SWE Pittsburgh Newsletter - October/November 2018
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  SWE Pittsburgh Newsletter

October/November 2018

In This Issue

Upcoming Events
Give Big
Networking/Crafting Event
FY19 Section Goals
Open Leadership Positions
Membership Update - Welcome New Members! 
Pittsburgh SWE Leadership Summit Recap
STEM Outreach Events Recap
Future City Judges and Volunteers Needed
WE18 Recap
SWE Website Job Postings
Member Spotlight 
Other Interesting Activities in Pittsburgh
SWE FY19 Leadership 
Pittsburgh SWE LinkedIn 

Upcoming Events & Dates:

November 27 - Give Big Pittsburgh – Support SWE Pittsburgh! Donate at this link:

December 8 - Networking and Crafting at The Wooden Loft

January 19 - Future City Competition - Volunteers Needed!

February 2 - Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science

February 8, 9 - WE Local Baltimore

February 21, 22, 23 - Engineers Week “Engineer the Future” at the Carnegie Science Center - Volunteers Needed!

March 1 - Certificate of Merit Program begins

March 29 - Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair - Volunteers Needed!

March 30 - Save the Date! SWE Pittsburgh’s 2nd Annual Professional Development Day

SWE Pittsburgh is one of the featured non-profits for Give Big Pittsburgh!

SWE continues to provide great leadership and mentoring opportunities for members throughout the years.

Now we want to make sure our section is fully supported not just with our awesome leadership and eager volunteers, but with financial backing too.

Our section has already done so much this year in developing our local collegiate sections, in planning our multitude of K-12 outreach events, and in bringing professional development to our members.

But we know we can do MORE. This is such a great fundraising opportunity that can help with our events and the health of our section. Even $20 can make a difference.

Give Big Pittsburgh is a 24-hour event that allows anyone to donate to the cause or organization of your choice.

Let YOUR donation to SWE Pittsburgh let US do more for Pittsburgh

Donate easily online ALL DAY on Tuesday, November 27th. 
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As we near the end of the year, we're inviting you to join us for a night of crafting, networking and celebrating at The Wooden Loft, a DIY sign crafting company in Bridgeville, 
on Saturday, December 8th from 12:30-3:00.

Don't wait to sign up - there are limited spots available and this event is open to the public, so it's first come first serve!

Click here to sign up:

Address of The Wooden Loft
3249 Washington Pike
Suite 1105
Bridgeville, PA 15017

This is a great event to come together to channel our inner design engineering skills in a fun way! We are able to make any OVERSIZED Sign. Check out 
project options on their website for your sign options.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing you on 12/8!

Katie Gates and Meaghan Shea
SWE Pittsburgh Programming Committee
FY19 Goals for the Pittsburgh SWE Section
As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, during the executive board and committee member transition meeting, goals of the section were discussed and decided upon. We have numerous goals that we carry on year to year such as holding a joint meeting with another professional society, running a Leadership Coaching session with a Leadership Coach, and continuing and improving our Certificate of Merit program.
In addition to these goals, we are encouraged to come up with approximately three additional goals or new practices that we as a section plan on implementing in the next fiscal year. We have chosen the below three goals:
  1. Apply for a Society Award
    • The Society of Women Engineers offers numerous awards. These awards recognize SWE groups that embody SWE core values (Integrity, Inclusive Environment, Mutual Support, Professional Excellence, and Trust) and demonstrate continuous improvement and growth as they work to develop women in engineering and technology and promote diversity and inclusion. Winning an award this year would be a great accomplishment of our section!
  1. Create a standard corporate sponsorship packet (including a list of events to sponsor) and to include this information on our website
    • Fundraising is a big part of our success as a section. The money we make through different fundraising strategies allows us to hold meaningful events for our members. Company donations make up a part of these funds. Therefore, we believe it is important to come up with a standard corporate sponsorship packet that we can send to companies that explain our mission, give them an opportunity to donate if they choose to, and provide an easy way of doing so. Sponsoring an event also gives a company the visibility they may be looking for!
  1. Hold a Leadership Summit with the 9 closest sections to the Greater Pittsburgh Area
    • Great news! This goal is already COMPLETE! The Pittsburgh SWE Section held a Leadership Summit on September 15, 2018 at Robert Morris University. Check out the article on the Summit in this newsletter for more information!
Open Leadership Positions: Job Bank Coordinator
& Newsletter Editor Assistant
Attention all Pittsburgh SWE members: we need your help! If you're looking to get more involved in the Pittsburgh SWE section, please consider one of the two positions below. Both are a great way to "get your feet wet" in a leadership role within the section! Please find a detailed description of the position requirements below and contact us with any questions:
Job Bank Coordinator:
You will be the main contact for all job postings.
1.  Companies send an email to the SWE Pittsburgh Gmail account with a request to post their job opening(s). This email will then be forwarded to you.
2.  You will reply to the company agreeing to post their job opening(s) and asking for a donation.  We have a standard email reply already written.
3.  You will make sure we have enough information on the job opening (i.e. job title, description, location, links to apply, etc.).
4.  You will send this information to our Web Master, asking that it be posted on our website.
5.  You will send a brief Word document to the Newsletter Editor, asking it to be published in the next newsletter.  This should be very brief, with just the name of the company, the job title, the location, and a link to where it is posted on our website.
6.  If it is mid-cycle to when the newsletter goes out, you will compose an email message to send to our members from the SWE Pittsburgh Gmail account and send it out. The latest distribution list will be provided.
7. You will send a "Thank You" letter if the company decides to make a donation. We have a standard template already written.


