SWE Pittsburgh Newsletter - August 2022
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Bowling with SWE - August 27, 2022, 12pm
WE22: October 20-22nd

FY23 President Welcome


Welcome to the start of a new fiscal year! You’ll see a mix of new and returning faces on our executive committee this year, and I am confident we have a great year ahead of us. In next month’s newsletter, I’ll share more about the FY23 section goals that our executive team developed to guide us throughout the next year. 

A little about me - I currently live in Shadyside with my partner of almost five years, Pat, and my cat, Calpurnia. I am starting my 4th year of my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to being at CMU, I earned an M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. The majority of my time is spent conducting research relevant to the distribution grid in large electric power systems - so if you work in power or are curious about my research, I’d love to share more about what I do! Prior to taking on the President role, I spent two years as our section’s VP of Programming. 

If you’re looking to be more active in our SWE Pittsburgh community, please reach out and let’s set up a time to chat! I am always interested in meeting up with folks for a cup of coffee or tea (or a beverage of your choice!). You can email me directly at

Looking forward to getting to know you and to another great year!


Elizabeth Foster

Join Our Team!

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.
  • Webmaster. Keep our website up-to-date with information on our events and programs! 
  • STEM Outreach Committee (click for descriptions)
  • Programming Committee (click for descriptions)

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. 

Bowling with SWE!

Join us at Arsenal Bowl in Lawrenceville on Saturday August 27th at 12pm! If you haven’t been to a Pittsburgh SWE event yet, this will be a casual way to meet other members while having some fun. Tickets are $14.95 (including shoe rental) and can be purchased at the venue on the day of the event. Please note that Arsenal is cash only.

SWE Pittsburgh Membership News

Thank you Renewing Members!   During the previous month, the following SWE Pittsburgh members have paid and renewed their membership in SWE for FY23: 

Alyssa Tokorcheck, Anju Khazanchi, Anna Borenstein, Antonia Wilson, Ashmita Hoskote, Carinna Leigh Lapson, Christina Vogler, Christina Wildfire, Claire Elizabeth Bradshaw, Deborah Mort, Elaine Larkin, Elnora Balser, Emily Oleksyk Sweeny, Eric Ashuckian, Erica Erickson, Hayley Markoff Hinkle, Jacqueline J. Cochrane PE, Justin Lawrence Cook, Kaitlin Erdman, Karen Mlynarski, Karlie Tomich, Katie Lynn Gates, Kayla Nicole Polick, Kelly LaBrasca, Kimberly Forsten Williams, Laura Iannacci, Laura Traczynski, Lisa M. Morrison, Lisa Marie Carper, Loredana Bordeianu, Mary Teresa Hall, Meaghan Shea, Mikayla Rose Trost, Nancy Beth Zupick, Natalie Angeline Amos, Parul Chauhan, Paulina Jaramillo, Ravyn Brown, Rebecca Rugh, Rika Carlsen, Robin Hissam, Sarah A. Guza, Sydney Jessica Sandidge, Tama Bentley, Toni Lynn Fidanzato, Veronica Jaime Lara, Victoria Lynn Clarchick, and Yevgeniya Updyke.

So far, 42% of our members have renewed. Our goal is 80% renewals. If you have not yet renewed, PLEASE continue to support our mission and renew on the SWE website. The SWE early registration discount has ended. Those who renew (without the discount, will instead) be entered into the SWE Pittsburgh drawing for a chance to win $5.00.

Welcome New Members!  Please join us in welcoming the following Professional members to the SWE Pittsburgh Section: 

Julie Sell | Professional Member; B.S Chemistry and M.S. Secondary Education, University of Pittsburgh; employed as Supplier Quality Engineer 2, Medical Robotics, Smith & Nephew

Katie Oldaker | Professional Member; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute; remotely employed as SWE Staff - Membership and Data Management Coordinator

Samantha Sutherland | Professional Member; MS, Bioengineering Medical Product Design, University of Pittsburgh; employed as Senior Human Factors Engineer, R&D, Smith & Nephew

Sophia Rose Zitkus | Professional Member; BS, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University; employed as Engineer - Naval Nuclear Laboratory (FMP)

Tenisha Meadows, PhD | Professional Member; B.S. Chemistry, Florida Memorial University, PhD Radiochemistry, Washington State University; employed as Senior Scientist, Naval Nuclear Laboratory (FMP)

Dygretta Gates | Professional Member

Maryam Karimi | Professional Member;M.S. and B.S. Information Technology, Shiraz University of Technology, PhD Telecommunication and Networking, University of Pittsburgh; employed as Postdoctoral Research Scientist, FM Global

Sagar Bhaukaji | Professional Member; B.S. Biomedical Engineering, minor in Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington; employed as Quality Assurance Engineer, Smith & Nephew


We look forward to seeing you at our future events!

Are You Going to WE22?

October 20 – 22, 2022

George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston, TX


The theme this year is,

“A World of Opportunity Awaits”.


Please let us know if you are planning to attend, either in-person or virtually!  Send an email to  So far, we know that Lucero, Mary, and Chuck are attending.  Hope you can, too!

Need info on WE22?  Check out the WE22 website:\

STEM Outreach Recap


SWE Pittsburgh ran our first big STEM Outreach event of the fiscal year at the Shaler North Hills Library on the afternoons of August 1st and 2nd.  "Design-Build-Engineer Adventure!" was a hands-on event for 5th to 8th graders.  The "campers" made an electric dance pad, built a high-rise tower that withstood the wind from a fan, learned about plastic properties as a "plastics detective", protected a ping pong ball package from an 8-foot drop, and built a marble roller coaster. 

We had 24 "campers", and 10 of them were girls.  (We’re happy with that 40%, given the % of women engineers in the U.S. is only 13%.)

