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ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Third Rensselaer Alumna To Lead SWE
n August, Melissa Tata ’97, former RAA board member and Austin chapter president, became the Society of Women Engineers’ Society president. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Perhaps not surprisingly, Tata is the third Rensselaer alumna to lead this respected organization. Lois Graham ’46, a member of Rensselaer’s Alumni Hall of Fame, was SWE’s fourth president, serving 1955-56. Graham, one of the first two women to earn a degree at Rensselaer, has made a lifetime of contributions to engineering education. Paula Loring Simon ’68 was SWE’s 16th president, serving 1978-79. Simon, a member of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, is currently vice president and chief technology officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx. She also served with distinction as the first woman president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association. Now, Tata joins their elite ranks as SWE’s 49th president. Her connection to SWE began when she was a student at Rensselaer and served as SWE section president. “I joined SWE because I wanted to expand my network of women engineering students, learn new skills from the speakers at SWE events, and develop my leadership skills,” says Tata. “I’ve stayed active in SWE on a professional level for these same reasons. “As a professional, I value the advocacy and outreach efforts to encourage more girls to enter engineering studies. The skills I have learned through SWE have multiplied the momentum of my career and I continuously share this success with my friends and colleagues. I know anyone who is an advocate for women in engineering would find significant benefits from becoming a SWE member. The members in SWE are my friends, mentors, protégés, and advocates.” Rensselaer salutes the achievements of these three outstanding alumnae!
The Rensselaer Alumni Network (RAN) organizes distinctive networking programs around the country. As the RAN program grows, speakers and panel discussions will be added.
Take the Call
Get involved in the Rensselaer alumni network
they will tell you the same thing: this is your he Rensselaer alumni network is everynetwork, and your participation and input is where. It finds expression in LinkedIn much needed. The goal is to make shaping groups, Facebook pages, regional chapthese events a collaborative effort, so that it ter activities, and in many other ways that may benefit a wide range of individuals with alumni have created to stay or to get connectvaried interests and motives. ed. Go to the Alumni Network page on the The mission of the RAN is to provide supRensselaer alumni website (alumni.rpi.edu), port, information, and guidance and you will find leads on confrom alumni to alumni. The supnecting with alumni in your geoport may be for professional or graphic area, professional field, personal development that will or academic interest. result in mutually beneficial relaAlso, at the top of the page, tionships. RAN events bring there is a new link. The Renssetogether those who are looking laer Alumni Network (RAN) is a for connections and those who group of dedicated individuals are offering their expertise in a who have agreed that the Rensway that affords maximum conselaer alumni network can be David Gertler ’83 led a RAN distact possibilities. made even stronger and reach cussion during this fall’s Reunion Networking events are more individuals. The directive and Homecoming weekend. planned throughout the year at that this group follows is what locations all across the country. As the proother universities with large and powerful netgram grows, network captains plan to add works have been doing: encourage everyone in expert speakers and panel discussions to prothe network not just to make the call, but “to vide even greater value to those who attend. take the call.” To get involved, watch for a RAN event in Since the fall of 2010, RAN has evolved your area, contact any member of the RAN from a call to action on LinkedIn to a robust Commission listed on the RAN webpage at program with 23 active network captains who alumni.rpi.edu/ran, or contact Elisabeth Cain organize distinctive RAN networking events in at the Office of Alumni Relations at 11 geographic regions, all of which are listed on email@example.com or (518) 276-4923. the RAN website. If you contact any of them,
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