Newsletter Editor Assistant:

You will work alongside our current Newsletter Editor (Leabeth Peterson) to issue our monthly newsletter. This is a shared role and tasks can be delegated as the Newsletter Editor and Newsletter Editor Assistant see appropriate.

1. At each monthly Executive Board conference call, articles will be discussed that will need written for the next month's newsletter.

2. You will collect all newsletter articles via a folder on our Google Drive and contact fellow Executive Board members to remind them to submit their articles if needed.

3. You will help in creating each month's newsletter in the MailChimp program (a short in-face training can be provided).

4. A test newsletter will be sent each month to the Executive Board for feedback.

5. The newsletter will be sent to all members via a distribution list that will be provided.

Membership Update
Welcome, New Members!

We would like to welcome the following new SWE members to our Pittsburgh SWE section.
Name Membership Type
Cynthia Kung Professional, Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Dana Meager Professional, ArcelorMittal
Traci Self Professional, ArcelorMittal
Alyse Alexander Collegiate Joint with NSBE, University of Pittsburgh
Holly Schutte Professional, W.L. Winkle Engineering, Inc.
Jada Woods Collegiate
Benay Akyon Professional, Xylem Inc.
We would like to welcome the following existing SWE members who recently
transferred to our Pittsburgh SWE section.
Name Membership Type
Laura Aiken Professional Joint with NSBE, Bechtel (member since 2015)
Robin Hissam Professional, West Virginia University (member since 2010)
Eliza Porterfield Professional, Solar Turbines (member since 2011)
Paula Baker Professional (member since 2002)
We’re glad you’ve joined us and look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

Pittsburgh SWE Leadership Summit - A Great Success

The Pittsburgh professional SWE section organized and ran a Leadership Summit on September 15th for the eight collegiate SWE sections within a one hour’s drive of Pittsburgh.  The six-hour summit was held on the Robert Morris University campus as that location was the most equidistant for those driving in.  39 SWE leaders attended.


The theme and goals of the summit were “3-2-1” – Meet at least 3 people who can help you or your SWE section, take back at least 2 new things that you will do as a SWE section, and work together as 1 geographic area to advance Professional Development and STEM Outreach.


The presenters and discussion leaders were all members of the Pittsburgh section.  Topics included How SWE Works, led by Mary Ann Walsh, a former Region G Governor; What Every Section Leader Should Know About Budgets, led by SWE Fellow and former Region G Treasurer Marilyn Reeder; Bylaws – Why Do We Have Them and How to Update Them, led by SWE Fellow and FY18 Bylaws Committee Chair Helen Patricia, and Strategic and Tactical Planning, led by SWE Leadership Coach, Mary Zeis.


