Louisiana Tech’s Society of Women Engineers earns national award

Dec 7, 2013 | Engineering and Science






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Louisiana Tech University’s section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently earned a 2013 National Collegiate Outreach Series Event Award from the national organization, which was presented at the SWE’s 2013 National Conference in Baltimore, Md.

From left: Louisiana Tech SWE President Brittany Copponex, SWE Advisor and Associate Dean Dr. Jenna Carpenter, and Amy Dagate.

From left: Louisiana Tech SWE President Brittany Copponex, SWE Advisor and Associate Dean Dr. Jenna Carpenter, and Amy Dagate.

The national award recognizes Louisiana Tech SWE’s outstanding new and expanded outreach activities.  These activities included conducting help sessions for college students and resume workshops prior to campus Career Fairs, the Engineering and Science Day Design Competition for 900 high school students, Future Engineers Day for upper elementary students which had 50 attendees last year and the expansion of the Tech Campus Recycling Program.

Other activities such as speaking at Farmerville Elementary’s Science Day, participating in the Plain Dealing New Tech School Science Day, traveling to LeTourneau University for a kick-off meeting with their new SWE Section, sponsoring a Gender Bias Workshop for Tech students and participating in Tech’s Big Event all helped to earn Louisiana Tech’s SWE its fifth national award since 2010.

“Our SWE members, women and men, do an outstanding job of outreach, sponsoring a variety of engineering and science activities and mentoring programs both for students on our campus, as well as those in the larger community,” said Dr. Jenna Carpenter, Louisiana Tech’s SWE advisor and associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science.  “A national award like this highlights the impact and significance of their efforts.

“When you factor in the heavy workload that these students have with their classes, it is a testament to their passion for helping students of all ages realize the great opportunities in engineering and science.”

Over 6,000 women and men from around the world attended the SWE’s 2013 National Conference.  For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry.  The organization is centered around a passion for members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.

SWE’s mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.
Written by Catherine Fraser –