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


Mridula Raghuraman: Fall Outreach Director

This is our last installment this semester for our Meet the Board series. Today, we shine a light on our Fall Outreach Director, Mridula Raghuraman. She is in charge of the Outreach Directorship, which focuses on introducing PSWE to younger kids. 

headshot-fall-retreat1. What got you interested in SWE?

There is such a large variety in what SWE does, and that’s what really got me interested in joining. As a freshman, I was looking for ways to get involved within my major and at Purdue, and SWE had everything from fun social events to helpful professional ones. I also wanted to connect with upperclassmen and find mentors who could give me advice regarding college and career decisions, and everyone in SWE was so friendly and welcoming! I signed up to be an office assistant at the callout and have loved being a part of SWE ever since!

2. What are your future career plans/goals after college and how do you feel SWE has helped make those goals or plans a bit easier?

I would really love to secure a full-time job after college, particularly in healthcare or a related field. My involvement in SWE (having been an office assistant, then a chair, and now a director) has provided me valuable experiences and organization and management skills that can be applied to any job I do. I am excited to be starting a co-op in the spring and give a lot of credit to SWE for preparing me to be a good fit for the position!

3. Favorite way to destress?

I love listening to music to relax. I enjoy practicing my violin or guitar whenever I get the chance as well. On the weekends, I like hanging out with my friends and having occasional movie nights!

4. What got you interested in your major?

I have always thought like an industrial engineer. Industrial Engineering focuses on figuring out how to do things better and more efficiently, which I find myself doing constantly. As a freshman, I didn’t know much about Industrial Engineering, but once I started researching the curriculum, topics such as optimization and ergonomics really stood out and interested me about the major. I realized it was the best choice for me!

5. Why Purdue?

Since I was young, I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Purdue. It is such a highly-recognized university, especially for engineering, and I was always impressed by the university’s facilities, extracurricular opportunities, and professional opportunities each time I visited. Purdue’s campus is also so beautiful and it felt like home from the start!

6. Favorite class you’ve taken here at Purdue?

I’m in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, and the classes I’ve taken for it so far have been really interesting (ENTR 200 and ENTR 310). I think it would be a really exciting career move to start my own business someday, and I’ve enjoyed learning about the process and hearing people’s stories in these classes.

-Roselin Bains

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!

Encourage Budding Women Engineers with GoldieBlox!

I’m sure many of you have seen the viral video advertisement for GoldieBlox, a building game for young girls designed to get them interested in engineering and STEM.  This holiday season, why not join their cause and support their mission to help young girls be inspired to enter a career field traditionally dominated by men? Here are a few ways you can help support GoldieBlox and learn more about the public’s response to their new toy…

1) VOTE! GoldieBlox is in a contest competing for a Super Bowl ad…and you can help them win this spot by voting every day at

2) Spread the word! By liking their Facebook page, sharing their video, or just telling family and friends about this cool new toy.

3) Learn more! Check out GoldieBlox’s website or some of the following articles about the toy and its impact.

Girl Scouts Take Over Armstrong

Girl Scout Day (GSD) provides great opportunities for the girls participating in the event and SWE members. Not only are we actually experiencing engineering first hand by learning how to think of new ways to tackle a problem, we are challenged by the students who want to make the experiment but not really pay attention to the “boring stuff”. Thankfully, for the first batch of girls in the baking powder and vinegar experiment rocket experiment, we did not fine-tune everything so we had to go back to the drawing board to see what we could do, all with the input of the girls. We tried different methods to see which one worked the best.

The Girl Scouts were able to experience mechanical engineering through rockets, electrical engineering through making a DDR pad, civil engineering through the creation of a building made from newspaper and tape, and chemical engineering through the making of “flubber.” They were first introduced to the engineering topic the experiment would be about and were questioned to think about what engineers could do and how they could conduct their experiment.
As for the volunteers, some of us looked better before than after the day; however, we enjoyed the time. Some of us smelt like vinegar and had baking soda and vinegar stuck on our clothes, others were better off in terms of the scent department. At the end of the day, the volunteers for the rockets had to develop an experiment that could be mass produced to produce similar results after each testing—a “launch pad”, and excited parents and girl scouts. At the end of the day, all of us learned something and had a great time with these girls and their parents.

Meet the Outreach Directorship

Note:  This is the first in a series of articles profiling the directorships within the PSWE Executive Board.

Meet the Directorship!

Outreach directorship 2013-2014 School YearThe Outreach Directorship is made up of a team of girls that are passionate about Purdue and engineering. Their overall goal is to try to get people interested in engineering, engineering at Purdue and, of course, PSWE!

Outreach runs events like TEAMS and Girl Scout Day [GSD]. These events, organized by Kara Garrison (TEAMS Day Chair), Anna Bukur (TEAMS Night Chair), and Madeline Meads (GSD Chair), teach kids from K-12 about engineering. They are motivated to inspire kids to continue their education and reach their full potential by using creativity to solve problems.

The Outreach Directorship also runs events like Exploring Engineering at Purdue, run by Michelle Wellman, and Senior Sleepover, run by Holly Avins. These events are geared towards showing juniors and seniors in high school how great Purdue engineering is and helping them explore whether or not Purdue is the right choice for them.

This directorship has events at least two times a month. October and November are even more packed with opportunities to get involved with Outreach! If you are interested in volunteering within the Outreach Directorship, contact either Deanna Esposito or Kaitlyn Fisher, the Outreach co-Directors.

Meet the Directors!

Deanna Esposito

Deanna is a senior in Agricultural and Biological 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 so that I can be more involved in SWE.

Q: What is your favorite part about SWE?

A:  I love that because SWE is such a large organization, it really has the power to make an impact. SWE provides amazing opportunities for SWE members, but we also have a huge presence on campus, and we even impact the people in the community outside of Purdue. This is also why I love to be involved with Outreach.

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

A:  I’m really looking forward to all the new Outreach events we have this year including the TEAMS night events, a second GSD, and more events for Senior Sleepover. The outreach chairs have been working so hard to put together all these events, and I am excited to see their success!

Kaitlyn Fisher

Kaitlyn is a junior in mechanical engineering. She has been a member of the executive board for two years.

Q: Why did you join the executive board?

A:  I joined the executive board because I really like PSWE. I wanted to have a say in how things run and hopefully help make our section the best it can be!

Q: What is your favorite part about SWE?

A:  I love how in SWE I’m surrounded by women in engineering (Swengineers?) because we tend to think in a similar way. Its a nice break from the atmosphere in classes or other groups.

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

A:  I’m really excited for the activities at Girl Scout Day and Senior Sleepover! We’re packing both days with fun filled engineering related projects like make-your-own guitar hero and a photo scavenger hunt, and it’s going to be a really great time.

Upcoming Event Spotlight: Girl Scout Day

Girl Scout Day 2011
The Girl Scouts test their designs in Armstrong during Girl Scout Day in 2011.

Are you excited about sharing your experiences in engineering with others? Looking to be involved in a fun outreach event? Then Girl Scout Day is an event you don’t want to miss!

On Saturday, October 12 from 9 am – 4pm get middle school girls excited about engineering with fun, hands on activities like model rockets and Flubber! You can volunteer to lead activities, give campus tours, or just interact with the girls and share your engineering experiences with them. Over twenty volunteers are needed to make this event a success. If you’d like to get involved contact Madeline.