The keynote address was given by Pittsburgh SWE member Melissa Martinez, Vice President, New Product Development at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated.  Melissa addressed the Importance of Teamwork, using Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” as a framework.  Melissa gave suggestions on how to Build Trust, Master Conflict, Achieve Commitment, Embrace Accountability, and Focus on Delivering Results.


The summit was a great success, with an overall score of 4.6 out of 5.  100% of participants agreed that they met the three goals.  And 97% would recommend that other SWE leaders participate in future summits.  The networking and the teamwork address were the favorite parts of the day.  Suggestions for next time include more interactive sessions and more time for networking.  And there will be a next time!  The Pittsburgh professional section plans to make this an annual event.


The collegiate sections attending were Carnegie Mellon, Geneva College, Grove City College, Robert Morris University, University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Youngstown State, and Duquesne University.


STEM Outreach Events Recap

SWE Pittsburgh has had a busy fall STEM Outreach season, participating in 5 separate events.

On Friday, September 28th , three Pittsburgh SWE members volunteered to talk with students and teachers at the BotsIQ Teacher Professional Development Day. SWE was invited to attend by Michel Conklin, a K-12 Educator Member of SWE Pittsburgh, and the Executive Director of the Southwest PA BotsIQ organization.

SWE hosted an information table, where students could sign up for SWENext, a free program for girls 18 and under who are interested in STEM careers. (Learn more at Also, teachers could sign up to receive SWE’s free K-12 Educator newsletter at this link:

Thanks to Alexa Bohn, Mary Zeis, and Debby Stauver for volunteering!
On Saturday, September 29th, four Pittsburgh SWE members volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh’s Elementary Engineering Extravaganza, a STEM Outreach event for elementary school students and their parents.  Mary Zeis and Kylie Zeis ran the Parents Program. Reneicia Frazier and Becca Lasky were panelists during the Q&A discussion, answering parents’ questions.  Thanks to all!  (Picture, left to right: Reneicia, Becca, Mary, Kylie)

On Saturday, October 13th , two Pittsburgh SWE members volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh’s Middle School Engineering Day, a STEM Outreach event for middle school students and their parents. Thanks to Mary Zeis, who ran the Parents Program, and Ali Sacopulos, who was a panelist during the Q&As.

On Thursday, October 18th, SWE Pittsburgh hosted an activity table at Pittsburgh Sci Tech’s STEM Night.

Sci Tech is a grade 6 through 12 school. The students that attend the school are all interested in the STEM areas. However, they come from varied backgrounds and live in all parts of the City of Pittsburgh. Many of the students are disadvantaged financially and have limited to no access to individuals who are in the STEM businesses. This event provided them with the opportunities to partake in the experiments, activities, and information that were shared as well as begin the process of networking.

SWE hosted an activity table based on the SWENext challenge for October – to design and build a boat (using straws, plastic wrap, and tape) that would hold 25 pennies. The activity was well-
attended and the student’s designs were creative and did hold 25 pennies and more! We handed out flyers for the students to join SWENext.

Thanks to Mary Ann Walsh, and to the University of Pittsburgh SWE Section – Emily Zuris, bio engineering and Julia Jones, civil engineering – who also supported our SWE table.


On October 19, 2018), nearly 40 Middle and High School female students participated in the Keystone Oaks STEM Networking Breakfast with professional women working in STEM-related jobs for companies including the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Society of Women Engineers, and PNC.


Students had the opportunity to engage these career professionals in a discussion about their interests and steps they should be taking to pursue post-secondary students and careers in STEM fields.  It was a great opportunity for the students!


Thanks to Pittsburgh SWE member Mary Ann Walsh (far left in picture) for representing SWE.


Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer. The winter STEM season begins in January!
Future City Judges and Volunteers Needed – Register Today!

The first major event of the winter "STEM Outreach Season" is the Future City competition on Saturday, January 19th at the Carnegie Science Center (new location!).

The Pittsburgh SWE section sponsors an award at this event, and we also help to recruit volunteers/judges (both pre-event judges and Competition Day judges). Last year, 14 SWE Pittsburgh members volunteered for the event. I would love to match or exceed that record!

If you aren't available on January 19th, you can volunteer before the event from the comfort of your home. Future City needs
volunteers to judge the essays and the virtual city slideshow before competition day. Rubrics are available for this (and they are quite good).

