Washington State Science & Engineering Fair Seeks Volunteer Judges

March 8, 2017

We want you! (to be a judge at the WSSF)

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair in Bremerton Mar 31-Apr 1, and we expect a record turnout. We need about 150 judges to execute the event properly. So far the number of judges signed up is about half of that. If we don’t have enough judges, students may spend all day at their project and only get interviewed once or twice. This is discouraging for students who have spent months on their effort and hope to receive praise and encouragement from interaction with adults and professionals. A shortage of judges also makes it very challenging to judge 600 students, select the awards fairly, and keep to the schedule. Many students have expressed that the interaction with adults and scientific professionals during judging is the best part of the event.

Please consider volunteering as a judge for one or both days, grades 1-6 on Friday, 7-12 on Saturday. Judging in the younger grades focuses on encouragement. For the older grades, a scientific or engineering background is helpful. Our slogan is “You be the judge!”

A former UW President once noted that Washington is “at the bottom in the production of scientists and engineers,” and warned that our graduates “will be washing the cars for the people who come here for the best jobs.” This is one way to make a difference, encouraging a passion for science in the next generation.

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May 11, 2016 (Wed.) from 6 pm to 8 pm Shoreline Community College – Engineering Mentor Night

May 5, 2016

2016 Shoreline Community College – Engineering Mentor Night

Volunteer request for engineers:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

This Engineering Mentor Night, co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and Shoreline Community College (SCC) will give students an opportunity to meet representatives from the wide spectrum of practice in the profession of engineering.

Students can:

  • Meet professional engineers
  • Explore opportunities in engineering
  • Get advice from professionals
  • Learn more about employment in engineering

There are no expectations to have an ongoing or follow-up mentoring relationship with any student unless both parties desire it. Mentors are asked to bring samples of their work, such as reports, drawings, and models that will fit on a 30” X 30” table top for discussion with the students. It is also an opportunity to share information about your professional societies, and your company as applicable. It is not a career fair, but rather an open forum to inspire local students towards a career in engineering, to answer questions, and to share your experience at a table top setting. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Location:

Shoreline Community College
Student Union building, Main Dining Rm.
16101 Greenwood Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

Additional information is available on the PSEC Mentor Nights web page.

 

For questions please contact Steve Snelling, the PSEC Mentor Night Coordinator for this event at stephen.r.snelling@gmail.com

 

The event starts at 6:00 pm, so please arrive early to check-in and locate your table.

 

Link to Shoreline Campus map: http://www.shoreline.edu/map/campus-map.aspx
Link to Driving directions:  http://www.shoreline.edu/map/directions-to-campus.aspx
Link to Parking information: http://www.shoreline.edu/safetyandsecurity/parking.aspx
Note: Parking is free after 4 pm.

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Engineering Volunteers needed Tue, May 3 for Bellevue College Mentor Lunch

April 25, 2016

2016 Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch (Next week – Tuesday, May 3rd)

Engineering volunteers are requested to support this Mentor event co-organized by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) with Bellevue College (BC).

We invite local engineering professionals to have lunch with students interested in engineering and to share their experiences. Please indicate if you can volunteer from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm or if only for a portion during that time frame when you register. We welcome those who can only come for an hour, whenever you may be available, as students will be rotating in to talk with engineers between a staggered class time schedule.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/ for the Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Event runs from 11am-1pm in the C-building, Room 130 A+B. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. A logistics email will be sent out a week or two before the event with directions, parking pass, and a map. Please email Dr. Jenn Pang and Jennifer Pritchard, the SAMI team at sami@bellevuecollege.edu with any questions. Thanks for volunteering!

There are no expectations to have an ongoing or follow-up mentoring relationship with any student unless both parties desire it. Mentors are asked to bring samples of their work, such as reports, drawings, and models that will fit on a 30” X 30” table top for discussion with the students. It is also an opportunity to share information about your professional societies, and your company as applicable. It is not a career fair, but rather an open forum to inspire local students towards a career in engineering, to answer questions, and to share your experience at a table top setting.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/

Thank you,

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair
salazarj@asme.org

Engineering Mentor Lunch Poster 4-16 web

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State Science Fair Judges Needed

March 25, 2016

Call For Judges

The Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) will be held April 1&2, 2016 at Bremerton High School. Boeing is a major sponsor. A record breaking number of students are expected this year, including an unusually large number of high school students on Saturday.

