Student Engineers Win Awards at International Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 12-02-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
530-898-4260

California State University, Chico’s section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) took home two awards from SWE’s international conference in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this fall. 

Engineers pose with their awardThe engineering students earned the Outstanding Collegiate Section Award (OCS) Gold Level and the Outreach Award at the WE15 conference held Oct. 22-24.

The OCS award is based on a collegiate section’s ability to meet SWE’s strategic goals and is assessed on the section’s self-evaluation and activity documentation, among other factors. The gold level is the highest honor.

The Outreach Award was presented in recognition of the section’s annual education event, Imagineer Day. Attracting close to 150 elementary school students each year, the event engages children in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on experiments. CSU, Chico’s SWE section raises donor support to hold the event, in its third year.

“It is extremely humbling and heartwarming to see that all of our hard work, dedication and persistence have paid off with the presentation of not only one award, but two,” said Salam Ali, public relations chair for the section.

The SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and be recognized for their contributions as engineers and leaders. Its 2015 conference attracted more than 8,000 women from around the world in professional and collegiate engineering fields.

CSU, Chico’s SWE aims to promote the study of engineering in local youth through outreach work; create a network of personal support to promote the value of diversity and collaboration; and provide academic and career development for its collegiate members that will help them become leaders and ease their transition into the workplace.

Learn more about the CSU, Chico SWE, including Imagineer Day, at http://csuchico.swe.org/.

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Caption: From left, Chico State SWE members Salam Ali, public relations chair; Erin Baumgartner, administrative officer; Angelina Teel-Jonson, president; and Kylee Davis, vice president.