Engineering Conference Generates Big Ideas

Engineering Conference Generates Big Ideas

Last semester, a group of five engineering students traveled from Fairfield to Austin, Tex. with Marcia Arambulo Rodriguez, assistant dean of the School of Engineering, for the annual WE17 conference of the Society of Women Engineers.

With more than 10,000 attendees, WE17 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology fields. This year’s three-day event featured hands-on workshops that encouraged participants to think in new ways. Christina Ficaro ’18 enjoyed a unique session that combined engineering with meditation.

Liliana Delmonico ’20 recalled a presentation in which four successful women engineers shared their personal experiences of internships and job hunting, and opportunities such as Fulbright.

Both Ficaro and Delmonico found the career fair— with over 300 exhibitors from diverse engineering fields— to be the most rewarding part of the conference. Ficaro said that “connecting with female engineers from amazing companies” helped solidify her career path, and revealed that “I now know that I would like to pursue a career in aerospace engineering.”