SWE Governance Update

The Society of Women Engineers is changing it’s Governance Structure.  Visit http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swe-governance-update for more information.

Bellydance for Fun

Thank you to everyone who attended this weekend’s Bellydance for Fun event, coordinated with the local UNCC SWE collegiate section.

UNCC students learning some dance moves

UNCC students learning some dance moves.

We all know that sitting all day in front of a computer screen or behind a desk can leave us with aches and eye strain. Our Bellydance for Fun event focused on getting up from our desks and moving in creative ways.

The UNCC students learned some new tips for stretching the hands, neck and feet that can be done while still sitting at a desk, and more rigorous stretches for when they are at home. The dance moves were simple and entertaining, and everyone had a great time laughing and learning together.

We all need to learn to take some time for ourselves, to focus on our health and happiness. Whether through dance or some other activity, take the time to schedule an hour, half an hour, or just fifteen minutes to stretch, walk, dance or run. You won’t regret it.

SWE-Charlottte Metrolina Wins Region D Outreach MOU Partnership Award

The Charlotte Metrolina Section of SWE won the Region D Outreach MOU Partnership Award during the awards banquet on Friday April 1 at the Region Conference.  The award recognizes one Professional and one Collegiate Section that has an outstanding program targeted for the outreach organizations that SWE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with: FIRST, Girls Incorporated, and Girl Scouts of the USA. The Outreach MOU Partnership Award is not limited to a one-time only activity.

The award application was submitted based on the Engineers are Epic! event with the Hornets Nest Girl Scout Council.  The events are held in the fall and spring (Engineers Week) to provide hands on experiences for Girl Scouts in the different engineering fields.

Angela Berry has organized these events over the past 13 years.  She recruits volunteers for each event and provides support to each session leader so they can learn the activity and teach the Girl Scouts about the area of engineering.   All the volunteers for this have brought about this award win for the Section!  Thanks to all those involved.

Region D Conference Hosted by University of Miami

Attend the Conference!
Attendees will be treated to an opening reception, section development training, SWE Boutique, workshops, Keynote presentations, a career fair, Region D meetings, and more! Additionally, professionals may earn CEU credits by registering for the professional development workshop that takes place on Friday morning.

Conference Dates: March 31- April 2, 2016


E-mail: regiondconference@gmail.com


Volunteer with Citizen Schools Engineering Apprenticeship

Citizen Schools logo

This February through April, 2016, SWE-CM in partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and American Society of Civil Engineers will host an “Engineers Are Epic!” apprenticeship in connection with Citizen Schools. Sixth and Seventh graders at Martin Luther King Middle School, Charlotte, NC will have an opportunity to experience hands on problem solving over the nine week apprenticeship with activities such as
building a catapult, creating slime and building an electrical circuit. These are STEM activities (Agilent Kits). Following the apprenticeship the students present a WOW? event to the community where they teach back what they have learned. Become a Citizen Teacher!

Volunteers are needed! To sign up, contact Angela Berry, angela.berry@swe.org


Date Activity
2/11/2016 General Introduction to Engineering/Puff Mobile
2/18/2016 Catapult
2/25/2016 Burglar Alarm
3/3/2016 Concrete
3/10/2016 Kalimba Thumb Piano
3/17/2016 Bridge
3/24/2016 Slime
4/7/2016 Chocolate Asphalt
4/14/2016 WOW! Event Preparation
4/21/2016 WOW! Event Preparation
4/28/2016 WOW! Event

Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet

Date: June 20, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Heirloom Restaurant, 8470 Bellhaven Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
Cost: $15.00 (includes gratuity) per person
Contact: Cheryl Kinchen, cheryl.kinchen@swe.org
RSVP/Pre-pay by Wednesday, June 17, 2015

– Creative farm-to-table cuisine with a global spin.
– The Distinguished Engineering Service Award to recognize an individual who best exemplifies the engineering profession through leadership and community service contributions to the community.
– The Service to SWE award, established to allow our Section President to recognize a deserving member who goes above and beyond their call of duty as a member or officer.
– Outgoing FY15 officers to be recognized
– Outstanding Committee Chairs to be recognized
– Installation of new Officers for FY16

Community Ambassadorship Award to SWE member Angela Berry

Angela Berry, a SWE-Charlotte Metrolina member, was recognized recently at the City of Charlotte Manager’s Awards event. More than 1,000 employees who inspire and leave a lasting impact in the community were nominated for the City Manager’s Awards across six categories. Angela was awarded the Community Ambassadorship Award.

