Seminars and workshops

  • Conference Welcome Breakfast

    Opening remarks: Megan Winchell, Schlumberger

    Speaker: Michelle Tortolani SWE National President FY2008

    8:00—9:00 AM

  • Agricycle

    Sustainability Track

    9:00—10:00 AM

    Lilly Longshore and Tom Boyer City of Vancouver

    It is beneficial to work together with other organizations to pool knowledge, and accomplish common goals. The City of Vancouver, Washington has a unique, cost-savings program where Engineering Services has partnered with other public and private groups to reclaim a wetlands area. Engineering Service’s role is to fertilize and maintain 80 acres of waterfowl forage as a piece of this 327 acre wetlands restoration project.

    Lilly Longshore has an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received the 1996 National Scholarship from SWE. She has fourteen years of experience in wastewater treatment & engineering. She is a civil engineer for the City of Vancouver, and their current Lagoon manager.

    Tom Boyer has a BS in Civil Engineering from San Diego State. He has been with the City of Vancouver, Washington for over 27 years providing engineering and management for the sewer collections system, wastewater faculties and municipal water supply and distribution. Over this period with the City he has managed the Industrial Pretreatment Lagoon.

  • Effective Personal Communications

    Collegiate Leadership Coaching, Communications Track

    9:00—10:00 AM

    Lyndsey Croghan BS student, MSU

    This presentation is designed to give an overview of personal communication. It deals with email, face-to-face and phone communication. It is highly effective when the crowd participates and asks questions. It is geared toward the workplace and/or students striving for a job. Some of the highlights include a proper way to shake hands and how to leave a voice mail.

    Lyndsey Croghan is a sophomore in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University where she plans to concentrate in water resources. She is the SWE Region J Team Lead of the Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee and is treasurer of her collegiate SWE section.

  • Interviewing Skills Panel

    Career Track

    9:00—10:15 AM

    Moderator: Kristine Manary Intel Corporation

    Panelist: Blake Dye Oregon Department of Transportation

    Panelist: Megan Winchell Schlumberger

    Panelist: Brenda Yanity Microsoft

    Panelist: Jennie Caudle Nike

    Panelist: Sandra Camanario Hewlett Packard

    This interactive panel discussion will focus on interviewing skills pertinent to obtaining a technical position. Professionals from various business segments will address questions from the audience as well as giving their general perspective on interviewing essentials. Come prepared to ask your tough questions regarding proper interview etiquette, what to expect in your first interview, and questions to ask during an interview.

    Kristine Manary graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She began her career as an Intel process engineer and grew her experience into training, technical recruiting, intern program management, mentorship, and team facilitation. She is currently a Senior Training Specialist at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    Blake Dye is the Employment & Special Programs Consultant for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Blake manages organizations effectively by implementing best practices for diversity. He graduated with honors from Winston-Salem State University in Urban Affairs and earned a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Public Management and Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University.

    Megan Winchell is a graduate of Cornell University, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering. After finishing her degree, she began working for Schlumberger as a field engineer in Rock Springs, WY. She has held various roles in Schlumberger, including operations management, sales, training and technical client support. Megan is currently the personnel manager at one of Schlumberger's training centers.

    Brenda Yanity is a Test Lead at Microsoft for the Windows Live division. She’s been with Microsoft for 7 years and has shipped OS components, stand alone applications and web components. Prior to Microsoft, she worked on WinCE developer tools at BSquare Corporation. Brenda graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Computer Science.

    Jennie Caudle is currently a Sr. Technology Development Engineer with Nike, where she has worked for 11 years. Ms. Caudle leads project teams in the design, development, and commercialization of “Nike Air” - elastomeric cushioning components. She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

    Sandy Campanario is an R&D Section Manager at Hewlett-Packard. She started her career in 1984 as a Software Engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Ms. Campanario joined Hewlett-Packard in 1988, where she has held a variety of positions within R&D and Technical Marketing. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington with BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, and completed her Masters Degree in Computer Science at CSU-Chico.

  • Break

    10:00—10:25 AM

  • The Solar Highway

    Sustainability Track

    10:30—11:45 AM

    Allison Hamilton ODOT

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has embarked on an historic initiative to build the first Solar Highway in Oregon and the nation. Solar photovoltaic arrays have been generating electricity for almost 20 years on highway rights-of-way in European countries, but nowhere in the United States. Oregon’s transportation system consumes more than 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually—electricity that could be produced by just 120 miles of solar highway.

    Allison Hamilton joined ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships as Project Director in May 2005. She comes with a varied background in public transportation and private consulting, including working with the Government of Guam to develop an Island Water Master Plan. Allison holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an AS degree in Structural Engineering from OIT.

