Young Women’s Engineering Symposium
The Young Women’s Engineering Symposium was a great way to meet and hear the stories of different female professional engineers. The women were all very inspiring to listen to, and I loved hearing the advice they gave us. My favorite workshop (if I had to choose) would be the robotics engineering workshop. The women showed off the robot they created named Relay, who is a used as a delivery service for guests at multiple hotels. Relay is able to maneuver around a hotel and deliver items to hotel guests. Overall, the symposium was a hit and I can’t wait to meet more female engineers next year!
Class of 2017
YWES gave me my first opportunity to get a feel of the engineering possibilities, and I am so glad I decided to go. I came to the event not knowing anything about the workshops I decided to attend, but I left with new knowledge of the three careers I had heard about. The first one, Biomedical Engineering, exposed me to how engineering and biology are combined into one super cool job that allows engineers to be superheroes by inventing multitudes of medical devices that work to keep people alive and healthy. I was also introduced to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and their program SWENext for young girls looking into a future in engineering. In my second workshop, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, I heard about some gender bias that occurs out in the field and also had the oppurtunity to look at some interesting projects that the speaker, Kat, has worked on, including US Navy submarines and NASA rockets. In my third workshop, I got to meet the cute hospitality robot Relay and it’s creators from the new company, Savioke, who explained their prototyping process, what they had to do to make it more human-friendly, and the algorithms needed to make Relay a successful robot in the hotel hospitality business. The event as a whole increased my interest in engineering, and I know that every time I consider what I want to pursue in college and as a career, I will look back on this event and remember everything that I heard and learned.
Class of 2018