SWE Pittsburgh Newsletter - July 2022
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WE22: October 20-22nd

FY22 President Farwell



Hi Everyone,

I wanted to thank you all for another great year for SWE Pittsburgh in FY22! We had a great executive council who led countless events and efforts for our section in terms of programming, outreach, membership, fundraising, and more. This was my first year serving as an officer and I had a wonderful experience! I am very thankful to the other officers and executive council members who I worked with and who helped me along in my new role. 

This year, I am stepping down from an officer position as I have a brand-new daughter and a lot of added personal responsibilities. My plan is to continue participating in SWE Pittsburgh events, and you may still see me throughout the year. 

I would like to thank each and every one of you who helped make this past year another great one. Thank you all for your volunteering and participation! It is all of our members that make our section strong. Finally, I want to congratulate Elizabeth Foster on being elected this upcoming year’s president and wish SWE Pittsburgh another successful, fantastic year!

Thank you,


Samantha Orlando

FY22 SWE Pittsburgh President


Pittsburgh SWE Point System Winners!


Pittsburgh SWE would like to thank the following members for their participation for the second half of FY22:

1st – Janet Henke

2nd – Edugie Niepa


If you would like to know how you could be selected as a winner next year, see the information below:

The Pittsburgh SWE Section uses a point system in order to reward our members for their participation in our events! Points will be granted based on the level of commitment required of an event, regardless of the type of event.

1 point per hour of attendance of each event
Additional 2 points if an event requires a presentation
Additional 4 points for an event in which you helped to plan

Officers will not be eligible to win. Prizes will be given to the top members each “semester” of the year. Therefore, prizes will be given out in January for participation from July through December and again in July for participation from January through June. 


Once again, congratulations to the winners and thank you!

FY22 by the Numbers!

It’s Time to Renew Your SWE Membership!

Thank you to the following SWE Pittsburgh members
who have already paid and renewed their membership in SWE for FY22:

Alandra Kahl, Beth Karos, Carol J Smith, Clara Elizabeth Seaman, Deborah D Stine, Deborah R. Stauver, Deepika Devarajan, Dianne McMaster, Jayashree Iyengar, Jennifer Konikowski, Joanne Alexis Smith, Julie Derence, Karen Jay Levin, PMP, Kimberly Daloise, Leslie Hopkinson, Lindsay Bonn, Matt Anticole, Melanie Letosky, Michel Conklin, Rhonda Johnston, Roxana Neophytou, Samantha Orlando, Samuel Rauhala, Stacy Birmingham, Stephanie G. Thompson, Theresa Cavrak

Note: if you have renewed, but are not yet listed – you will be recognized in subsequent newsletters.  If you have not yet renewed, please Renew Now !

Update Your Profile and Preferences!

All members should have received an email from SWE Headquarters informing you that SWE is requiring all members within the United States to re-confirm their mailing address and check the “OPT IN SWE Magazine” button. Thus, in order to receive print version of the SWE Magazine by mail, you must click here to opt-in.

Remember to keep your SWE profile up-to-date - please include your employment, education, and address; also remember to check to opt-in for SWE to send you emails, pick your choices to opt into SWE Affinity Group emails, and update your demographic information (email is the main method of SWE Pittsburgh communication to our members). Members’ information is how we keep in touch with you and it is not shared outside of SWE.


Are you interested in getting more involved with SWE Pittsburgh? We have a variety of open positions for FY23! We welcome members of all backgrounds (new members, returning members, experienced members; traditional and non-traditional technical folks; etc.) - all that is required is some enthusiasm, dedication, and some time 😊 

Here are some of the available positions for FY23:

Fundraising Chair.
You’ll work with the Treasurer to set fundraising goals for our section and then make a plan for meeting said funding needs. Some responsibilities could include planning fundraising events for the section and reaching out to companies about sponsoring our events or programs.

Keep our website up-to-date with information on our events and programs! 

STEM Outreach Committee roles:

Certificate of Merit Coordinator. Run the yearly Certificate of Merit program that recognizes local high school girls who excel in math and science and are interested in engineering or technology as a career. (January - May)

SWENext Programming Coordinator. Create programming for the SWENexters in Pittsburgh (at least one program every two months), both virtual and in-person. (Year round)

SWENext Mentor/Advisor Program Coordinator. Match high school students with mentors or one-time advisors from our section. Handle any requests we get for job shadowing or talking with an engineer, matching up a SWE member with a student. (Year round)

Programming Committee roles:

Professional Development Day Co-Chair.  Work with the VP of Programming to plan the annual half-day Professional Development Day. Responsibilities could include finding speakers and sponsors, developing sessions, and planning day-of logistics.

