PittSWE Officers

President:
Eryn McCormick



Year: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minors: Economics
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Pitt to You Ambassador, Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), Student Alumni Association (SAA), Intramural Volleyball
Industry Experience: International Engineering Co-op at FedEx Ground
Abroad Experience: Clean Energy Grid Technology: Scandinavia in Denmark and Sweden; Pitt to You Program in China
Interests: Traveling, Pittsburgh Sports, Volleyball, Volunteering, Meeting new people
Favorite Part of SWE: I love surrounding myself with a strong network of female engineers. Also, I really enjoy exposing young students to engineering through our outreach initiatives!

Vice President:
Maya McCann



Year:Senior
Major: Civil Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Student Alumni Association (SAA), Pitt Womens Ultimate Frisbee
Industry Experience: Langan Engineering Site/Civil Co-op
Interests: Tap Dancing, Rock Climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, Trying new restaurants
Favorite Part of SWE: I enjoy SWE because it allows women engineers of all experiences to interact and connect. I also love making new friends with all the Pitt SWE members.

Secretary:
Erin Smith



Year:Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors:Chemistry
Activities:Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Phi Sigma Rho sorority, Engineering Ambassadors, Cornerstone Student Ministries, intramural soccer
Laboratory Experience: 3D-printing on demand water filtration devices in the Li Lab
Industry Experience: Facilities Engineering Co-op at Johnson & Johnson
Abroad Experience: Plus 3 Costa Rica
Interests: Painting, soccer, running, volunteering
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite part of SWE is the relationships I have built: friendships with other members, networks with professionals, mentors to younger girls! The community is great and the opportunities to meet other inspiring women in engineering are endless!

Treasurer:
Taylor Daniels



Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Economics, Chemistry
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Engineering Ambassador, VP of Internal Affairs for American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), First-Year Engineering Teaching Assistant, Community Assistant for Student Athletes in the Bridge on Forbes, Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), Student Alumni Association (SAA)
Laboratory Experience: Pitt/Lubrizol Process Intensification Lab, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland
Industry Experience: Process Engineering Co-op at Johnson & Johnson
Interests: Lacrosse, yoga, puppies, Netflix binging, cooking, spending time with friends, napping
Favorite Part of SWE: The amazing networking connections I have made and opportunities I have had. I love being a part of a great group of women who are passionate about engineering and show it through putting on the many awesome events that we have!

VP of Professional Development:
Dana Emswiler



Year: Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minors: Supply Chain Management
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) Honorary Society & Executive Board, Pink Panther Program
Industry Experience:UPS Global Customer Solutions Intern, Lutron Electronics Manufacturing Experience, Lehigh Valley Technical Associates Intern
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Italy
Interests: Running & working out, reading mysteries, volunteering, cheering on the Eagles, & shopping
Favorite Part of SWE: The friends I’ve made & the incredible support system that I’ve built with them while participating in fun social events & volunteering in outreach activities

Corporate Relations:
Sarah Oldenburg



Year: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Latin American Studies
Activities: SWE, AIChE, English Learning Institute,, Member of Theta Tau
Industry Experience: Process engineering co-op at Ingevity in Covington, VA
Abroad Experience: CLAS Seminar & Field Trip to Mexico
Interests: Hiking, traveling, cooking, hanging out with friends etc.
Favorite Part of SWE: I love SWE because I get to meet a lot of inspiring women in the field I am interested in and because it gives me the opportunity to show girls how fun and exciting engineering can be.

Corporate Relations:
Alyssa Bell



Year: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Computer Science and Bioengineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers, Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE)
Laboratory Experience: Computational and Experimental Modeling of Cytochrome B5 Reductase Dynamics in the Thibodeau Lab, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Industry Experience: Systems Engineering co-op with Bayer Radiology
Interests: Spending time with friends, hiking, the flute, the Penguins
Favorite Part of SWE: I love the community and support system that exists within SWE!

Meeting Coordinator:
Kari Eshleman



Year: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), ASME
Industry Experience: Currently co-oping with Extrude Hone
Abroad Experience: Plus 3 Italy, Engineering for Sustainability: Munich
Interests: Shopping, cooking, reading, traveling
Favorite Part of SWE: I love meeting new people who are also girls in engineering

VP of Outreach:
Kayla Ruslavage



Year: Junior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Spanish and Chemistry
Activities: Society of Women Engineers, Phi Sigma Rho, Spanish Club
Laboratory Experience: Worked in a bioengineering lab for a year focused on quantitatively and qualitatively describing muscle tissue and its dependence on aging or injury.
Industry Experience: Co-op in operations and process development at Lubrizol during summer 2019
Abroad Experience: Spent 2 weeks studying abroad in Costa Rica through Plus 3
Interests: Hiking, skiing, running, reading, traveling
Favorite Part of SWE: I love being able to network with other likeminded women while also encouraging younger girls to pursue their dreams through our outreach events. It is such a wonderful feeling to make a difference in this field while also building strong friendships.

VP of Outreach:
Jessica Sorick



Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minors: Sustainability Certificate
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Changing Health, Attitudes + Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG), Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), Student Alumni Association (SAA), Office of Sustainability Intern
Laboratory Experience: Honors Organic Chemistry Antibiotic Discovery Lab and First Experiences in Research Program in the Chemistry Department on the Synthesis of Guadnolide Analogs for Use in Pharmaceuticals
Industry Experience: Process Engineering Co-op at the J.M. Smucker Company, Engineering Intern at AECOM
Abroad Experience: Traveled to Italy in high school
Interests: Volleyball, watching netflix, eating ice cream, spending time with friends
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite part about SWE are definitely the outreach events, I love playing an active role in teaching children about STEM!

