PittSWE Officers

President:
Kaleigh Smith



Year: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Certificates: Sustainability
Activities: OAFA Social Media Ambassador, Elsie Hillman Civic Forum Intern, Phi Sigma Rho
Industry Experience: Curtiss-Wright Mechanical Design Engineer Co-op, MSCI Undergraduate Research Program
Abroad Experience: French Nuclear Fuel Cycle in Rouen, France and Engineering of the Renaissance in Florence, Italy
Interests: puppies, music, rock climbing, Fiori's pizza
Favorite Part of SWE: Inspiring kids at outreach events and working with motivated people!

Vice President:
Heather Amper



Year: Senior
Major: Environmental Engineering
Activities: SWE, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Youth Ministry Leader
Industry Experience: AECOM Environment Student Intern
Interests: Sustainability, meeting new people, church, food, and Netflix documentaries
Favorite Part of SWE: I really enjoy the network of people SWE has established in my life as well as the opportunity I get to inspire young minds to enter engineering.

Secretary:
Joy Huang



Year: Senior
Major: Bioengineering
Minors: Chemistry, Mathematics
Activities: SWE, Tau Beta Pi, ARC Tutor, Chemistry and Bioengineering Teaching Assistant, Hospice volunteer
Laboratory/Abroad Experience: Cardiovascular Systems Laboratory; Medical Engineering Research & Commercialization Initiative Laboratory (Singapore); Sound, Systems, and Structures Laboratory
Interests: Playing piano, graphic design, drawing, math, badminton
Favorite Part of SWE: Inspiring young girls to pursue STEM fields!

Treasurer:
Laura Traczynski



Year: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering
Minors: Economics
Activities: SWE, Phi Sigma Rho, Pitt Dance Ensemble
Industry Experience:Co-op at Franjo Construction Corporation
Interests: Tap dancing, musicals, food
Favorite Part of SWE: I love that I have the opportunity to work with other women in engineering who share my passions. Also, the outreach events are always a lot of fun.

Corporate Relations:
Casey Kinol



Year: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Economics
Activities: ChemE Car, Tau Beta Pi
Industry Experience: Co-op with Lubrizol
Abroad Experience: Paris, London, Rome, Ireland
Interests: Movies, cats, puzzles, shopping
Favorite Part of SWE: Helping with outreach events! I love getting younger girls involved in STEM.

Corporate Relations:
Jackie Welsh



Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: Student Consulting for Nonprofits, running, biking, swimming, hiking, yoga, reading, and skiing.
Abroad Experience: Studied sustainability in Costa Rica with the Plus 3 Program
Interests: Being outside, being active, travel, going to concerts, hanging out with friends, world issues, and new technology.
Favorite Part of SWE: I love being a part of an organization that focuses on the empowerment of women in STEM fields, and having this network of amazing opportunities to give back and grow in my career.

VP of Outreach:
Farah Khan



Year: Senior
Major: Bioengineering
Minors: Mechanical Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Innovation Institute, Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership
Laboratory Experience: Sounds, Systems and Structures Lab with Dr. Vipperman studying flexible, articulable columns
Industry Experience: Philips Respironics Co-Op (Jan 2017-Dec 2017)
Abroad Experience: Vira I. Heinz scholarship recipient, studied urban and rural healthcare delivery in Mumbai, India and Malavli, India
Interests: Music, concerts, sustainability, eating ice-cream, travelling
Favorite Part of SWE: I love SWE because it gives me the opportunity to network with other women and share what I love about engineering with younger students in our community!

Mentorship Chair:
Kelsey Prem



Year: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
Industry Experience: S.T. Hudson
Interests: Cooking, yoga, Netflix, sports, spending time with friends
Favorite Part of SWE: Volunteering at the outreach events and being able to share my love of engineering with the younger girls!

Webmaster:
Lauren Czerniak



Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minors: Mathematics
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Abroad Experience: Global Business Institute: London Summer 2017, Awarded George W. and Dianna L. Whetsell International Studies Fund for Industrial Engineering, Traveled to Riviera Maya, Mexico
Interests: Biking, shopping, golfing, yoga, being active, water skiing, spending time with friends, traveling, nutrition, mathematics
Favorite Part of SWE: I love that the organization gives me the opportunity to meet other females who share the same interests as me and together we are able to spread the engineering field to other young females and students!

Publicity Chair:
Veronica Radin



Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: Phi Sigma Rho (Engineering Social Sorority), Student Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Chabad, Hillel, Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC)
Abroad Experience: Plus3: Germany (Summer 2016), Birthright Israel (Winter 2016), INNOVATE: China (Spring 2017)
Interests: Music, animals and babies
Favorite Part of SWE: I love the community of girls who I get to see everyday in Benedum! Seeing so many familiar faces gets me through the day.

