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Cal Poly's SWE is Best in the Nation
December 2, 2008

Cal Poly’s “Society of Women Engineers”: (SWE) won eight awards at this year’s SWE National Convention, including the Gold Award for Outstanding Large Collegiate Section.

Recent graduate Kate Van Dellen (AERO ’08) and electrical engineering graduate student Jessica Kiefer were named as the nation’s Outstanding Undergraduate Member and Outstanding Graduate Member, respectively.

More than 5,800 women engineers from around the world met recently in Baltimore, Maryland for the conference.

The Gold Award was a redeeming victory for Cal Poly SWE, whose five-year winning streak was disrupted when they took third last year. The award is granted to SWE chapters with outstanding leadership, outreach and membership.

Cal Poly won second place in the national Team Tech competition for the redesign of a surgical system for Stryker Endoscopy. The team’s system will be used in arthroscopic surgery, also known as joint surgery, reducing surgery time and increasing ease of use for surgeons. The project was evaluated on teamwork, use of the engineering process, final product, quality of results and ability to work side-by-side with industry.

Including the Gold Award, Team Tech and Outstanding Member awards, Cal Poly SWE won five team and three individual awards. The other awards are:
. Boeing Multicultural Program Award;
. Membership Upgrade / Transition Award;
. Third place Print Newsletter; and
. First place Collegiate Poster Competition, Emily Hakun.

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