Society of Women Engineers: Stilettos to Steel Toes
Members of the Penn chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) raised over $5000 through participation in the recent nationwide SWE "Stilettos to Steel Toes" essay contest sponsored by Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company.
The contest was open to all sophomore, junior or senior engineering majors who are members of a participating SWE section. Since engineering is a field in which women are underrepresented, participants were asked to answer the question,"What kind of footprints do you want to make?" and to outline their goals for a non-traditional career. Submissions outlined members' vision of "not just another day in the office."
The Penn SWE section was awarded $100 per submission for a total of $5300. Judges from Schlumberger awarded prizes for each participating SWE chapter, and Penn SWE winners include Melissa Wang, a chemical and biomolecular engineering major who won first prize and an award of $1000; second place winner Shubhangi Agrawal, who majors in bioengineering and will receive $500 for her entry; and electrical engineering major Shilpa Sarode, who will receive $250 for the third place essay.