If you can come on January 19th, there are a variety of volunteer roles to choose from, including Special Awards Judge, Room Manager, Score Keeper, and Presentation
Judge. Future City needs over 200 volunteers to make this event work, so please consider volunteering. And please pass this message along to all the STEM professionals in your life. There are roles for everyone, so you could make it a "family and friends" event!

To learn more about the various volunteer roles available, go to the Future City website

When you are ready to sign up for a volunteer role, you may register via the following

If you have any questions, you can reach out to me at

And please let me know if you sign up to volunteer. We always get pictures of the SWE
members who attend. Read about last year's event in our February 2018 newsletter

Thanks for considering this. Hope to see you there!
WE18 Recap

SWE held its annual conference, WE 18, in Minneapolis MN on October 18 - 20, 2018. The theme was Breaking Boundaries.
The conference included:
  • 14,100 participants - a new record for SWE!
  • 350+ exhibitors at the Career Fair, looking for both entry level and experienced engineers.
  • Over 300 professional development sessions, three keynote presentations, panel discussions, mega sessions, and lightning talks, spread across eleven different tracks, including Career Management and Life Transitions, Innovation and Disruption, Strategic Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Women in Academia, and Inclusion and Cultural Awareness.  
  • An Achievement Awards Banquet, and a “Celebrate SWE” party.

Nine members of the Pittsburgh professional SWE section attended.  See photos, below. Thanks to this amazing group, SWE Pittsburgh was well represented!


Watch videos of the WE18 Keynotes and Special Sessions on YouTube.


Note:  WE19 will be held November 7 – 9, 2019, in Anaheim CA.  If you will be looking for a new job then, or want to take time for professional development, consider attending.  It’s a great experience!

Also, WE Local Baltimore is February 8 – 9, 2019.  It’s the same great conference features on a smaller scale.  And it’s just 4 hours away!  Learn more here:

Pittsburgh SWE members at WE18: Cynthia Kung, Natalie Amos, Nancy Zupick, Debbie Stine, Dorothy Measures, Mary Zeis, and Andrea Sajewski (missing: Joanne Smith and Eliza Porterfield)

Pittsburgh SWE members Natalie Amos and Cynthia Kung, working the Smith & Nephew booth at the Career Fair

Mary Zeis presented a workshop on how to run a Parents & Educators program at STEM Outreach events.

Dr. Deborah Stine presented a workshop on Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Engineers.

Duquesne University student (Pittsburgh SWE member) Andrea Sajewski participated in the Undergraduate Poster Competition.
Check out Job Postings in the Newsletter and on the SWE Website

Looking for a job in Pittsburgh?  Employer looking to post a job?  Check out our current Job Postings page on our website.

Known Job Openings:
BWX Technologies, Inc. has job openings in:
 West Mifflin, PA, US
US Citizenship, with no dual citizenship is required for the following positions.

Engineer of Radiological Work

Engineer of Radiological Work (ERW) is responsible for:
Developing technical written instruction that implement radiological and environmental controls, waste management instructions and safety standards to execute various scopes of work performed on site.
Providing support of field work, assisting operations from approval of the technical work document through management of waste.
Conforming to stringent federal, state and local requirements.
Developing technical evaluations that introduce techniques/equipment that make current scopes of work more efficient. B.S. in Engineering

Lead Quality Assurance Specialist
This is an exempt position reporting to the ESH&Q/Training Manager.  This position will be responsible for leading the Self-Assessment Program, Lessons Learned Program, and Document Control.  This position will also be responsible for performing Quality Control (QC) for key business functions including procurements, invoicing, and the submission of legal records.
A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related technical field with a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience. 14 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree with customer approval.

Waste Engineer

Will report to the Waste Engineering Manager in support of the Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) of facilities at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.  As part of an assigned project team the Environmental/Waste Engineer is involved in project planning, development of technical work documents and waste evaluations, support during operational execution and finally to certify waste containers (radiological and environmental) in preparation for shipment to the appropriate disposal site.
Position requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Science (other college degrees will be considered if accompanied with at least 5 years of broad experience in Environmental and/or Waste Management and/or Radiological)
 Member Spotlight

Katrina Malaski just relocated from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area to Pittsburgh! She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering and minored
in Music Performance.