Mentorship Chair:
Rachel Blum



Year:Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Mathematics
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Hooligans Soccer, First Year Teaching Assistant
Industry Experience: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Costa Rica
Interests: Soccer, Traveling, Cooking
Favorite Part of SWE: Getting to meet so many amazing female engineers!

Publicity Chair:
Morgan Berger



Year: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), Concrete Canoe Team
Industry Experience: Intern at Jacobs Creek Watershed, Co-Op at Goettle Construction
Interests: Reading, Running, Shopping, Cats, Coffee
Favorite Part of SWE: I love many things about SWE, but my favorite thing is the outreach events. Specifically, I enjoy the elementary school and girl scout events. Nothing is better than seeing the look on all of the kids’ faces when they discover something new about engineering or when they design something simple that demonstrates the endless possibilities involved in engineering.

External Relations Chair:
Alexandra Lee



Year: Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Minors: Supply Chain Management Certificate; Italian
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Phi Sigma Rho, OAFA Social Media Ambassador, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), Order of Omega, Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC)
Industry Experience: Co-Op at Curtiss-Wright EMD
Abroad Experience: INNOVATE: China
Interests:Fashion, traveling, dogs, art, hiking, hanging out with friends
Favorite Part of SWE: I love the support system of other amazing engineering women SWE offers

Webmaster:
Elise Harrison



Year: Senior
Major: Computer Engineering
Minors: Bioengineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Phi Sigma Rho, Phi Eta Sigma, Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC)
Industry Experience: Computer Engineering Co-Op at BNY Mellon
Interests: Yoga, cooking, spending time with friends and family
Favorite Part of SWE: I love becoming friends with other women in engineering, to support each other through college and after we graduate. I also love outreach events and having the chance to show younger girls how fun engineering can be!

Social Chair:
Melina Hudson



Year: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Engineering
Activities:SWE, Pitt Marching Band
Industry Experience: Intern at GPI over the summer
Interests:Musical theater, poetry, Game of Thrones, History
Favorite Part of SWE: Getting to make new friends while also becoming more comfortable professionally.

Graphic Designer:
Emma Ahlgren



Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), CHAARG Exercise Group, Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth & Empowerment (FORGE)
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Korea
Interests: Going to concerts, reading, traveling
Favorite Part of SWE: I love being able to meet people from different years and experiences,

Fundraising Chair:
Amanda Groff



Year: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Nuclear Engineering and/or Bioengineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Pitt chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Pink Panther Mentor, Intramural volleyball, Intramural soccer
Industry Experience: Co-Op with Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. (BPMI)
Abroad Experience: Engineering Design for Social Change in South Africa
Interests: Soccer, swimming, hanging out with friends, movies
Favorite Part of SWE: I love the sense of comradery with all the girls in SWE and the outreach to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers

Girl Scout Outreach Chair:
Alexis Zito



Year: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Civil Engineering and Economics
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC), CHAARG, Pitterest Club, Engineering Ambassadors
Abroad Experience: Pitt Plus 3 Germany - studied automobile manufacturing & Clean Energy Grid Engineering: Scandinavia - focused on renewable energy sources
Interests: hiking, biking, traveling, ice skating, hockey, & going to concerts
Favorite Part of SWE: I love helping out with outreach events and attending social events

High School Outreach Chair:
Emily Zuris



Year: Junior
Major: Bioengineering
Minors: Industrial Engineering
Activities: Society of Women Engineers, Strong Women Strong Girls, Theta Tau
Laboratory Experience: I'm currently working on two research studies at the Human Movement and Balance Lab, one focused on people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and one on people with central vision loss.
Abroad Experience: Plus3 Vietnam 2018
Interests: Hiking, running, anything else outside, dogs, food
Favorite Part of SWE: I love being a part of the empowering community of SWE at Pitt and doing outreach with kids to get more girls interested in and learning about engineering!

Middle School Outreach Chair:
Anaya Espadas



Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Engineering
Minors:Sustainability Certificate
Activities: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Phi Sigma Rho, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Industry Experience: Co-op with Tetra Tech; I just completed my first rotation this summer!
Abroad Experience: Plus3 in Costa Rica, Engineering Design for Social Change: South Africa
Interests: Running, traveling, cooking, thrifting
Favorite Part of SWE: I love meeting girls in all disciplines of engineering and being inspired by their involvement and experience!

Elementary Outreach Chair:
Emily Richard



Year:Sophomore
Major:Chemical Engineering
Activities:SWE, National Residence Hall Honorary, Engineering Ambassador
Interests:Seaglassing, Traveling, and Shopping
Favorite Part of SWE:Getting work with creative women from all engineering majors offered at Pitt!

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Melissa Bilec



Status: Roberta A. Luxbacher Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Swanson School of Engineering), and Deputy Director of Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Degrees: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, 1997
Interests: Mom of two children; avid reader; working out at her favorite gym, Mecka, and yoga at Amazing Yoga; diversity and inclusion
Favorite Part of SWE: Working with talented and bright students.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Leanne Gilbertson



Status: Assistant Professor of Sustainable and Environmental Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Degrees: PhD, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2009 - 2014
MA, MPhil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2009 - 2012
BA, Chemistry, Hamilton College, 2003 - 2007
Interests: Running, growing vegetables in my garden, hiking, and cooking
Favorite Part of SWE: My favorite aspects of SWE is that it is an organization led by women, for women and that it provides the opportunity to empower its members.

SWE Counselor:
Erica Stevens



Status: University of Pittsburgh Materials Science and Engineering PhD program
Degree: BS in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Interests: 3D printing, materials characterization, health and fitness, photography and photo editing
Favorite part of SWE: My favorite part of SWE is the availability of opportunities. Whether you want help with school or your career, or if you just want some good friends, SWE has you covered.