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SWEet Dinner – Sponsored by Dartmouth student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and WISP
submitted by Alison Stace-Naughton '11, SWE
Thirty students attended the first SWEet Dinner held November 17th from 5:30-7pm at Thayer Engineering School. SWE and WISP joined forces to bring four professional women engineers from Timken Aerospace and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) to Hanover for an informal dinner and discussion about being a female engineer in today’s workforce. These four women, Leslie Keeling, Allison Morlock, Elizabeth Cook, and Rosa Affleck, all brought unique and interesting stories about their personal experiences. Not only did these women provide support for current Dartmouth students, but acted as great role models. Each of these four women came from a different background ranging from Leslie Keeling being a Product Design Engineer at Timken for 20 plus years, Allison Morlock as a Product Engineer at Timken Aerospace and a more recent engineering graduate, Elizabeth Cook who is a Manager of Engineering and Technology at Timken Aerospace, to Rosa Affleck a civil engineer with CRREL. While each engineer had a different perspective, a consistent message that women can be successful engineers came through. In fact, one of the 30 or so Dartmouth students in attendance, Julie Ann Haldeman ‘14, stated, “I enjoyed the event! It's nice to see the ‘big picture’ and hear what professional engineers actually do in the midst of taking math/science courses here at Dartmouth. I liked hearing about how the female engineers were able to juggle work and family life.” Another student, Karima Ma ’14 agreed by writing, “The best part was hearing about the personal experiences of the guests as women engineers in and outside their jobs, from traveling around the world to family life.” The first SWEet Dinner was a grand success that allowed Dartmouth students to hear and see real-life successful female engineers answer questions about their experiences and give advice to younger, future engineers.
Last Updated: 11/30/10