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Female engineers meet in Fort Collins for conference

November 21, 2013

Female engineers from around the region attended the Society of Women Engineers Rocky Mountain Section's Mini-Conference in Fort Collins in September.

Past presidents of the Colorado State University Section of the Society of Women Engineers (left to right):  Olivia Trinko, current; Olivia Ferrell 2012-2013; Megan Caswell 2011-2012; and Caylee Johnson 2009-2010

The conference focused on increasing personal power and included topics such as self-empowerment, appropriate assertiveness, and powerful communications.

The event included a networking lunch followed by keynote speaker, Dr. Sue James, head of CSU’s mechanical engineering department, who discussed her experiences as a female engineer and working in academia.

Megan Caswell, a CSU graduate and civil engineer for URS Corporation in Denver, said the society has influenced her career development.

“As a student, the society helped me develop professionally by providing networking and community service opportunities,” Caswell said. “Now that I am an engineer at URS, I continue to stay involved in the society through its Rocky Mountain Section. I have developed a professional support group and have met other professional women engineers within URS that I may not have had the chance to work with.”