E-Week Engineers Panel, Edible Car Contest, Mock Interviews
E-Week Engineers Panel, Edible Car Contest, Mock Interviews
WiE Newsletter - February 2020 - ISSUE 3
Dr. Rachelle Heller

Front and Center 

News from the Director

While February is the shortest month, you’d never know that from checking the Center's calendar of activities (and I urge to do so (https://womenengineers.seas.gwu.edu/events). While all are new and noteworthy, I want to highlight the Center’s support of GW's Engineering Week (or e-Week). We are sponsoring (or co-sponsoring) four events – an Alumni Panel discussing what it takes to be a female engineer (RSVP using this link), an Edible Car contest, Mock Interviews, and the STEM and Health Job fair. 
You may ask, why is WiE hosting a table at the Job Fair, since the Center is not actually offering any jobs? We are there to promote the Center as a resource. We know that accepting a position at a company or an institution requires deliberation on many aspects, e.g., the type of position, the salary, the location. Add to these, especially for women engineers, the climate of the institution. We will be offering a tipsheet on how to ‘investigate’ the climate of a company of interest. Once the Fair is over, the tip-sheet will be posted as a resource on the WiE website – so check it out!
Our next big initiative is to launch a mentoring program. The general outline has been drafted;  we will present it to our Boards of Directors, and plan to formally announce the mentoring program in late March. If you have experience in structuring a mentoring program and have ideas to share, please send them to us at scwie@gwu.edu.
Finally, while not an event we have created but one we wanted to share with you, especially those of you in the Greater Washington Area, check out Silent Sky at Ford’s theater. “A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women “computers” transformed the science of astronomy. In the Harvard Observatory, Leavitt found 2,400 new variable stars and made important discoveries about their fluctuating brightness, enabling fellow scientists to map the Milky Way and beyond. This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos.”  We have a discount code for the February 8 matinee, so if interested, contact us at scwie@gwu.edu.
I hope you will take the time to join us for as many events as you can. 
Shelly Heller
WiE Center Director

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WiE Happenings During Engineers' Week

Alumnae Panel: The World Beyond College:
What it's Really Like to be a Female Engineer

February 19, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | SEH, Lehman Auditorium
You’re avidly pursuing an engineering career and working hard to make good grades in college – but what is it really like to be a female engineer once you graduate? You’ll have a wonderful opportunity to learn all about it from our panel of experts, who will describe the challenges and opportunities in their careers, as well as a personal reflection on what it takes to succeed. Come and enjoy an engaging discussion with plenty of time allowed for your own questions and a networking reception following the one-hour panel discussion. Our star panel includes:
  • Kristy Ortiz, Director, U.S. Marketing - Utilities, CGI (Moderator); BS '00 (CEE); MS '01 (EMSE
  • Alissa "Dr Jay" Abdullah, PhD, Deputy Chief Security Officer; SVP, Emerging Corporate Security Solutions, Mastercard; MS '98 (Telecommunications and Computers
  • Ann Kim, Deputy CIO, U.S. Department of Education; BS '9
  • Mojolaoluwa (Demi) Ladipo-Obasa, PhD Candidate, B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, The George Washington University
PLEASE RSVP through Eventbrite at this link.
Contact scwie@gwu.edu if you have any questions!

WiE Happenings During Engineers' Week
Mock Interviews with Real Engineers - Sign Up Today!

February 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | SEH, 3rd and 4th Floor Research Areas
Planning your next job or internship interview? Gain confidence and experience in a mock interview with an experienced engineering professional. 
WiE is hosting technically-focused mock interviews for women in engineering the evening of February 25, during GW SEAS e-Week, and we invite you to sign up ASAP to secure a spot! 
Select your first, second and third choices from the following time slots using this form. It is important that you upload your resume in the form as well, so our interviewers have a chance to review your details prior to the interview. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 21.
Available Time Slots:
6:00 pm – 6:20 pm
6:25 pm – 6:45 pm
6:50 pm – 7:10 pm
7:25 pm – 7:45 pm
7:50 pm – 8:10 pm
8:15 pm – 8:35 pm
Sign up by clicking on the button below. See you there!

WiE Happenings During Engineers' Week
Edible Car Contest - Join in the Fun!

February 24, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm | SEH, Green Wall
Deadline to enter: February 19.
During GW Engineering Week, WiE, in collaboration with GW Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the GW Engineering Council, is hosting the first GW Edible Car Competition. 
Read all about it and sign up to participate at this link. Your team will have a chance to shine by creating a vehicle-like structure that is made up entirely of edible items (items intended for humans – so no dog biscuits or other such items) and can move down an incline plane.
On the evening of the Edible Car Competition, all teams will gather at the "Green Wall" of the SEH Building by no later than 5:45 pm. At 6:00 pm your team will be able to select as many edible items as they would like to construct a car. There will be a pre-filled table containing edible ingredients.. Your team will have 15 minutes to make a decision about your selected materials, and 45 minutes to design, create and test your car.
The GW Chef and Faculty from SEAS will be judges. They will be judging on the use of the edible items, the aesthetics of the car, whether the ‘car’ fulfils the definition of a vehicle, and the ability of the car to move down the plane.
A first, second and third place winning team will be announced and featured, along with photos of their vehicles, on the WiE website and in the SEAS video news feeds.
Submit your Team Name and Team Members using this form. Note that the Primary Contact and 2nd Team Member information are required and up to five team members are allowed. Contact scwie@gwu.edu if you have questions.  The deadline to enter is February 19, 2020. Good luck!
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WiE Happenings During Engineers' Week

Women in Engineering at SEAS Career Fair
February 28, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Marvin Center
Be sure to stop by the WiE Table at the SEAS Career Fair, and chat with us about your ideas! WiE helps students, alumnae, faculty and staff. WiE are here to support you with workshops, career assistance, mentoring and resources. Pick up a guide to diversity-focused employers.

WiE Workshops and Events

All are welcome!

Women in Engineering Career Toolkit Series: See below for excellent tools, resources and videos to add to your own career search toolkit The SEAS Center for Women in Engineering, in conjunction with GW Career Services, presented one-hour sessions geared particularly to women students. Visit the Center for Women in Engineering website for links to the Resources available.


Apply for a SWE Scholarship!

Upperclass Deadline to Apply: February 14, 2020
In 2019, the Society of Women Engineers awarded nearly 260 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $810,000. SWE Scholarships support those who identify as a female/woman and are pursuing an associate, bachelor or graduate degree in engineering, engineering technology and computer science both in the United States and internationally.
Students complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The application process is entirely online including submission of recommendation letters and transcripts.
If you will be a sophomore through Ph.D. candidate in the 2020-2021 academic year, apply online for a SWE ScholarshipDecember 1, 2019 through February 14, 2020. If you will be a freshman in the upcoming fall semester, you may apply March 1 through May 1, 2020. Learn more on our SWE Scholarships page. 

What We are Reading

...by WiE Director Shelly Heller
There are many articles and books that echo the Center’s program focusing on issues of unconscious bias and microaggressions. This Forbes article focuses on the more subtle forms of sexism – the curse word or the request that the only woman at the table be the note taker. The author, Dr. Sian L. Beilock, a cognitive scientist and 8th President of Barnard College, suggests that these subtle slights undercut the receiving individuals’ status and performance. Her article cites a research study by Lemarche et. al. in Biological Psychology, January 2020 that suggests this subtle form of sexism, or benevolent sexism “is a double-edged sword that uses praise to maintain gender inequality, which consequently makes women feel less efficacious." 

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