“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Virginia Burden
SWE Spotlight

Angelina Tsuboi, the inventor of MeowMixer—a beginner soldering kit teaching soldering to girl scouts. Scouts enjoined the Interactive Electronics Workshop learning fundamentals of electronics and PCB soldering. AWS sponsored the electronic kit and SWE-OC engineers volunteered at the event.

Join your SWE Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles section leadership and colleagues at Informa Markets Engineering West, home to MD&M West, WestPack, ATX West, D&M West, and Plastec West on February 7 th at the Anaheim Convention Center. We will start the day at 1:30pm for a tour of the show floor – With over 1,700 exhibitors from 70 countries across the globe, this international B2B advanced manufacturing event serves as a meeting ground for companies spanning the medtech, automation, packaging, design & manufacturing, and plastics sectors. Then, join SWE for a special presentation Women in STEM: A Panel Discussion hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, starting at 3:15pm in the 3 rd floor Ballroom, followed by an exclusive SWE Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles section networking event.
This panel connects women in the industry of different specialties to discuss their career journey in the STEM field. These exceptional women share the influence of female innovators in the field, the challenges faced, and the career opportunities women can find in this area. All are welcome to attend!
Panelist Speakers Include:
Aileen Fahme, Manager, Shipping and Logistics, Solar Turbines | SWE San Diego, Outreach Chair
Courtney Fernandez, Senior Automation Engineer, United Robotics Group
Yue Ning, Senior Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services
SIreesha Muppala, PhD, Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services
Moderators Include:
Rosario Maltbia, Facility Engineer, Trading & Supply Operations, Shell | SWE Orange County, President
Natalie White, Principal Enterprise Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services | SWE
Orange County, Treasurer
 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Expo Floor Tour – Meet at the Welcome Desk in the main lobby
 3:15 – 4:00 pm – Panel presentation
 4:00 – 4:45 pm – SWE Networking Session
 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Beer Garden Party
Register today https://utm.io/uguRg and be a part of the community that is advancing manufacturing excellence for years to come!
Rocket Building Workshop Volunteer

To volunteer please reach out to our Outreach Chair, Mariel at cisnerom@gmail.com.

SWE-OC Calendar
Our SWE-OC website and calendar is up and running! To see all of our upcoming events, check out our EVENT calendar. https://swe-oc.swe.org/events/
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Community Outreach
* Troop 9287 GSOC Women in STEM Career Day*

When: Feb 10th, 9am -11am
Looking for volunteers to talk about different engineering careers (career fair booth style). For more information please reach out to our Outreach Chair, Mariel at cisnerom@gmail.com

Officer Elections
Interested in becoming a leader? Looking for volunteers to help us plan great events for the year!  We have several leadership opportunities.  Fill out our SWE OC leadership interest form.
FY24 SWE-OC Leadership Interest Form
Officer Elections    
FY25 Leadership Positions
The new SWE-OC year begins on July 1, 2024, and volunteer opportunities are open! We are looking for people to help organize and plan the exciting events for FY25. The SWE-OC leadership consists of the Executive Officers and Committee Chairs who meet once a month to discuss business and plan events. Volunteering for a position is fun, rewarding, and a great way to expand your leadership skills. 

Voting for our elections will be from March 23 – April 12, 2024.  The  FY24 Org Chart and Officer and Committee Chair Manual — details each position’s responsibilities. Also, check out “What It’s Like to Lead at SWE-OC!” This is a recording from our recent info session where SWE-OC officers explained the various officer and chair positions and why they keep coming back for more.  https://youtu.be/kIQZRbTHvSY

If you are interested in holding an officer or committee chair position, please fill out the interest form.  Officer Nominations are due March 7, 2024. Contact Sophia at nominating@swe-oc.org with any questions.  Thank you!

The schedule for our elections for Officer Roles for FY25 is as follows:
March 7 – Last day to express interest in an officer position. interest form
March 8 – Nominees are posted for members & the petitioning period opens.
March 22 – Last day to petition to be a nominee.*
March 23 – Voting begins. Final slate posted and email to the membership via the SWEekly email. 
April 12 – Voting ends. 
FY25 officers will be recognized at the end of year banquet. 

*The instructions to petition to be on the ballot AFTER the March 7th deadline:
1. The member is eligible for the position (i.e. must be voting member of the Society);
2. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;
3. A minimum of two percent or five of the voting members of the section, whichever is greater, have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot; and
4. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the chair of the nominating committee by March 22nd, 2024.  Please send all petitions to nominating@swe-oc.org.

Planning Meeting

The SWE OC monthly planning meeting is a time to plan upcoming events, discuss priorities, and connect as a group. Whether you’re an officer, committee chair, or brand new to SWE OC and want to get involved, join us! The meeting is on  the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Feb 6, book here or contact president@swe-oc.org to join.

Corporate fundraising has been difficult throughout the pandemic and into the recent inflationary economic cycle. SWE OC is selling stylish SWE-themed merchandise to try to fill the gap and continue the professional development and scholarship services we have provided to our members and the surrounding community in the past. Please support us today, and look amazing at the same time! Click on the photo to order.

Vital Link: Construction 101 Project
Vital Link & the McCarthy Building Companies are putting on a free event to attract, inspire, and encourage young women (ages 14-18) to consider the construction industry, and employment at McCarthy, as a potential career opportunity.
Students will be working alongside experienced industry leaders and trade contractors to learn hands-on construction activities while gaining firsthand experience and insight into various construction career paths, developing a safety-first mindset, and building self-confidence they can apply in all aspects of life.
The date for this event will be on Sat, April 20, 2024, at McCarthy Newport Beach headquarters office. Flyer & registration information will be made available at the end of January. Focal Contact: Dinh Thai, dinh@vitallink.org

End of Year Banquet Committee

End of Year Banquet Committee – Looking for volunteers.
Link to interest form: Target Date: April / May Time frame https://forms.gle/Zj6miViT8ussfVKdA

FY2024 Officers
President: Rosario Maltbia, president@swe-oc.org
Internal Vice President: Cynthia Hernandez, vpinternal@swe-oc.org
External Vice President: Brittany Galliers, vpexternal@swe-oc.org
Treasurer: Natalie White, treasurer@swe-oc.org
Secretary: Dr. Vinita Palaniveloo, secretary@swe-oc.org

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