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ANNOUNCEMENTS!


Conference Committee Co-Chair Elections

Interested in getting more involved with SWE at RPI? The conference committee is currently looking for two enthusiastic members to spearhead the 2016 conference proposal. Applications are due by Saturday, April 19th and are available here. Please email your completed applications to Emily Frantz.


End of SWEmester Survey!

Its that time of year again! Fill out the end of semester survey to let us know what's working and what isn't. Fill out the survey by Saturday, April 26th and get one activity point for participating!


National Conference Scholarships

Want to join RPI SWE in Los Angeles this fall for the national conference? Here's your chance! Fill out the scholarship application by Sunday, April 27th for your chance at attending national conference.


Women in STEM Study

RPI SWE has receieved the message below about participating in a study on women in STEM fields. Read below to find out how you can participate or watch this video.
My name is Michelle Murray and I am a graduate student at the University at Albany currently working on receiving a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I am currently doing a student on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. The study is looking at ways in which women at RPI cope with some of the barriers they are up against when entering a still male-dominant field and campus, and how those experiences can affect their commitment to persist and thrive in STEM majors.
So, if you are a woman in a STEM major, I would love to have your input! With your help we can further research in the area of women's career development in non-traditional fields, and also find ways in which schools like RPI can better serve women and continue to reduce the barriers that women face when entering STEM fields.
If you are interested in participating in my study, you can click this link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=157840


Congrats to RPI SWE

This weekend, RPI SWE brought 19 members to the SWE Region F conference at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. We were fortunate to have won two awards at this conference: the Communications Award and Professional Development Award! Great job ladies!


Smart Lighting Update from Jan GBM

Dr. Karlicek, who spoke at our January GBM, has an new update about Smart Lighting! He writes: "I thought you’d like to see the new connected lighting system from Philips – all lights have ambient light sensors and motion detectors and are powered using “Power over Ethernet” – increasingly being looked at to power lighting and handle data. This is the approach Cisco is taking, and with new uPoE standards (more copper for higher power delivery), they might become more commonplace. It is interesting to note too, that presently it is less expensive for an electrician to run CAT 5 or CAT 6 cable than it is to run AC power when installing lights, so one can get a fat data pipe and power to the light all in one cable. Based on the lighting being installed and the sensors used, this is still pretty far behind what we are developing in the ERC – but it is a validation of our vision of sensorized lighting for advanced controls and new capabilities for Smart Lighting." You can also view additional information here.


Creating a Framework for a Successful Career and Life

Come join SWE and Women's Mentor Program for a presentation by Professor James Hamerstone about his best-selling book "A Woman’s Framework for a Successful Career and Life". The presentation will help young women and men learn how to succeed in a career while balancing that with the rest of her life. This event will be help on April 15 from 7 to 8:15 PM in DCC 324. Click here for more information about this event.


Senior to Professional Social

SWE seniors! Connect with the professionals of the New York State Capital Region at the Senior to Professional Social! You can ask any questions you have about being involved in SWE as a professional and working as a professional as well! This event will be held on April 16 from 5 to 7 PM in Union 3606. Click here to RSVP for this event!


April GBM

Come to this month's GBM to learn how to become a more effective public speaker. Food will be provided! This is a great event to attend if you are interested in just getting started in SWE. This GBM will be held on April 21 from 6 to 7 PM in Mother's.


Tee Off with SWE

Come join SWE and learn the basics of golf on Wednesday, April 23 from 3:15 to 6:15 PM at National Golf Club. If you ever have a professional event that requires you to pick up a club, you will be at ease and know exactly what you are doing. You must be a National member to attend this event. Sign up, first come, first serve here!


Brown's Pub Brewery Tour

Ever wonder how your beer makes it to your table? Sign up here to take an exciting tour of Troy's Brown's Brewery on Wednesday, April 30 from 11 AM to 1 PM! We will be meeting at the Union Horseshoe at 10:45 AM.


Congratulations to our Newly Elected Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the RPI SWE Executive Board for 2014-2015!
President - Emily Frantz
Vice President - Carolyn Chlebek
Treasurer - Donna Creighton
Secretary - Kirthana Bhat
Corporate Relations Director - Catie Barry
Knowledge Source Director - Megan Curtin
Outreach Director - Jessica Stieglitz
Alumni Relations Director - Samantha Bliss
Membership Director - Gina Trivellini
Publicity Director - Morgan Kube
Communications Director - Samantha Holton
Co-Engineering Event Director - Cassie Megna
Co-Engineering Event Director - Weronika Jakubowska


Miss the March GBM?

At the March GBM we elected our new officers for the 2014-2015 school year! Congratulations to our new E-Board and thank you to everyone who ran for a position! We also had pizza, a potluck, and a couple of announcements. To view the slides from the GBM, click here!


Miss the February GBM?

At the February GBM, representatives from GE Power & Water talked about the importance of networking and GE's renewable energy development program. To view the slides from the meeting, click here!


February Members of the Month!

Congrats to our February Members of the Month! This month there were six members of the month: Emily Aaldenberg, Amber Gansz, Abbey Gillett, Dannah Laguitan, Sarah Jenkins, and Cassie Megna! Great job to all!


Miss the January GBM?

During the January GBM, Professor Karlicek from the Smart Lighting ERC gave a presentation on his work and what goes on at our nationally recognized Smart Lighting ERC center. We had a great turnout for this meeting! You can catch up on SWE announcements from the meeting here!

Looking for a GBM Presentation or past news about RPI SWE?
Previous Announcements from the 2013-2014 Academic Year Can be Found HERE