  • It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It

    Communications Track

    10:30—11:45 AM

    Debra L. Coleman The Boeing Company

    Coral Jean Cotterell SWE Columbia River Section President

    Adrianne Beach Student, Seattle University

    Chelsea Ryberg Student, Seattle University

    Communication is one of the most important skills to success in life. It goes way beyond the spoken word, encompassing attitude, body language, facial expressions, cultural and societal norms. All of these elements combined convey your message. This workshop will demonstrate through role playing and discussion all of these elements to effectively give voice to say what you want and get what you want.

    Debra L. Coleman has been an electrical engineer with The Boeing Company for 18 years. She is has held increasingly responsible engineering positions at Boeing on both the commercial and defense business units. Ms. Coleman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington.

    Coral Jean Cotterell has been a member of SWE since 1981 and is a senior member of the organization. Ms. Cotterell belongs to SWE because of the opportunities that SWE provides for engineering outreach to both K-12 and college students. She has a BSEE from Oregon State University and a BS in Biology from Portland State University.

    Adrianne Beach is a sophmore at Seattle University. She is studying for her BS in Mechanical Engineering and expects to graduate in June 2010. New to the Society of Women Engineers, as of this fall, Adrianne hopes to get more involved in the SWE Seattle University section as well as the community.

    Chelsea Ryberg is a junior at Seattle University, where she is working on her BS in Electrical Engineering, and expects to graduate in June 2009. Chelsea has been an active member of SWE for the past two years, and currently serves as president of SWE Seattle University section. Chelsea has worked as a technical aide for Cascade Engineering Services, Inc., a local consulting firm for the past three years.

  • Resume Writing Workshop (Session 1)

    Career Track

    10:15—11:45 AM

    Marcia Shaw

    Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with a current soft copy of their resume. Printers will be available for producing finished copies of updated resumes at the end of the workshop.

    Note: Session 1 and Session 2 of this workshop are identical. Please plan to attend only one of the two sessions.

    Are you prepared for the Career Fair? Attendees will understand how to take a me-too, two dimensional resume and create a document that will stand out in the hands of the hiring manager. Key advertising guidelines will be borrowed to convey your information quickly and effectively. Then the unique advantages that women have in the workplace and particularly in high-tech arenas will be added to make a winning resume.

    Marcia Shaw, has a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in organizational communication and spent 10 years as a u niversity faculty member. For the last two decades she has been president of INTENTIONAL MANAGEMENT, which specializes in communicating effectively, team building, coaching women managers and interpersonal skills for high tech firms.

  • Lunch

    Speaker: Mayor Royce E. Pollard City of Vancouver

    noon—1:00 PM

  • Sustainability Opportunities in Chemical Processing

    Sustainability Track

    1:15—2:15 PM

    Kate Horspool The Boeing Company

    In the past, chemical processes have been designed with little regard to sustainability. However, engineers are in a unique position to make a difference in global sustainability. Sustainable philosophies must be included in chemical processing “to meet current environmental and human health, economic, and societal needs without compromising the progress and success of future generations” (WCED, 1987; NRC, 2005). Chemical processing utilizes large amounts of water and energy while producing hazardous wastes. At Boeing Portland we have identified opportunities to incorporate sustainable practices into our chemical processing.

    Kate Horspool graduated with her Bachelors of Science in chemistry from George Mason University and obtained her PhD in chemistry from Northeastern University where her research focused on the application of carbon nanofibers and nanotubes in catalysis. After her PhD she accepted a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Connecticut. Kate then served as the inorganic and organic team lead at the Naval Air Systems Command at Pax River, MD. She is currently the Chemical Process Manager at Boeing Portland.

  • Effective Presentation of Data

    Communications Track

    1:15—2:15 PM

    Theresa Utlaut and Kevin Anderson Intel Corporation

    A staggering amount of information is created and collected each year. In 2007, we estimate that approximately 18 exabytes of unique information was generated. Given this unfathomable number, one key task is to extract relevant, actionable understanding and insight. This presentation provides guidelines and tips for effectively communicating scientific ideas through the use of graphs designed to convey the greatest amount of information in the shortest amount of time.

    Theresa Utlaut is a Statistician in Portland Technology Development where she is responsible for statistical education, consulting, and support in the development of the next generation microprocessor. She earned her PhD in Statistics from Oregon State University, and is a member of the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality. Theresa is an ASQ-certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

    Kevin Anderson is a Principal Engineer and Statistician for the F11X Yield Department where he is responsible for statistical education and complex data analysis. He has over 30 years of semiconductor experience. He studied for a BS in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa, and is a member of the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality. Kevin is an ASQ-certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • Resume Writing Workshop (Session 2)

    Career Track

    1:15—2:45 PM

    Nancy Matela

    Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with a current soft copy of their resume. Printers will be available for producing finished copies of updated resumes at the end of the workshop.

    Note: Session 1 and Session 2 of this workshop are identical. Please plan to attend only one of the two sessions.