General Volunteer. Work with the VP of Programming to create exciting events and programs for our section. Volunteer on a more general basis, filling needs as they arise and as your availability permits. 


See something of interest to you? Don’t see anything of interest to you, but still want to volunteer? Reach out to and we can set up a time to discuss your interests and where they may align. If you’re passionate about a certain area or topic, we’re always happy to consider developing new initiatives. 

Are You Going to WE22?

October 20 – 22, 2022

George R. Brown Convention Center - Houston, TX


Register now and book your hotel room!  

The theme this year is, “A World of Opportunity Awaits”.

Key Features:

2-Day Career Fair: ~300 organizations on site

Three Keynotes: Nancy Post, Vice President for Embedded Software and Solutions for the Intelligent Solutions Group at John Deere; Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Vice President, Information Security, and Cyber and Chief Information Security Officer at Northrop Grumman; Michele L. Sullivan, HarperCollins Leadership and author of Looking Up.

Inspirational Insights general sessions which offer free CEU/PDH for attendees who view the entire session and complete the post-session survey.

 Over 250 professional development sessions


Can’t afford the registration cost?

Thanks to SWE’s generous donors, SWE will offer registration grants for the 7th year to enable more SWE members to attend WE22. 

Apply by August 31, 2022 for a WE22 registration grant!


Register for WE22:


WE22 Hotel Reservations:


WE22 Prices

Registration Type & Options

WE22 Price – Early Bird: 

On or before 9/30/2022

Receive 20% off your registration now through 8/31/2022 with the code WE22EARLY20

Professional SWE Member



Retired or Unemployed Members



Collegiate SWE Member




Discounts – Volunteer at WE22!

Fulfilling a volunteer role at WE22 and/or Invent It. Build It. (IIBI) is easy and fun and makes you eligible to earn a registration refund post-event.  To be eligible for the volunteer refund, you must check in for your shift at the WE22 Volunteer Room.  


Note: Only one volunteer refund or promo code is allowed per attendee. Refunds cannot be combined with a registration promo code.  So, choose which option is right for you.


A 25% post-WE22 refund for volunteers with a single shift of 3 hours or less.

A 50% post-WE22 refund for volunteers with a shift(s) between 3-6 hours.

A 75% post-WE22 refund for lead volunteer positions or a general volunteer shift(s) over 6 hours.



Additional Appreciation for SWE Pittsburgh’s Certificate of Merit Program

This year 48 schools participated in our SWE Pittsburgh Certificate of Merit Program.  130 high school girls, who excel in math and science and are interested in engineering or technology as a career, were honored.

We continue to receive thanks for our program.


“I’m writing to thank you for selecting me for the generous Society of Women Engineers award.  I’ve been interested in a wide variety of STEM -related topics for as long as I can remember and have always prided myself on breaking gender stereotypes and entering a male-dominated field.  When I took AP Computer Science this year at my high school, I quickly grew to love its creative and data-driven nature.  At the collegiate level, I hope to be a big part of Colby College’s Davis Institute for AI.  It’s headed by a woman, too – Amanda Stent, who is an expert in NLP!  I hope to become a role model for other girls in computer science somedays.  With gratitude…”

- Abigail, Senior Grove City Area High School, going to Colby College for Computer Science


“Thank you for your time and generosity in presenting for the Society of Women Engineers at our Senior Awards ceremony.  I’m very grateful for your kindness and participation as well as support of our kids at Grove City.  Thank you.  Warm regards.”

- Dr. Brendan Smith, Principal, Grove City Area High School


“I just wanted to say thank you for the Certificate of Merit award. It's a great honor and I can't wait to learn more about SWE, engineering, and colleges. In the welcome letter, it also mentioned being able to talk to an engineer, and if it's possible, I would love to talk with someone about which engineering path I could take. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.”

- Eilidh, Sophomore, Barack Obama Academy of International Studies


“I just wanted to again thank you for being so organized and accommodating regarding the SWE Award.  The video you made for our awards ceremony was a hit and our students seemed very proud to be recognized. I encouraged Valerie (our senior) to connect with members of the Rochester chapter next year and suggested she keep connected to the organization as a whole via social media so she's aware of other opportunities to both grow and to give back.  The robotics teacher this year also commended Makenna (our junior), recognizing her efforts, achievement and creativity in that program, so I'm optimistic that she will strongly consider pursuing a STEM-related career.  I intend to create a bulletin board of science-related organizations and volunteer/internship/job opportunities next year and plan to highlight the great work you do to inspire and encourage the next generation of smart & capable girls!  With much appreciation for your efforts.”