Angela regularly volunteers her time with young people interested in science and engineering. For the past 12 years, Angela has volunteered with the Hornet’s Nest Girl Scout Council to lead an enginering badge for fourth and fifth grade scouts. She creates hands-on activities related to civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. Congratulations Angela, awesome achievement and well deserved!

Article link: http://crownmagazine.uberflip.com/i/512670-crownmay2015

SWE Region D Conference in Tennessee

The  South East Region D Society of Women’s Conference was held in Tennessee March 26th-28th. The event was hosted by the Tennessee Tech University. The theme was, “A Sea of Opportunities.”  Four of our SWE-CM members were able to attend: Cheryl Kinchen, Divya Radhakrishnan, Chris Cathcart and Angela Berry. Highlights included the opening reception, section development training, workshops, a career fair, SWE boutique, a dinner with guest speaker Jonna Gerkins, presenting, “The State of SWE,” and guest speaker Andrea Clewley presenting, “The State of Region D”.  The awards banquet was the grand finale that included a fantastic Key Note Speaker, Trudy Harper. Cheryl Kinchen, our SWE-CM Section President, was recognized for 10 years SWE membership during the awards banquet.

Chris Cathcart, our SWE-CM Alternate Section Representative, presented, “Interviewing, How to Make a Good Impression”, and a Leadership Module, “Increase Membership.”

Cheryl Kinchen provided systems engineering leadership support to collegiate and professional engineers with her presentation, “You don’t have to be a spy to advance your career, but it helps.” Key points included: ways to gather the information you need while protecting your identity, applying Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for successful results, and how to find the right company and convincing them you are the right candidate.

Save the date! Our next Region D Conference will be held in Miami, Florida 17-20 March 2016.

From Judging Robotic teams to Mentoring Future Engineers

Our SWE-CM Section President, Cheryl Kinchen, served as a technical Judge for three days during the North Carolina Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina March 19-21st. Cheryl says, “Being invited to be one of the Judges this year was an honor. It was fun getting to talk to teams and inspect robots. This was my first time Judging a robotics competition and it was an amazing experience that I look forward to doing again.” There were fifty-five teams from NC, MD, PA, SC, and VA, nine of which were rookies. As a Judge at the event, Cheryl was also able to meet teams that included young women and talk with them. She made it a goal to link these young ladies with professional women role models and was able to introduce several teams to Society of Women professionals as mentors. An example of the impact came from one of the high school students, “My name is Maggie I am the Vice President for the Elemental Dragons, team 3680. I would just like to thank you for coming to our pit and speaking with us. Since I am the only girl, what you said has inspired me to recruit more females for the team and encourage them to pursue a career in engineering. Our last President was a female and she was the one that taught me everything I know today. I hope you will come and visit our workshop sometime! It would be beneficial for everyone on the team to meet a professional in engineering.” This is another example of how our SWE volunteers go Above and Beyond. “ FIRST stands for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, for more go to  www.usfirst.org.

Engineers Are Epic!

February 21, 2015 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Girl Scout Badge Event

For more than 12 years, Charlotte-Metrolina Section, Society of Women Engineers has conducted the “Engineers Are Epic!” event for Girl Scouts with the Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Council in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Volunteers conduct five hands on sessions covering chemical, mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering. It is great fun for the girls to get involved learning, designing, experimenting, building and testing projects. It was even more fun to share our enthusiasm for engineering and inspire the girls to pursue a career that can change the world.

  • For Chemical engineering, “Slime” was a wonderful hands on fun time with each girl taking home what she had created.
  • For mechanical engineering, individual “Puff Mobiles” were created with lots of excitement competing to see which wind powered design could travel the farthest. I am always amazed to see the same materials used for designs that I had not thought of before.
  • For Structural engineering, teams worked on “Suspension Bridges” and then stress tested them to determine best design, and identify improvements.
  • For Civil engineering, “Chocolate Asphalt” taught about composition of roads, and then after building their own roads, the girls were allowed to eat them. This was the most aromatic and best tasting session!
  • For Electrical engineering, each girl built her own “Burglar Alarm”, learning about stripping wires, connectors, conductors and circuits. This was one of the most difficult and most rewarding sessions.

The success of this event hinges on our high volunteer to Girl Scout ratio.  Women and men, engineers and non-engineer volunteer participation is the reason for the success of this longstanding program.