FLASHBACK: E-Week Dreamscape

Dreamscape, our National Engineer’s Week 2012 (E-Week) event from last spring, was featured in the latest SWE magazine.  In response to the E-Week theme, “7 billion people, 7 billion dreams. Engineers make dreams a reality,”  the PSWE event asked participants to think about what their future city would look like.  We asked anyone who came by to draw on a blank city skyline. In six hours, the blank city turned into a colorful metropolis of dreams, wishes, and new inventions.

PSWE taped the whole creation process. We edited the film into a 5 minute long video, which can be viewed in this Region H blog post last spring.

Also, you can view the whole SWE article below!


EVENT RECAP: The Revenge of the SWEet Tooth

Hello SWEeties!!

Recently, we had a couple of events centered around sweet guilty pleasures: ice cream and candy. Whether you indulged in creamy ice cream at the Ice Cream Social or gathered various candies at the Candyland directorship fair, PSWE satisfied your cravings about SWE involvement.

To relive all the sweetness, here is a mosaic of both events!

photos by: Lauren Kelso

In the Scope: PSWE advisor shares her personal favs and perspective about award

Beth Holloway, PSWE advisor and WIEP director, received the annual Society of Women Engineers’ Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award this past November.  The award “celebrates an outstanding contribution” by a SWE advisor who has spent at least three years actively mentoring a SWE collegiate section.

According to Holloway, the Outstanding Faculty Award means that she “gets to work with the best students ever.”  She is humbled that her students nominated her for an award that reflects her enjoyment as an advisor.

“I really enjoy seeing the students learn and practice their leadership and management skills,” Holloway said.  “PSWE is great because I get to watch students grow professionally and personally, and then stay in touch with them when they graduate.”

To show appreciation for “the best advisor ever,” the PSWE board decided to find out a bit more about Holloway.  Here is the scope of the interview!

EC:  What hobbies do you have?

BH:  I love to read fiction, go on hikes with my family, and watch movies. And I spend a lot of time watching my kids play their chosen sport each season.

EC:  What’s your food guilty pleasure?

BH:  Is sugar considered a food? I guess anything that has sugar as a main ingredient. I just finished off a container of frosting from the pantry.

EC:  Do you prefer Coca Cola or Pepsi?

BH:  I’m a Dr. Pepper girl.

EC:  What’s the last song you listened to on your iPod?

BH:  Something by Katie Perry – might have been “Wide Awake.”

EC:  What’s the last thing you bought?

BH:  Hmmmm….I think it was either a Polar Pop (I’m addicted) or a ticket to see my daughter play her first volleyball game.

EC:  What’s your favorite TV show?

BH:  Rizzoli and Isles on TNT.

EC:  Why is engineering important to you?

BH:  Engineering is important to me because I see it as a really effective way to change the world. I love being able to play a part, however small, in educating the next generation of world changers.

EC:  What is your favorite color socks to wear?

BH:  I don’t really like socks. I’d rather let my toes breath. Winter is rough because my feet get too cold in sandals and I have to wear regular shoes.

EC:  If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

BH:  My bed, my Kindle, and some peanut butter M&Ms. Heaven.

Congratulations, Beth Holloway!

A Note from the President

Hello all!

I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the coming year! Since 1954, PSWE has been dedicated to its mission: “To empower and support women through innovative programs that provide technical and leadership experience in open and encouraging environments.” Our executive board has been working all summer to plan a variety of events for our members to take advantage of. During Industrial Roundtable (IR), we have professional development and networking opportunities that give our members a leg up in the job search. For our new members, we have a great mentor program that pairs new members with upperclassmen. Returning members can look forward to some unique new social events we are planning for this year. To hear more about how to get involved, attend one of our callouts (7pm August 28th in FRNY G140 or 7pm August 29th in ME 1130). As always, the best way to keep up to date on what’s happening with PSWE is by visiting our website, swe.purdue.org .

~Ashley Stroup


There is a brand new position on the ODC board this year!

Social Competitions Chair

The Social Competitions Chair is in charge of non-engineering related competitions in which SWE participates. One responsibility is the Homecoming float competition. The chair would work closely with Public Relations to produce a winning float, based on that year’s theme, that spreads the visibility of SWE around campus. Social Competitions Chair would also be responsible for finding out what intramural teams SWE would be interested in participating in. They would serve as capain and choose the Co-Captain of the teams SWE signs up for. As per university rules, either the captain or co-captain must be present at all matches. The number of teams and specific sports played is up to the chair’s discretion, and should be based on interest and funds.

If you are interested in applying, go to the SWE page on the GetInvolved website and fill out a petition today!


If you have already applied for a chair position, fill out the following survey (it’s only one question..it’ll take 2 seconds to do) to indicate your interest in the new position.



If you have any questions, contact Ashley Stroup (stroup@purdue.edu ).

A Note from the President

The Officers and I would like to thank everyone who applied for a Director position. We had a lot of talented applicants, and that made our jobs very difficult. After 10 hours of interviews and debating, we are pleased to announce the new Directors:
Professional Development: Amanda Pannell and Jessie Powell
Professional Networking: Maya Denton
Programs: Jerica Barlow
Publicity: Karen Schulz
Outreach: Lauren Neder
Competition Teams: Sheila Sreedhara
Membership Vitality: Ashley Laterza
Region H: McKenna Maier
Congratulations ladies!
-Ashley Stroup