PittSWE Officers

President:
Dhanu Thiyagarajan



Year: Senior
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry
Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
Activities: SWE, Gluten Free Awareness League, Outside the Classroom Curriculum, Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Magee Women's Hospital Volunteer
Laboratory Experience: MechanoBiology Laboratory, Celiac Disease Research
Industry Experience: GE Healthcare Internship
Interests: Bharatanatyam - Indian Classical Dancing, dancing, tennis
Favorite Part of SWE: Empowering young females to pursue a career in engineering!

Vice President:
Erica Stevens



Year: Senior
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Certificate: German Language
Activities: SWE, Phi Sigma Rho, Tau Beta Pi, Changing Health and Attitudes to Recreate Girls (CHAARG), German Club, Delta Epsilon Iota
Laboratory Experience: Research for Dr. John Barnard (pattern formation in evaporating lysosome droplets), Dr. Jung-Kun Lee (molybdenum thin film fabrication and characterization), Dr. Paul Leu (light trapping simulations for solar cell efficiency), and Dr. Markus Chmielus (magnetic shape memory alloys and additive manufacturing)
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Germany in 2012
Interests: Learning, fitness, German, organizing, reading
Favorite Part of SWE: The sharing of knowledge and experience amongst female engineers in many different ways.

Secretary:
Kylie Zeis



Year: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: SWE, FELT Peer Advisor, Project Sunshine, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Germany
Interests: Pitt Basketball, Pittsburgh Pirates, traveling, music
Favorite Part of SWE: SWE members reach out to younger individuals in the community during the variety events held throughout the year.

Treasurer:
Kim Daloise



Year: Senior
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry
Activities: SWE, Biomedical Engineering Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Delta Epsilon Iota, Animal Lovers Club
Laboratory Experience: Research for Dr. Marra/Dr. Sudheer Ravuri in the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine: Nerve Regeneration using GDNF
Industry Experience: Co-op and summer internship at Bayer HealthCare (formerly MEDRAD)
Abroad Experience: Engineering the Renaissance program in Florence, Italy
Interests: Music (especially country!), the outdoors, Pittsburgh sports, traveling, camping, dancing, spending time with friends and family
Favorite Part of SWE: Interacting with and becoming friends with girls in other engineering departments and working together to give back to our school and community!

Corporate Relations:
Becky Glucksman



Year: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering
Concentration: Structural Engineering
Certificate: Engineering for Humanity
Activities: SWE, Bridges to Prosperity, Tau Beta Pi, Toastmasters
Laboratory Experience: International Research Experience for Students (IRES) summer program, research with Dr. Harries
Industry Experience: Co-op at Crown Castle (one rotation completed)
Interests: Traveling, ruinning, attending concerts and other arts events, museums
Favorite Part of SWE: SWE offers a strong sense of community and support from fellow female engineers.

Corporate Relations:
Emma McBride



Year: Junior
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: French
Activities: SWE, Phi Sigma Rho, Volunteer at Magee Women's Hospital, Reformed University Fellowship
Laboratory Experience: Research in Dr. Eric Lagasse's Laboratory at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Abroad Experience: Pitt in Nantes, France 2014
Interests: Traveling, reading, music
Favorite Part of SWE: Reaching out to younger girls to inspire an interest in engineering

Service Chair:
Catherine McElhining



Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Activities: SWE, Pitt Ballet Club, ChemE Car, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Interests: Chemistry, dance, golf, music, reading, volunteering
Favorite Part of SWE: Connecting with students who have similar interests and goals.

Outreach Chair:
Lisa Cross



Year: Junior
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Industrial Engineering
Activities: SWE, Pitt Band, Tau Beta Sigma, Biomedical Engineering Society
Interests: Music, volunteering
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite aspect of SWE is that it motivates women to be engineers and succeed in a world where engineering is generally considered to be a male dominated career.







Mentorship Chair:
Michelle Banas



Year: Sophomore
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Theater Arts - Design Track
Activities: SWE, FELT Engineering Ambassadors, FSAE, USITT, Red Eye Theater Project
Interests: Softball, theater, dystopian fiction, sewing, racecar
Favorite Part of SWE: The career development opportunities and interaction with engineers in other disciplines.

Fundraising Chair:
Rachel Dunn



Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Activities: SWE, Yoga Club
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Germany in 2014
Interests: Pittsburgh Penguins, soccer, reading, math, hanging out with friends
Favorite Part of SWE: I like the professional development as well as interacting with other female engineers in different activities!

Physical Publicity Chair:
Summer Jiries



Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Economics, Petroleum Engineering
Activities: SWE, ESW Wind Belt Team, AIChE, Chemistry Teaching Assistant
Laboratory Experience: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research - Laboratory of Biomedical Science
Abroad Experience: Engineering for a Better Environment: Brazil 2014
Interests: Traveling, meeting people, working out
Favorite Part of SWE: Empowering women and the endless opportunities

Social Media Publicity Chair:
Tara Manesh



Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: SWE
Interests: Reading
Favorite Part of SWE: Having the opportunity to network with women who have the same interest and goals as me.







Meeting Coordinator:
Becca Lasky



Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: SWE, IIE, Donuts and Dystopias book club
Industry Experience: Co-op with Bombardier Interests: Reading, theatre, movies
Favorite Part of SWE: I really enjoy being able to hang out with fellow engineers especially people in other majors because it seems like you never have classes with them after freshman year.

Social Chair:
Sankavi Rajaram



Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Classics and Computer Science Activities: SWE, FORGE
Abroad Experience: I've visited Spain, Singapore, Italy, Cambodia, England, Ghana, and Australia.
Interests: Basketball, lacrosse, dancing
Favorite Part of SWE: The fact that we're the future Iron Women of America!

Special Events Chair:
Brooke Arnold



Year: Freshman
Major: Bioengineering
Activities: SWE, Math Club
Abroad Experience: Visited France for 2 weeks during the summer of 2014
Interests: Math, crafts, Frozen, skiing, kickboxing
Favorite Part of SWE: I love SWE because everyone there has a common interest and is dealing with the same stress from school work and we can all help each other through it.

Historian:
Casey Kinol



Year: Freshman
Major: Chemical Engineering
Activities: SWE, Pitt Program Council
Interests: Skiing, movies, relaxing, shopping
Favorite Part of SWE: I love how welcoming everyone is and the overwhelming support from upperclassmen.

Crowdfunding:
Geena Petrone



Year: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Math
Activities: SWE, Tutor in the MAC
Interests: Yoga, running
Favorite Part of SWE: SWE opens a lot of doors for female engineers.

Webmaster:
Nina Obwald



Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Bioengineering
Activities: SWE, FELT Engineering Ambassadors, Phi Sigma Rho
Industry Experience: Internship with Ecovative Design
Interests: Volunteering, traveling, music, college basketball, soccer, web design
Favorite Part of SWE: Participating in events to get young students interested in engineering.

Faculty Advisor:
Julie Myers-Irvin



Faculty Counselor:
Michelle Guaragno



Status: Graduate Student in Bioengineering Little Lab
Degrees: MS in Biotechnology from Duquense University, MBA from Point Park University
Co-Founder of Marelle LLC
Favorite part of SWE: Getting to know students and assisting with professional development.