PittSWE Officers

Becky Glucksman

Year: Senior
Major: Civil Engineering
Concentration: Structural Engineering
Certificate: Engineering for Humanity
Activities: SWE, Pitt Equestrian Team, Chi Epsilon, 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 (two rotations completed)
Interests: Traveling, running, attending concerts and other arts events, museums
Favorite Part of SWE: SWE offers a strong sense of community and support from fellow female engineers.

Vice President:
Becca Lasky

Year: Senior
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.

Kylie Zeis

Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: SWE, FELT Peer Advisor, Project Sunshine, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Germany
Industry Experience: Global Supply Chain Intern at Colgate-Palmolive, Co-op at Mine Safety Appliances (MSA)
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.

Summer Jiries

Year: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Economics, Petroleum Engineering
Activities: SWE, ESW Wind Belt Team, Chemistry Teaching Assistant
Industry Experience: Intern at EQT
Abroad Experience: Engineering for a Better Environment: Brazil 2014, Renewable Energy and Sustainability: Iceland 2015
Laboratory Experience: The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research: Laboratory of Biomedical Science
Interests: Traveling, meeting people, and working out
Favorite Part of SWE: Empowering women and the endless opportunities.

Corporate Relations:
Casey Kinol

Year: Sophomore
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.

Corporate Relations:
Emma McBride

Year: Senior
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

Publicity Chair:
Brooke Arnold

Year: Sophomore
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.

Fundraising Chair:
Emily Kieffer

Year: Junior
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry
Activities: SWE, BMES, Phi Eta Sigma, DesignHub
Laboratory Experience: Student Research Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Aging and Population Health, Prevention Research Center
Interests: Running, fitness, food, jewelry making, and yoga
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite part of SWE is the sense of community that we have established, not only here at Pitt with fellow female engineers, but extending to surrounding schools as well the professional community.

Outreach Chair:
Farah Khan

Year: Sophomore
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry
Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
Activities: SWE, POMS, BMES, Volunteering
Laboratory Experience: Research with Dr. Vipperman - Strengthening Articulated Columns Interests: Traveling, music, animals, anatomy
Favorite Part of SWE: I really enjoy participating in the outreach events that SWE hosts because I love watching kids as young as elementary students decide that they want to pursue science!

Mentorship & Social Chair:
Heather Amper

Year: Sophomore
Major: Civil Engineering
Activities: SWE, Engineers for a Sustainable World
Interests: Church, serving, food, superheroes, and animated movies
Favorite Part of SWE: SWE is a great opportunity to befriend other women in engineering that you do not typically see as well as build career knowledge and professional experience in an enjoyable way.

Public Relations Chair:
Meghan Scott

Year: Senior
Major: Bioengineering
Minors: Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics
Activities: SWE, Colleges Against Cancer: Logistics Chair, BMES
Laboratory Experience: Research for Steve Abramowitch in the Musculoskeletal Research Center: Tear Propagation in a Rat Skin Model
Industry Experience: DSM Biomedical, Biomaterials Co-Op, June 2014-July 2015
Interests: Reading, traveling, fitness classes, movies, Pitt football, Steelers
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite part of SWE is meeting girls from other majors and being able to interact to plan activities to encourage young girls to go into a STEM field in their future.

Meeting Coordinator:
Tara Manesh

Year: Senior
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.

Rachel Kocik

Year: Freshman
Major: Bioengineering
Concentration: Cellular Engineering
Activities: SWE, BMES, RSA
Laboratory Experience: Summer Student Research Technician, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
Interests: Biotechnology, playing and watching hockey, hiking, kayaking, attending concerts and sporting events
Favorite Part of SWE: The amazing sense of community, empowerment, and support from the other members of SWE.

Professional Development Chair: Joy Huang

Year: Sophomore
Major: Bioengineering
Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
Activities: SWE, Pitt Band, POMS, Volunteering
Laboratory Experience: Research with Dr. Vipperman (Articulable column for use in surgery)
Interests: Playing piano, graphic design, drawing, math, badminton
Favorite Part of SWE: Learning from and networking with other engineering students and sharing my own knowledge and passion for engineering with young girls!

Nina Obwald

Year: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Bioengineering
Activities: SWE, FELT Engineering Ambassadors, Phi Sigma Rho
Abroad Experience: Studied at Lund University in Sweden during the fall 2015 semester
Industry Experience: PDP Internship with BASF, 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:
Jennifer Welton

Status: Manager of Corporate Relations, Swanson School of Engineering
Degrees: BA, Communications, University of Pittsburgh
Interests: Traveling, volunteerism, NHL, being a mom
Favorite Part of SWE: Being a part of preparing the best and brightest young women to succeed in their careers and introducing the youngest of women to the field of engineering and all it has to offer.

SWE Counselor:
Erica Stevens

Status: University of Pittsburgh Materials Science and Engineering PhD program
Degree: BS in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Interests: 3D printing, materials characterization, health and fitness, photography and photo editing Favorite part of SWE: My favorite part of SWE is the availability of opportunities. Whether you want help with school or your career, or if you just want some good friends, SWE has you covered.