A Young Professionals and Women in Engineering event on October 7 at the IEEE Systems Men and Cybernetics Conference is now combined into an IEEE networking and professional development event that is open to San Diego members and students.
My contribution will be a professional development talk on “Lessons Navigating Your Own Success For Engineers Who Fail At Being Average” — thanks to section and STEP sponsorship, it’s free, but advance registration is required. Register here.
I hosted a meeting on Radar Systems with Stephen Pendergast to an overly full house under the auspices of the San Diego Chapter of AESS that I chair. Stephen has 45-years of radar experience and is a life member of IEEE — I noticed he was teaching a continuing education course on this and arm-twisted him into presenting to our IEEE members. I used e-notice (a tool available to all IEEE volunteers across the world) to publicize and we filled up. I expanded the capacity. We filled up. I expanded the capacity. We filled up again. (repeat two more times).
So. once again– it was a “sell out” (it’s perhaps wrong to say sell out when it’s free to members and we only got $10 in revenue).
It was very satisfying to note how happy our audience was with the meeting. It did make me wonder, though, because in this group of 50, I was the only woman engineer in attendance.
Is it the topic? Is it the type of notice?
Thanks very much to Stephen for letting me distribute his slides and for agreeing to be a pilot test for a system we’re developing in San Diego to have videos of meetings.
The first Saturday in March brought over 300 girls ages 11-14 for a day of hands on science and engineering. Co-chairs Liz Ferguson and Dr. Sue Lowery led a very successful event. I am involved in the organization of this annually and provided support for the parallel program we hold for parents that helps them become aware of the opportunities for their daughters and how to best support them into college. While the event is held at the University of San Diego, it’s truly a county-wide activity supported by a broad cross-section of STEM. I was pleased to meet up with my SHPE friends to make (secret for now) plans.