SWEFL Update: Ashley Malinowski

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Hello, everyone! So much has happened since my last blog (https://regiond.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/meet-a-swefl-ashley-malinowski/). UMiami SWE hosted its second FSWE Welcome Dinner which was a great success. With everyone’s help, we were able to inform the girls about all different kinds of engineering, what college life as an engineering student is like, and what SWE is actually all about. (The food was pretty delicious, too.) The number of high school girls involved in FSWE has increased threefold since last year! The FSWE Welcome Dinner was definitely a success. In March this semester, we’ll also organize an FSWE Shadowing Day so that high school FSWE members from the area can shadow engineering majors on campus.


Additionally, a couple of months ago I had the pleasure of attending our National Conference in Baltimore. It was fantastic. I learned so much, and I got to wear a scarf the entire time! (In Miami, winter attire is a novelty.) It was my first national conference, and I highly recommend the experience to anyone able to go. I’m already excited for next year’s conference in California.


The Countdown Begins…

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We are exactly 30 days from the National Conference! Y’all better make sure you register on time (and save yourselves $25)! I can’t wait to see you there (it’ll be my first conference, National or Regional… so I’m stoked).

On other news, this week, I’ll be putting up a couple more pictures (admittedly, I’m plugging the UPR Section). I’d like to see what your sections are doing (and I’m sure the whole Region would love to see what you’re up to, as well).

And, as they say in Puerto Rico, lo prometido es deuda (what you promise, you owe): I’ve started off this week with a post from Ashley Malinowski – one of Region D’s SWEFLs (SWE Future Leaders).

Enjoy! And y’all have a SWEet week!

Meet a SWEFL: Ashley Malinowski

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Hi, my name is Ashley Malinowski and I am one of the three Region D SWEFLs for 2008.  I’ve been involved with SWE since I first began college at the University of Miami two years ago, helping out with various activities.

Ashley Malinoski, Region D SWEFL, FY09
Ashley Malinoski, Region D SWEFL, FY09

My involvement within SWE was boosted to a new level once I joined UM’s Conference Committee to help plan the 2008 Region D Conference that our section hosted earlier in the year here in beautiful Miami.  Since the Conference, I’ve dived into a fledgling outreach initiative we’ve deemed “Future SWE” in which our UM section helps high school girls develop and participate in SWE sections at their high schools before even entering college.  Our section plans to expand to at least two new high schools in the Miami area by the end of this academic year.  Hopefully, through high school SWE sections, more young women will be open to pursuing careers within the Science, Math, and Engineering fields.  We’re hoping that, in establishing high school SWE sections, more girls will feel comfortable choosing college and career paths in Engineering and related subjects.  Thus far, the Future SWE program has been welcomed by the community, and it has the potential to grow beyond just Miami.  (PS, if anyone in Region D is interested in implementing Future SWE in their area, definitely contact me at a.malinowski@umiami.edu.)

In addition to my involvement with SWE, I’m also active in other student organizations on campus.  I’m an Engineering Student Ambassador for UM, a Peer Counselor, an active member of UM’s rock climbing club, recording secretary for Tau Beta Pi, and secretary for both Architectural Engineering Institute and Chi Epsilon.  Academically, I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering and a Master’s in Architecture simultaneously in a 6-year dual-degree program and I am so exited to begin Architecture studio this fall!

After I attended the Collegiate Leadership Forum this summer, I have to say that I was truly inspired.  It was so wonderful to see so many girls who were intelligent, motivated, and confident in themselves.  Everyone had something to contribute, and everything I learned through the Forum I took back with me to Miami as a better person and SWE member.  Before attending CLF I was on the fence about attending the SWE National Conference in Baltimore, but now I know it’s not an event worth missing.  I hope to see you all there!