We got great post-event survey scores, receiving an Overall rating of 4.4.  80% of the “campers” said they would recommend an event like this to a friend.  

Thanks to the volunteers: SWE Pittsburgh members Mary Zeis, Chuck Bleil, and Deepika Devarajan, along with SWENexter Shriya (Deepika’s daughter).





Volunteers Needed for STEM Outreach


Here’s the latest opportunities to volunteer for in-person/on-site STEM Outreach!


Southwest PA STEM Fest – Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (pick a shift)

Location: Community Pavilion on Main Street, Washington PA 15301


SWE Pittsburgh has been invited to staff a booth at the 4th Annual Southwest PA STEM Fest.  This STEM Fest will be an outdoor gathering of interactive and informational booths for the entire family.

SWE Pittsburgh will host a hands-on activity table.  We need at least 4 volunteers for this event.  This is perfect for members who work since it is on a Saturday.  Pick a shift that fits your schedule.  Family and friends are welcome to volunteer with you. 

Please sign up to volunteer here:


Join our Slack Community

Want to connect with other Pittsburgh SWE members but not sure how? Our Pittsburgh SWE section has a members-only Slack workspace to keep conversing and connecting outside of events. This tool will be a resource for engaging with others over shared interests, sharing information with other members, and developing relationships with others in your field and at your career level, and more. 

To join our Slack workspace, please follow this link.



Congratulations to Kim Daloise – SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award


Congratulations to Kimberly Daloise who was selected to receive SWE’s 2022 SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award!

The Distinguished New Engineer Award honors a SWE member who has demonstrated outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in SWE, engineering organizations including but not limited to SWE’s partner organizations, and the community in the first ten (10) years of their career.

The application included a formal statement (<2500 words), a professional resume, a SWE resume, and four letters of support.

Kim also won a Patent Recognition Award.  This award honors SWE members who have been awarded a patent within the previous three years (December 31st, 2018, through December 31st, 2021).

Kim has a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Upon graduation, she began working at Bayer as an Associate Quality Engineer at the Indianola plant.  Over the last five years she has taken on assignments of increasing responsibility and is now a Project Quality Assurance Engineer at the Bayer O’Hara plant where she helps to bring in new products for manufacturing.  

Kim has been involved with SWE since her freshman year at Pitt.  During her senior year, she was Pitt SWE’s Treasurer.  After joining our Pittsburgh professional section, Kim served as Treasurer for two years, President for three years, and is currently section Treasurer.

Kim also won SWE’s WE Local 2021 New ELiTE (Emerging Leader in Technology & Engineering) Award in January 2021.


Please join me in congratulating Kim!




WE Local 2023 Awards Applications are Now Open!


SWE strives to advance and honor the contributions of women at all stages of their careers and recognize the successes of SWE members and individuals who enhance the engineering profession through contributions to the industry, education, and the community. 

WE Local Awards provide additional opportunities to recognize outstanding SWE members, SWE groups, and individuals.

Applications are now open: August 1- September 30, 11:59pm CT

Learn what Awards are available and their Requirements: FY23 WE Local Awards Packet


The nomination deadline for WE Local Awards is September 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

If you need help deciding what award might be the best one to apply for, reach out to  We have some experience with submitting nominations.


SWE’s statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision

(We find it important enough to reprint it here in our SWE Pittsburgh newsletter)

SWE issued a statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which essentially overturned Roe v. Wade. Our intent with this statement was to highlight two realities: No statement that SWE issues will change the outcome of this ruling and our members need to vote their minds on the issues important to them. SWE does not make statements on policy unless it directly supports our mission and/or we can take action on the matter.

Our intent with this statement was not strong enough given the gravity of the situation. To that end, to further demonstrate SWE’s past and recent actions, SWE is taking an additional direct action on the matter of reproductive rights and issuing a new statement:

As an organization committed to ensuring ALL women, girls, and those underrepresented in STEM can advance professionally in engineering and technology, we must navigate disagreements while supporting SWE’s mission.

There can be no professional advancement without adequate and equitable access to healthcare for all, including all forms of reproductive healthcare. SWE knows that removing access to healthcare (and privacy in healthcare decisions) will disproportionately affect women, especially women of color and individuals with limited finances, in achieving their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. We affirm that access to full reproductive healthcare including abortion is critical to the achievement of gender, racial, and economic equity, and that this is a personal decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade does not support SWE’s mission to advance women in engineering. As a diverse organization, we will have members who do not agree with our position and will respect their individual opinions; however, SWE will take direct action on this matter with the importance of women’s rights and equitable access to healthcare in mind.

Direct Action: SWE will not sign any new contracts to host its conferences in locations where there are limits to reproductive and gender-based healthcare. This will take effect for WE Locals in 2024 and for Annual Conferences in 2027, 2028, 2030, and beyond (all other locations were finalized before current and pending policies at the local and federal level concerning reproductive and gender-based healthcare existed).

SWE has a history of restricting where it would hold its events. One of these was while the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was being ratified in the early 1970s; at that time, SWE refused to hold its conventions in states that would not ratify the ERA. While this form of direct action is rare, we believe the moment in history requires it.

SWE will also continue to use its reach and status to advocate for policies that break down barriers for women in engineering and technology and be inclusive of this framework in our ongoing advocacy efforts.

SWE values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as essential to our mission. We believe in a world where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. With a 70-year legacy, we advocate for a fair and equitable engineering and technology workforce.

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

Job Seeker:

SWE Pittsburgh member, Carol Pan, is seeking employment in sustainable packaging or similar. She has an M.S. in Packaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and nearly 10 years of experience working in Packaging Engineering and nonprofit Sustainability. Please reach out to Carol on LinkedIn.

Thank you!

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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
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