This Friday, January 20th, SWE-UCR held it’s Fifth Annual Evening with Industry. This event has grown larger and larger every time we have held it. It has grown so much that it is now the largest professional networking event at the University of California, Riverside. This year, it just happened to take place during a rainy Friday of Week Two. The companies scheduled to have representatives in attendance were NASA, Raytheon, Edwards, LADWP, Southern California Edison, the Peace Corps, NAVSEA, Geico, Desert Water, Vacco, Everlight Americas, the Navy, Ambryx Biotechnology, Northand our sponsor, E-Logs. Unfortunately, two of those companies could not make it due to the rainy weather conditions. However, the show went on beautifully!
The entire event was put together by SWE’s Professional Development Chair, Ally Thacker. It was obvious how many thoughtful and professional conversations were taking place. The room was filled with bright smiles, suits and ties, spiffy dresses and outstanding resumes. We started the agenda with a short presentation about SWE and all of it’s involvements. Then we served dinner, buffet-style, and let the groups talk for a while.
Our keynote speaker was 2011-2012 SWE-UCR President and current software engineer at Northrop Grumman, Monique Poluan. She presented a very powerful and inspiring speech about her story at UCR. She discussed her feelings of self-doubt while she was on her journey to becoming an engineer. She talked about reality setting in during her second quarter at the university when she took her first physics class and realized how tough everything could really be. However, now as a successful software engineer, she encouraged any insecure female students aspiring to become engineers to not let that self-doubt hold them back from reaching their full potential.
After dinner and desert, we began the career fair portion of the event. Students were able to talk one-on-one with the company representatives, ask questions, and learn more about what it would be like to work for them. Some of the companies passed out goodies and many collected resumes from the students. Beforehand, SWE had given all of the companies a flash drive with resumes of all attendees of the event.
Overall, this event exceeding all expectations and surpassed the standard of “getting better every year.” We hope that all of those who participated benefitted from the event in one way or another. Whether it be an opportunity for a new internship, new job, or simply exposure to all of these opportunities for engineers.
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)