Social Chair:
Sarah Bednar



Year: Senior
Major: Computer Engineering
Minors: Math, Economics
Activities: SWE, WiCS, IEEE, Math Club
Industry Experience: Systems Engineering Co-op at ABB
Abroad Experience: Clean Energy Grid Engineering in Scandinavia
Interests: Reading, health and fitness, sustainability, graphic design, fashion
Favorite Part of SWE: Being able to share my passion for engineering with younger girls and boys!

Historian:
Julia Jones



Year: Freshman
Major: Civil Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers(SWE), United Students Against Sweatshops(USAS)
Abroad Experience:EF Language and Culture Tour: France & Spain (2015)
Interests: Listening to music, gardening, camping, studying with friends, physics, getting fro yo
Favorite Part of SWE: I love meeting and being around so many smart ladies that are as excited about science as me!

Public Relations:
Stephanie Thornton



Year:Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Activities: SWE, Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority
Abroad Experience:Pitt Plus3 Costa Rica
Interests: Reading, running, listening to music, Disney, Pittsburgh Pirates
Favorite Part of SWE: I love building friendships with the other SWE members and working with them to inspire other young women to become leaders and engineers.

Graphic Designer:
Alex Lee



Year: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minors: Italian
Activities: SWE, CHAARG, Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Abroad Experience: Personal travel to Italy, London, Japan, and France
Interests: Traveling, making art, animals, hiking
Favorite Part of SWE: I love getting to spark younger girls interest in engineering at outreach events and getting to work with other amazing women engineers!

Meeting Coordinator:
Taylor Daniels



Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Economics, Chemistry
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Resident Assistant, Red Cross Club, Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Laboratory Experience: Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland
Interests: Lacrosse, music, food, binge watching TV series on Netflix
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite part about being in SWE is that I am a part of a great group of women who are passionate about engineering and show it through putting on the many awesome outreach and professional events that we have!

Fundraising Chair:
Caroline Westrick



Year: Sophomore
Major: Bioengineering
Minors: Chemistry
Activities: SWE, sailing club, research
Abroad Experience: Studied in Edinburgh, Scotland 2015-2016; studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia 2012-2013
Interests: Sailing, playing viola, salsa dancing, research, spending time with friends, cooking, being outdoors
Favorite Part of SWE: There's a certain solidarity about filling Benedum 157 with solely women. After spending all day in classes with mostly men, SWE is a great release and a reminder that there are other women who are excelling in male-dominated fields, and SWE allows us to act as that reminder for younger girls as well!

Girl Scout Outreach Chair:
Abigail Kulhanek



Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry
Activities: Society of Women Engineers, Outside the Classroom Curriculum, Freshman Engineering Conference Co-chair, Freshman Engineering Leadership Team Peer Advisor, Undergraduate Engineering Education Research, Omega Chi Epsilon
Laboratory Experience: Advanced materials for aqueous salt water batteries during a co-op rotation at Aquion Energy and a safer, greener alternative to traditional hair dye and hair bleaching in ChE 414: Prototyping
Industry Experience: Clean Room Technician at PPG Industries, Intern at nanoGriptech, Process Engineer Co-op at Covestro, and Research and Development Co-op at Aquion Energy
Abroad Experience: Innovate: Global Issues in Engineering and Business-Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou, China
Interests: crafting, painting, cooking, running, reading, yoga, traveling, spending time with friends, napping
Favorite Part of SWE: I love the outreach events-teaching younger girls about engineering and getting them excited about a potential future in engineering. It makes me so happy seeing them have fun designing a building out of playdough and straws to test on a shake table or creating a "pipeline" to simulate water being transferred into a waste water treatment facility.

High School Outreach Chair:
Sydney Winner



Year: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Phipps Conservatory Discovery Volunteer, Peer Advisor
Abroad Experience: Plus 3 Italy, Pitt in Edinburgh
Interests: Reading, Photography
Favorite Part of SWE: I love all that SWE does to encourage women to succeed in STEM fields. The other members of SWE are so friendly and provide a great support network that has helped me succeed in my own engineering journey. I'm so excited to share that support with new engineers!

Middle School Outreach:
Eryn McCormick



Year: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minors: Economics
Activities: SWE, just finished as President of Forbes Hall, Appalachia Work Camp
Interests: Volunteering, meeting new people, and playing volleyball
Favorite Part of SWE: I love having the opportunity to meet other women within the same field as I am. I also enjoy the various networking opportunities as well as volunteering for outreach events.

Elementary Outreach Chair:
Jessica Sorick



Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Environmental Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Pitt Women's Volleyball Club (PWVC), Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Abroad Experience:Traveled to Italy
Interests: playing volleyball, shopping, watching Netflix documentaries, traveling, spending time with friends, volunteering
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite part of SWE is the variety of outreach events we put on for kids of all ages to teach them about 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.