If the number of judges is insufficient, students must wait many hours for only one judging opportunity. This is discouraging for students who have spent months building a good project and hope to discuss it and receive encouragement from scientific and engineering professionals serving as judges.

Grades 1-5 are judged on Friday and grades 6-12 are judged on Saturday. The address is BHS, 1500 13th St, Bremerton. On Friday, judges training/assignments start at 1:00 with judging starting at 2:30. On Saturday, judges training/assignments begin at 8:00am, with judging starting at 9:00. Complimentary meals and beverages are available throughout the event.

For background on the judging process and other details for volunteers, please refer to the WSSEF judging brochure.

If you are able to volunteer for one or both days, please send a note to headjudge@wssef.org

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Tue, May 3rd 2016 Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch

March 9, 2016

2016 Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch

Engineering volunteers are requested from PSEC Member socities to support this Mentor event co-organized by the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) and the Science and Math Institute (SAMI) with Bellevue College (BC). In past years PSEC has co-organized several Mentor Nights with BC, and this year we are excited to announce we are breaking new ground by supporting a Mentor event with Bellevue College during the day from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We invite local engineering professionals to take the opportunity to have lunch with students interested in engineering and to share their experiences.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/ for the Bellevue College Engineer Mentor Lunch on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Event runs from 11am-1pm in the C-building, Room 130 A+B. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. A logistics email will be sent out a week or two before the event with directions, parking pass, and a map. Please email Dr. Jenn Pang and Jennifer Pritchard, the SAMI team at sami@bellevuecollege.edu with any questions. Thanks for volunteering!

There are no expectations to have an ongoing or follow-up mentoring relationship with any student unless both parties desire it. Mentors are asked to bring samples of their work, such as reports, drawings, and models that will fit on a 30” X 30” table top for discussion with the students. It is also an opportunity to share information about your professional societies, and your company as applicable. It is not a career fair, but rather an open forum to inspire local students towards a career in engineering, to answer questions, and to share your experience at a table top setting.

Register here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sami/2016-bellevue-college-engineer-mentor-lunch/

Thank you,

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair
salazarj@asme.org

Engineering Mentor Lunch Poster 4-16 web

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Fri, April 8th 2016 Everett Community College Dinner with Industry

2016 Everett Community College Dinner with Industry

Engineering volunteers are requested from PSEC member societies for this event on Friday, April 8th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on campus at EvCC in the Jackson Center. This event is hosted and organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student chapter and Everett Community College. For more information and to register see below.

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair
salazarj@asme.org

 

evcc                                                             SWE

Hello!

My name is LaRei Branham and I am the Secretary of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Everett Community College (EvCC).  EvCC’s SWE club is a small collegiate interest group under the SWE-Pacific Northwest (PNW) section and our faculty adviser is Kristine Washburn.

We are organizing a “Dinner with Industry” on April 8th from 6-8pm and we would love it if you could attend!  Our goal is to have students learn, ask questions, and get excited about engineering.  I want to stress that we are looking for all engineers, both men and women, to attend and share their experience with our students. In return, SWE/EvCC will pay for your dinner and you get the opportunity to interact with a group of promising future engineers. You are encouraged to share this invitation with your colleagues in the engineering profession.

You can direct any questions as well as register for the event by contacting me, LaRei Branham, at Larei.branham@wsu.edu.

Once you have registered for the event, I will follow up with a reminder email when the date gets closer.  Enclosed in that email will be directions to the school, a map of the campus, the building the event will be taking place in, and where to park.  I will also attach a printout parking pass for you to put on your dashboard when you arrive at the college.

Thank you for your time and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

LaRei Branham

EvCC SWE Secretary

EvCC SWE Liaison

Everett Community College Student

labranham@students.everettcc.edu

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Website Subcommittee is Forming

February 22, 2016

Based on discussion at the February PSEC meeting I am forming a PSEC subcommittee for design and management of this website. The PSEC website is our front door to the community. The primary point of contact and means of outreach to the wider engineering community and the engineers-in-training community.

