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UT Students Enjoy Opportunity to Take Part in National Women in Engineering Conference

The Tickle College of Engineering’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers had the amazing opportunity of attending the annual Women in Engineering Conference in Houston, Texas, last October, an experience that left a strong, positive impression on several UT students.

At the conference, attendees had the chance to speak with several top companies and network with other women in engineering from all over the country. By networking with other women in engineering, the attendants felt confident about their futures in the industry.

Many students received interviews and some even got offered full-time positions.

Remi Lehmen received interviews with both Boeing and Honeywell. She ended up receiving an offer from Honeywell’s space department for a summer internship in Glendale, Arizona, which she says she has accepted.

“Overall, the SWE conference was an amazing experience and provided me with a lot of incredible opportunities that I am excited to explore,” said Lehmen, who is now an honors student in her junior year pursuing a major in aerospace engineering and a minor in mechanical engineering.

Kasthuri Pillapalayam, a junior studying Industrial Engineering, received interviews from Boston Scientific and Boeing.

“It will be difficult for me to choose between them (Boston Scientific) and PepsiCo, and potentially even Boeing,” Pillapalayam said. “Being able to attend the SWE conference alongside my peers has been instrumental in my renewed interest in engineering.”

The Women in Engineering Conference is the largest conference for women in engineering and technology. UT students enjoyed being able to take part in educational sessions about careers in engineering, as well as learning more about the history of women in engineering.

Also, by sharing experiences with other women engineers in various stages of their careers from all over the country, attendees learned more about being successful in a male-dominated field.