2666Name: Ash (Ashleysha) Pujari
Major: Electrical Engineering
Year: Sophomore
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.

thumbnail_IMG_0549Name: Abby Mitchell
Major: FYE, going into Materials Engineering
Year: Freshmen
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!

-Megan Hedges

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! 

For FYEs’ Consideration: Materials Engineering

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. 

thumbnail_materialsEngineeringMaterials 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 hathumbnail_material_engineering_small_picve 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.
thumbnail_material-engineeringMSE 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.

-Bailey Hayes

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

Team Tech Update

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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.20170402_151457[1]

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

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

For FYEs’ Consideration: Electrical and Computer Engineering

This is another installment in our “For FYEs’ Consideration” series, where we present the different engineering majors to the FYE students. Today, we present electrical and computer engineering. 

Both electrical and computer engineering majors are contained in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Founded in 1888, this school is the largest at Purdue University and one of the largest of its type in the nation. There are about 1,100 undergraduate students in ECE.

Students learn about both electrical systems and their components and the software programming to control the devices. There are many opportunities for graduates from the School of ECE in industry, research, development, design, production, marketing, operation, and maintenance. Many industries seek electrical engineers to solve difficult challenges including, aerospace, automotive, petroleum, and obviously, the computers and electronics industries.

There are many areas students can choose to focus in through research. Purdue offers specializations in bioengineering, circuit theory, communication sciences, computers, control systems, electromagnetic fields, energy sources and systems, and materials and electronic devices.

ECE classes provide many opportunities for students to learn hands on through labs and demonstrations. Students develop exciting circuit labs such as alarm systems and simple computers with state of the art equipment. They will also design software per creative assignments in C, Java and other hardware based programming. Because of the hands-on lab experience students are prepared to successfully enter industry. ECE is a great opportunity for students looking for technical classwork with hands on lab experience.

-Peggy Magro