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Changing of the Guard: Tips for Enabling Smooth Officer Transitions

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Student Division Technical Session 1

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Student

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12

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Monika Ingalls

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Elizabeth Hill University of Minnesota Duluth

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Dr. Hill is focused on active learning teaching methods and materials research. After receiving her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Hill spent several years working industrially.

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Helene Finger P.E. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Helene Finger has been a faculty member in the Civil/Environmental Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 1997, with a break from 2007-2010 to pursue her PhD in Mechanical Engineering focusing on computational science and engineering and thermo-fluid sciences. At Cal Poly, she teaches courses in Water Resources and Water Quality. In 2000, she took on the additional roles of Director of the Women’s Engineering Program and advising the Cal Poly section of the Society of Women Engineers.

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Marca J. Lam Rochester Institute of Technology (COE)

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Dr. Marca Lam is a senior lecturer at RIT. She received her B.S. (summa cum laude) and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Dr. Lam’s specialty is in vibrations and control. She teaches a variety of courses to both graduate and undergraduate students, such as a 3-D graphics course, materials science, system dynamics, and optimal design.

Dr. Lam is the faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and an executive board member for WE@RIT. She received the SWE Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year Award in 2015. She is active in the SWE Rochester Section, where she holds to position of president. Dr. Lam also serves as an advocate for the KGCOE Honors Program, and is the main lead for the second year curriculum. Dr. Lam is actively involved as associate organizer for RIT-hosted Mini-Baja competition.

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Gloria Guohua Ma Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Gloria Ma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Technology. She has been teaching robotics with Lego Mindstorm to ME freshmen for several years. She is actively involved in community services of offering robotics workshops to middle- and high-school girls. Her research interests are dynamics and system modeling, geometry modeling, project based engineering design, and robotics in manufacturing.

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Diane L. Peters Kettering University

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Dr. Peters is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University.

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Stephanie G. Wettstein Montana State University, Montana Engineering Education Research Center

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Stephanie Wettstein is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. She has been the faculty advisor of the MSU SWE chapter since 2013.

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Deborah S. Won California State University, Los Angeles

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Deborah Won is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. Her specialization is in Biomedical Engineering and her scientific research area focuses on neuro-rehabilitative technology. Her educational research interests include use of Tablet PCs and technology to better engage students in the classroom as well as pedagogical and advisement approaches to closing the achievement gap for historically under-represented minority groups.

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Claudia Mara Dias Wilson New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

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Dr. Claudia Mara Dias Wilson is an Associate Professor in civil engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Florida State University. Although she specialize in earthquake mitigation and the development of control algorithms for semi-active dampers to reduce seismic vibrations on buildings, her research interests are broad and include topics in structural engineering, earthquake engineering, construction management, transportation engineering, and engineering education. She also advises the Student Chapters of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at New Mexico Tech.

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Cheyenne Florenia Rivera

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Emily Silva California State University, Los Angeles

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Tara Sundsted Montana State University, Bozeman

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Abstract

Many campuses throughout the nation have active student-run sections of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In an effective section, the SWE officers work together as a team to plan, organize, and carry out a host of activities ranging from mentorship networks, career talks, middle school outreach events, and fundraisers. The team effort of these officers can make a substantial impact on the perception of and support for women in Engineering at a school and surrounding community if the officers are enabled from the beginning of the year to do so. These officer positions themselves, commonly consisting of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Event Coordinator, and Historian can provide meaningful and valuable leadership opportunities in a well-functioning chapter. However, many chapters struggle for much of the first semester organizing themselves and getting activities up and off the ground because the proverbial baton is dropped. Because the duties are generally the same for each officer from year to year and the procedures that each officer needs to follow tend to change incrementally from year to year, it makes sense to establish a system for training the new incoming officers before they officially take office to ensure a smooth transition. In this paper, the common challenges that SWE sections face during the “changing of the guard” are presented along with some tips on how to achieve such a smooth transition, backed by examples of systems that some of those very active and productive SWE chapters have established and follow to make office transition a smoother process and to enable them to hit the ground running at the start of the academic year. Case studies from the various institutions and section sizes are presented.

Ingalls, M., & Hill, E., & Finger, H., & Lam, M. J., & Ma, G. G., & Peters, D. L., & Wettstein, S. G., & Won, D. S., & Wilson, C. M. D., & Rivera, C. F., & Silva, E., & Sundsted, T. (2018, June), Changing of the Guard: Tips for Enabling Smooth Officer Transitions Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30184

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