- Julie Ann Mountain, High School Science & Math teacher, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf


“I wanted to follow up with photos of our three North Allegheny students receiving their certificates of merit.

    Claire with principal Natasha Dirda at North Allegheny Senior High School

    Amanda with principal Natasha Dirda at North Allegheny Senior High School

    Helen with principal Caitlin Ewing at North Allegheny Intermediate High School

Thank you for recognizing these young women for their achievement!”

- Janellen Lombardi, Gifted Facilitator, North Allegheny High School


Great news!  SWE Pittsburgh Won Another Award!



The SWE Pittsburgh section won 2nd place in the FY22 SWENext Recruitment Challenge! 


26 students used our "PGHPRO” unique event code when signing up for the SWENext Program between February 1, 2022, and May 31, 2022.  We now have 468 SWENexters aligned with our SWE Pittsburgh section, the most of any other section in SWE!

As a SWENext Recruitment Challenge winner, our section will be awarded $300 to assist in running future outreach events and will be recognized in the SWENext blog, social media, and monthly newsletter.


16 of the 26 sign-ups occurred during E-week activities at the Carnegie Science Center.  Special thanks to Mary Ann Walsh who did a great job getting girls to fill out the Join Form at our table.


SWENext is a free program where girls can become a part of the SWE community before college.  SWE provides resources, content, and programming for “SWENexters”, such as scholarship tips, advice on how to prepare for college success, leadership training, awards, mentors, newsletters, contests, and advice columns.  Check out the SWENext website at


Questions about the SWENext program?  Please reach out to  She is on the society-level SWENext Programs Committee that is responsible for the SWENext program.  (And so is SWE Pittsburgh member Laura Traczynski!)


Just because the Recruitment Challenge is over doesn’t mean you can’t have girls join SWENext!  Here are the links to join SWENext:

13 years or older - students sign up here. 

Under age 13 - parents sign up the student here. 


Thanks for all you do in encouraging the (SWE) Next Generation of women engineers!

Check out Job Postings in the Newsletter and on the SWE Website
Multiple Positions

Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.:  
Multiple Positions
Are you an Employer looking to post a job?  Contact
SWE Pittsburgh Membership Updates


Please welcome the following new members to our Pittsburgh SWE

April Buzzelli | Collegiate Member; Robert Morris University

Antoinette Faucher | C2C Member; BS, Environmental Engineering, Loyola University Chicago

Christina Wood | Professional Member

Suzanne Elizabeth Sepic | Professional Member; BS, Geo-Environmental Engineering, Penn State University; employed as Senior Project Manager, K2 Engineering, Inc.

Emily Ross | Professional Member; BS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; employed as Project Manager - R&D, Siemens

Erin Motto | Professional Member; MS, Engineering Management, Penn State University; BS, Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Penn State University; employed as Root Cause Analysis Engineer, Siemens

Nathan Ivey | Professional Member; MS Industrial Engineering Penn State University; BS Industrial Engineering Penn State University; Senior Simulation Consultant at Rockwell Automation

Carolyn Casavan | Professional Member; BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Executive Management, Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Sustainability and Environmental Consultant, Casavan Consulting

SWE Pittsburgh presently has 233 members. We’re very glad you’ve joined us and look forward to seeing you at our future events!


Please remember to keep your SWE profile up-to-date - please include your employment, education, and address; also remember to check to opt-in for SWE to send you emails (email is the main method of SWE Pittsburgh communication to our members). Members’ information is how we keep in touch with you and it is not shared outside of SWE

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SWE Pittsburgh FY23 Leadership
Elizabeth Foster - President
Laura Traczynski - Vice President – Programming
Mary Zeis - Vice President – Outreach & STEM Outreach Co-Chair
Michal Chlebowski - Secretary
Kimberly Daloise - Treasurer
Mary Ann Walsh - Membership Co-Chair
Carolyn Casavan - Membership Co-Chair
Open - Fundraising Chair
Veronica Jaime-Lara - Social Media Chair
Deepika Devarajan - STEM Outreach Co-Chair
Dorothy Measures - Job Bank Coordinator
Erica Stevens - Webmaster
Cassandra Solarczyk - Newsletter Editor
Lucero Lopez - Collegiate Section Liaison
Chuck Bleil - Data Officer
Jayashree Iyengar - Chennai Partnership/Global Relations Chair
Open - Certificate of Merit Program Coordinator 
Mikayla Ferchaw - YouTube Manager
Michal Chlebowski - Carnegie Science Center (CSC) Event Coordinator
Stephanie Garcia - STEM Outreach for Schools Coordinator
Dianne McMaster - Nominating Committee Chair
Look for us on the SWE Pittsburgh website and contact any of us by sending an email to
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