CSU, Chico News

Women Engineers Win Two Regional Awards

Date: 05-29-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers won regional awards this month for professional development and retention of members.

The Society of Women Engineers is a service and educational organization with 100 professional chapters and 300 student chapters that promote engineering as a career for women. CSU, Chico’s chapter is in a region with other collegiate chapters in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Among the activities for which the CSU, Chico chapter was honored was an April 28 all-day event for 80 area Girl Scouts that introduced them to the field of engineering.

This was the third year in the row CSU, Chico’s chapter has won an award for its efforts to develop interest in engineering as a career.

Sue Hubbard, adviser to the chapter and lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said the chapter has also done an excellent job building its membership. She said the group currently has 43 members and has grown from what is considered a small section to a medium section.

“I have been so impressed with these young women,” Hubbard said. “They have hosted conferences and outreach events and done other activities while taking full loads of very difficult classes.”

Chapter President Jennifer Lasell said the members will find out in October if they have won any national awards.