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Engineering Vols Bring Home Top Awards from National SWE Conference

The TCE chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) earned awards and recognition at the 2021 SWE National Conference, held October 21–23 in Indianapolis. Twenty-three UT SWE members attended, with their trip sponsored by the college as part of TCE’s commitment to supporting and recruiting women in engineering.

Kilic to Represent UT Engineering in Multiple Programs

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Ozlem Kilic has been chosen for two new exciting professional opportunities. She will represent UT in an upcoming Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute and on the International Union of Radio Science US National Committee

New Vols Engage at 2021 WomEngineers Welcome Dinner

“It was really awesome being able to see what clubs and organizations are available to help me out and to learn more about all the different activities in the TCE,” said first-year computer science major Jules Prater, who shared a table with Bigelow, Associate Dean Kilic, and Dean Mench. “The dinner helped me to meet new people outside my discipline and first-year classes and gain a bigger picture of the college of engineering.”

Kilic and Coble Aspire to Share Mentoring Plans

The Tickle College of Engineering enjoyed a strong presence at the 2021 Aspire Summer Institute for STEM Faculty and Faculty Developers, held June 7–11 via online sessions. Associate Dean Ozlem Kilic and Associate Professor Jamie Coble presented on a planned mentoring program that would offer support for women in PhD studies who are interested in pursuing faculty positions and more.

Women of Purpose Share Their Engineering Vision

“As a graduate student, I believe the event was really informative,” said attendee Dawn Sepehr, vice president of Systers. “Even if you think you already know your purpose and you’ve been in this field for a while now, it’s always a good idea to just pause for a moment and re-evaluate your values and make sure that you’re still on the right track.”

Women Engineers Take the Lead with Student Organizations

Many Engineering Vol student organizations—around two-thirds of them—are headed by women who bring dynamic, fresh approaches to their leadership roles. They gain experience in collaboration, strengthen their Volunteer community, and, through outreach, instill younger women with confidence toward STEM careers.