Katrina has been involved with SWE for many years. She has held several positions in the Penn State Collegiate Section, including President, and most recently served as the Lehigh Valley Professional Section’s Section Representative, Wilkes University Collegiate Counselor, and Social Media chair.

Katrina has worked for the Trane Company since 2015 where she is now a Service Account Manager. At Trane, she is responsible for improving the efficiency of customers’ buildings by providing HVAC energy
based solutions. Katrina’s passion is to help customers reduce their operating costs and understand the importance of collecting data from smart buildings.

Katrina is an active member of ASHRAE and BOMA and plans to get involved with a few other organizations Pittsburgh has to offer. She is currently taking classes through Penn State New Kensington to obtain her EIT and hopes to pass the class by Spring 2019!

Outside of work, Katrina enjoys many things! The short list includes traveling, hiking, baking, running,kayaking, reading, Penn State football, playing oboe, trying new restaurants and breweries around Pittsburgh (Send her your favorites!), spending time visiting her goddaughter Evelyn, Pens hockey, and spending time with her boyfriend and pup.


Other Interesting Engineering Activities in Pittsburgh

The Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) keeps an up-to-date events list for people interested in learning more about the Steel city and engineering throughout the area. Please visit their website at: 

AACE / ESWP Luncheon Meeting

November 29 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
$25 – $30.00
Topic:  Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) 11:30am-Registration and Networking 12noon-Buffet Lunch with presentation immediately following.  Join us for a luncheon meeting featuring Michael D. Sell'Sola, Crawford's Expert Services Group Owners today are increasingly committed to ensuring that facilities will provide the lowest overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while meeting capital budgets and addressing scope, goals and objectives. Life-cycle costing (LCC) is the method used to ascertain and demonstrate the life cycle cost performance.

ESWP Program Committee Lunch with Lance Chimka

December 3 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
$25 – $30.00

Lunch with Lance Chimka, Director of Allegheny County Economic Development 11:30 am - Registration and Networking 12 noon - Plated Lunch with presentation immediately following.  Lance Chimka became Director of Allegheny County Economic Development on September 10, 2018. As director, he leads the county agency responsible for business expansion, community development, planning, real estate development and affordable housing projects for the county. 

ESWP/WTS/ACTA presents Lunch with Jennie Granger

December 12 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
ESWP, 337 Fourth Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA United States
$30.00 – $35.00

Lunch with Jennie Granger, PennDOT, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation   Here is your opportunity to meet PennDOT’s new Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, Jennie Granger, along with Jon Delano as the moderator of this informative session.   11:30 am – Registration and Networking 12 noon – Lunch with presentation immediately following. 

ESWP Member’s Holiday Luncheon

December 17 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

The ESWP Holiday Luncheon is a tradition that members look forward to all year long. This is a great chance to bring clients, associates, support staff, friends and family to your ESWP. Enjoy great food, live entertainment and camaraderie… mingle with old friends and make new ones.   Once again we will be having a “Chinese Auction” prize table. In the spirit of giving…all donations from tickets sold at the auction will be given to our local food bank.

If you know of a good community to find interesting engineering events, please let us know! 
SWE Pittsburgh FY19 Leadership

President: Kim Daloise
Vice President-Programming and Social Media Chair: Katie Gates
Vice President-STEM Outreach and Data Officer: Mary Zeis
Secretary: Kanupriya Samarendra
Treasurer: Raluca Coulson
Membership Chair: Mary Ann Walsh
Webmaster: Reneicia Frazier
Newsletter Editor: Leabeth Peterson
Job Bank Coordinator: OPEN
Fundraising Chair: Alexa Bohn

Look for us on the SWE Pittsburgh website and contact any of us by sending an email to

Join the Pittsburgh SWE Section’s LinkedIn Group

Our Pittsburgh SWE Section now has a LinkedIn group.  Search for it in LinkedIn groups under “Pittsburgh SWE Section – Society of Women Engineers”.  Then, request to join the group.
This is a closed group that will only be open to our section’s members.
Why join?  You’ll have direct access to other Pittsburgh SWE members where you can:
- Ask for career advice
- Ask for work life balance advice
- Find a mentor
- Share your successes!
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