Yesterday, October 14th, Women in Chemical Engineering and the Clean Energy Institute hosted a nanotechnology fair with various experiments to inspire young girls to pursue a career in STEM. Over 250 kids attended the event, a huge turnout! All the kids had so much fun, and the parents were pleased with the enthusiasm of the scientists manning the experiment stations. Huge shout out to our Outreach Coordinator, Gabby Tosado, for making this event such a fantastic success!
On May 26th, WChE and AIChe hosted an event to celebrate our seniors last few weeks in the department. Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us! The "Transfer of Knowledge" panel from our seniors gave us great advice for surviving our next years in Chem E. It is sad to see the seniors go, but we all know they are on to do great things! Check out the gallery below to see some of the pictures from the event
WChE hosted a women’s networking session during the prospective student visit weekend, where students who have been accepted into the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program had a chance to visit and explore UW. This particular event offered a time for prospective students to ask questions and discuss issues of women in science and engineering with female faculty and current graduate students. We were fortunate to have outstanding faculty members join us for this discussion, such as:
Feedback from visiting students:
“I was highly impressed by Seattle and everyone I met at U of Washington! The ChemE department would be a great place to grow and the women’s network is already really impressive.”
“I wanted to thank you and the rest of the UW ChemE department for an incredible weekend! The Women’s session had a lot of take home advice and was really great to hear from the faculty about their experiences!”
In celebration of IEEE Photonics Society‘s International “Introduce a Girl to Photonics” Week, the Clean Energy Institute (CEI), along with Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), hosted a photonics fair with various booth of photonics experiments for students. This event took place on October 1st, 1-4pm in HUB 340.
On July 20, 2016, WChE hosted its first-ever Mid-Summer BBQ! We had a classic cookout and gathered to eat, socialize, and participate in a fun team-building activity. Aside from having fun and drinking beer, our goal was to spread the word about our CheMentoring Circles (CMC). For more info on CMC, visit CheMentoring Circles.
We had an attendance of 51 people who checked in, and approximately 35 of them participated in the CMC activity. Everyone was split into groups of 4-5 people; the goal was to create a pyramid of 10 cups using a rubber band with 5 strings tied to it and without touching the cups with their hands. This was a fun little ice-breaker that led to more conversations and socializing!
Thank you to our members who volunteered, and to all the officers who came together to make this event happen! And special thanks to Elizabeth Nance and Jim Pfaendtner for bringing their pulled pork from home to share with everyone!
On May 27, 2016, we gathered to celebrate the Class of 2016 with good food, beer, cake, and a toast. We had 128 attendees; 41 of them were graduating seniors, and we also had juniors, sophomores, graduate students, and faculty attend. Thank you all for coming, especially to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with set up, pouring and serving champagne, bringing the food, ordering supplies, and cleaning afterwards!
Photo gallery from our Facebook page:
On Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 AM in Loew Hall we will be participating in the Mentoring the Transitionevent hosted by Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE). This event is for incoming pre-engineering women and their parents/guardians to learn more about engineering majors at UW, and a few of our officers will be presenting on what is Chemical Engineering. We look forward to sharing our awesome major with the incoming Class of 2020!
On April 22-23 (Friday and Saturday), in collaboration with the AIChE chapter at UW, we held a Power of Polymers exhibit outside Benson Hall. A lot of kids, parents, and educators came out to learn from the College of Engineering departments at UW, and we had a lot of fun explaining polymers to them! Our exhibits included sodium polyacrylate, sodium alginate and calcium chloride.
Thank you to all WChE and AIChE members who volunteered at this event!