Grad-SWE VP wins 2014 NCE Outstanding Graduate Student Award

It is with great pleasure and honor that we recognize and congratulate our very own NJIT gradSWE Yasmine Aly for receiving the 2014 Newark College of Engineering (NCE) Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Yasmine, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering, will be honored at the 16th Annual NCE Salute to Engineering Excellence on Thursday, March 27, 2014. We are proud of your great achievements Yasmine!!!!

NJIT-SWE Leader Excels in Research

Vice-President of NJIT’s Graduate SWE (NJIT-SWE), Yasmine Aly, exudes strong leadership skills and also excels as a researcher. Recently, Yasmine has won two awards for outstanding research presentations. She was awarded the highest honor of Overall Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award at the IXth Annual Graduate Student Research Day hosted by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at NJIT. She also won Best Student Presenter Award at the 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Powder Technology Forum’s Energetics Session in San Francisco, CA. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of metal-based powders that are used as additives in fuel systems. Yasmine accredits her strong presentation skills to “lots of presentation face time” in reference to the many conferences and opportunities that her advisor, Professor Edward L. Dreizin, has encouraged her to attend and to the various workshops and presentations she gives as an Eboard member of NJIT-SWE. She says that “attending many conferences and participating in various research symposia (both on and off campus) has boosted my confidence and abilities during public presentations”. She goes on to say that she feels that the work she does with NJIT-SWE has made her a better public speaker as well, even when she is not necessarily discussing her research.

‘SWE Goes Out’ to Chatham

On December 20, 2013 the Society of Women Engineers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT-SWE) hosted its first ever ‘SWE Goes Out’ outreach event. Members of the organization went out to the Chatham Public Library in Chatham NJ, where they discussed with 4th and 5th grade female students the interest and benefits of pursuing careers in STEM fields. The NJIT-SWE team introduced the students to basic concepts of electricity by engaging them to build flashlights using household items. The girls were very interested and enjoyed learning about the principles behind the everyday action of turning a switch on to illuminate a room. The turnout was excellent with 25 students in attendance. NJIT-SWE recognizes the importance of outreach and looks forward to organizing many more events of this type in the future.

NJIT-SWE Makes Strong Presence at National Conference

The NJIT Section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) participated in the SWE Annual Conference (WE13) from Oct. 24-26 in Baltimore, MD. The SWE executive board members and faculty advisor made a strong presence at the conference by organizing sessions, serving as session monitors and judges and participating as speakers in workshops and panels. Each of the NJIT-SWE attendees volunteered to help the conference organization and networked and promoted NJIT among other SWEesters across the nation. Masroor Khan, SWE undergraduate president, was invited to share her experiences as intern at one of the Exelon nuclear plants in Pennsylvania during the WE13 Career Fair. Smruti Ragunath, graduate SWE president, attended the SWE Future Leaders Collegiate Leadership Institute Summit as one of eighty nationally selected Future Leaders (SWEFL) for FY 14. Yasmine Aly, graduate SWE vice-president, was an invited speaker on a panel that discussed how to increase Graduate Student Involvement in SWE Sections. Ragunath and Aly also served as judges in the Graduate Research Rapid Fire session in which graduate students gave five-minute summaries of their research in relation to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges (NAE-GC). NJIT-SWE faculty advisor, Raquel Perez-Castillejos, served as speaker for two panels: Comparing and Contrasting Research Positions in Academia, Industry, and Government and Strategies for the Academic job Search. Perez-Castillejos also co-organized the workshop entitled Strategies for Obtaining your First Academic Position, which mirrored the workshop organized at NJIT in April 2013. NJIT-SWE would like to acknowledge Basil Baltzis, master teacher and interim dean of Newark College of Engineering, and URS Corporation for supporting the attendance of members to the WE13 National Conference.

From left to right: Amisha Desai, NJIT-SWE undergrad vice-president; Adaoha Uzoho, NJIT-SWE undergrad webmaster; Stacey M. DelVecchio, SWE president; Masroor Khan, NJIT-SWE undergrad president; and Yasmine Aly, NJIT-SWE graduate vice-president.

Mentoring Program Graduate Newsletter 1

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at NJIT is proud to announce the launch of our Mentoring Program in collaboration with the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) for the second consecutive year. This year we have more than 80 students (both female and male) from STEM-related majors and about 28 professional mentors from industry and academia participating in the program. With this program we intend to create a positive support group for students to pursue STEM majors and careers. The SWE-NCE Mentoring Program will create a network in which undergraduate and graduate students will interact with academic and industry professionals. All group members are encouraged to freely interact amongst themselves, and to gauge conversations, SWE releases a monthly newsletter with suggestions for discussion topics on STEM career development. NCE Dean Basil Baltzis was the guest speaker at the Mentoring Program Kick-off Event that took place on October 30, 2013 in NJITs Campus Center Atrium during which mentors and mentees first met and established plans for their mentoring relationships for the remainder of the academic year. SWE plans to follow up with Mixer events every other month with various activities geared towards professional and personal development. The first Mixer event was held on December 6, 2013 where four mentors from the Program shared their experiences in working full time and attending graduate school in a Career Paths & Graduate School themed panel. Mentor panelists were carefully selected to showcase four very different career paths after obtaining their baccalaureate degrees. Student mentees were very active in the open-discussion portion of the event. They asked many questions about each mentors choices and how content they are with their decisions. The next Mixer event will be held in January and will be officially announced soon.

Graduate and Undergraduate Eboard Members


Former GradSWE President, Dr. Priya Santhanam being recognized today at University Convocation on winning the 2013 Presidential Leadership Award (Graduate). NJIT SWE is very proud of her. A truly inspiring female leader and exemplary role model!