    Are you prepared for the Career Fair? Attendees will understand how to take a me-too, two dimensional resume and create a document that will stand out in the hands of the hiring manager. Key advertising guidelines will be borrowed to convey your information quickly and effectively. Then the unique advantages that women have in the workplace and particularly in high-tech arenas will be added to make a winning resume.

    Marcia Shaw, has a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in organizational communication and spent 10 years as a university faculty member. For the last two decades she has been president of INTENTIONAL MANAGEMENT, which specializes in communicating effectively, team building, coaching women managers and interpersonal skills for high tech firms.

  • What Engineers Need to Know About Climate Change

    Sustainability Track

    2:20—3:20 PM

    Christina Waldron SAIC

    Greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change are an increasing concern. This presentation will describe the climate changes that have been predicted for the west, such as snow melt and salmon impacts. It will review policies under development, including the mandatory Federal GHG reporting program by U.S.EPA and the Western Climate Initiative cap-and-trade program. Impacts of pending legislation on energy supply, demand, and prices to end users will be discussed. She will conclude with steps that each of our organizations can take to reduce our carbon footprint and prepare for the changes ahead.

    Christina Davies Waldron is an engineer and policy analyst for SAIC. She has been named to the UNFCCC Roster of Experts on greenhouse gas emissions inventory preparation and was acknowledged for her contributions to the IPCC, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. She holds an MS in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from George Mason University.

  • Creative Problem Solving

    Communications Track

    2:20—3:20 PM

    Terri Morse The Boeing Company

    As engineers, we are faced with problems every day. This interactive workshop will focus on using creative problem solving to address some of the challenges we face in our SWE Sections. The module content was developed as a culmination of ideas and presentations submitted from all the SWE regions in the 2007 SWE Region Programming Excellence Award. You will learn real creative problem solving techniques (methods to initiate creative thinking/generate ideas) and how to apply them in arriving at solutions.

    Terri Morse is Director for Technical Excellence at The Boeing Company. This enterprise initiative is designed to raise the level of technical competency of the Boeing work force. She is a life member of SWE holding Section, Region, and National positions since 1986, and currently serves as Region J National Leadership Coach.

  • Speed Networking

    Career Track

    2:45—3:45 PM

    Julie Jensen Hewlett Packard

    What is networking and why is it vital to your career? The basics of networking and its importance will be discussed in this interactive session. Helpful tips to network more effectively and suggested discussion points to use while networking will be presented. Attendees will then participate in a fun round of “speed networking” allowing practice of the tips learned.

    Julie Jensen is a Director of Human Resources Manager at Hewlett-Packard. During her 23 years with HP, Julie has worked in Finance, Quality, Diversity and Human Resources Management. She has experience both as a manager of people and as a leadership coach for executives and leaders in the organization.

  • Break

    3:20—3:45 PM

  • Commercial Energy Efficiency Technologies

    Sustainability Track

    3:50—5:00 PM

    Mira Vowles Bonneville Power Administration, Anne Wagner SAIC

    Awareness of energy consumption and its link to climate change is the first step; this presentation will build on that awareness, providing information on technologies that can save money, energy and the environment. This presentation will give you some tools to help create an environmentally friendly work place and community, making it a healthier place to live and work. Learn about new commercial technologies and distributed generation options that can reduce your company’s carbon footprint today.

    Mira Vowles is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years of experience. She is currently BPA’s Commercial Technical Services Lead and New Construction Program Manager. Ms. Vowles is also on the organizing committee for the Fuel Cell Seminar and on the US Fuel Cell Council and the Public Fuel Cell Alliance boards.

    With over 25 years experience in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry in project management, service and sales, Anne Wagner currently promotes energy efficiency in commercial buildings as an Outreach Program Manager for the Energy Trust of Oregon’s New Buildings Program. She is currently employed by SAIC.

  • Influence Without Authority

    Communications Track

    3:50—5:00 PM

    Niki Steckler OGI School of Science and Engineering

    Influence without authority is a challenge facing all engineers and leaders. Come explore strategies for sustainable and responsible influence at work, especially in situations where you do not have formal authority. Get clear about what you are trying to influence and practice skills that will help you move others to action through building relationship.

    Niki Steckler is Associate Professor of Management at Oregon Health & Science University. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. Dr. Steckler's expertise centers around communication and collaboration across organizational boundaries. She has won awards for teaching excellence.

  • Don’t Get Caught Without a Strategy

    Career Track

    3:50—5:00 PM

    Debra Hentz Hewlett Packard (retired)

    Having a strategy is similar to using a roadmap to reach a desired destination: it increases your chances for arriving successfully and with fewer mistakes along the way. Women often underestimate the power of having a strategy and their ability to create one. This presentation offers a process that can be applied to strategy development for personal career planning to improved business management.

    Debra Hentz received her BSME from The University of Texas at Austin then moved to the Pacific Northwest to begin her engineering career with Hewlett Packard. She worked in Medical Products as well as HP’s Inkjet Printing Business. Debra has engineering and management experience in R&D, Manufacturing, and Operations.