But it is seriously underutilized! There are many things we could and should be doing to improve our outreach. The site’s software gives us the means to do it. If you want to have a say in the future direction of the site, please contact me at

webmaster@pseconline.org

And give me your email address. I will be setting up a forum for discussion. Participation will not require meeting attendance or unreasonable time commitment, at least not initially. We will make announcements in this space as necessary. Please consider participating and please point potential volunteers to this page.

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Call for Volunteers for 2016 North Seattle College Engineering Mentor Night, March 1st 6:00 – 8:00 pm

February 5, 2016

2016 North Seattle College Engineering Mentor Night, March 1st 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Call for volunteers – please register here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-north-seattle-college-engineering-mentor-night-tickets-20783315456?ref=ebtnebregn.

 

**EVENT DATE & LOCATION**

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (please arrive between 5:30 – 6:00 pm to get to your table)

North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

A campus map, directions, and a free parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the event once you register.

EVENT DETAILS

The PSEC Mentor Nights are hosted at participating colleges and universities with the purpose of giving engineering students (freshmen through seniors, & occasionally high school students) an opportunity to ask questions in person from a variety of practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and faculty about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, professions, career pathways, continuing education, professional registration considerations, professional engineering organizations, responsibilities, and ethics over pizza and refreshments.

Mentors are asked to bring samples of their work, such as reports, drawings, and models that will fit on a 30” X 30” table top for discussion with the students. It is also an opportunity to share information about your professional societies, and your company as applicable. It is not a career fair, but rather an open forum to inspire local students towards a career in engineering, to answer questions, and to share your experience at a table top setting. The events are intended to be one-on-one affairs, and no ongoing mentoring relationship is expected.

Students can:

* Meet professional engineers

* Explore opportunities in engineering

* Get advice from professionals

* Learn more about internships and employment in engineering

 

REGISTER ONLINE

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-north-seattle-college-engineering-mentor-night-tickets-20783315456?ref=ebtnebregn A campus map, directions, and a free parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the event once you register.

Attachment:

Flyer – 2016 North Seattle College Mentor Night Call for Volunteers Flyer.pdf

 

For more information and to see a complete list of all Mentor events supported by PSEC, please visit our Mentor Nights webpage at http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/.

For questions please contact Jason Salazar at salazarj@asme.org, PSEC NSC Mentor Night Coordinator.

 

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Seeking Volunteer PSEC Mentor Night Coordinators

October 9, 2015

 

PSEC Mentor Nights from above

Calling all Engineering Professionals, Mentor Night Volunteers, Greater Seattle Engineering Society Members of any Discipline,

 

The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) is seeking additional Mentor Coordinators for our annual Mentor Nights program either as a back-up or as a future coordinator for an event that you would like to support. We have six Mentor Night Coordinators for the eight different mentor events PSEC currently supports locally at multiple Universities and Colleges.

The primary role of a Mentor Coordinator is to be a point contact for volunteers from the multiple local engineering societies and local industry. This role is not limited to member societies current officers or to a representative to PSEC but anyone who has enjoyed volunteering at the multi-society Mentor Nights. This is an opportunity for one (or more) events in the year – primarily conducted by email.

We are especially looking for individuals who have attended a Mentor Night event at the same school more than once.

We have well documented guidelines, tools, and support for you to help with these instructional and successful events.

For more information about Mentor Nights go to our website at http://www.pseconline.org/mentor-nights/.

This is an opportunity to continue to help support our local Universities and Colleges by supporting these outreach events.

Please contact me if you are interested and would like to learn more.

Jason Salazar
PSEC Mentor Night Committee Chair

 

The PSEC Mentor Nights are hosted at participating colleges and universities with the purpose of giving engineering students (freshmen through seniors, & occasionally high school students) an opportunity to ask questions in person from a variety of practicing engineers, engineering alumni, and faculty about the wide spectrum of engineering disciplines, professions, career pathways, continuing education post-graduation, professional registration considerations, responsibilities, and ethics over food and refreshments.

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Request for Mentors – Seattle Pacific University Engineering Mentor Night – Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015

October 6, 2015

Seattle Pacific University is hosting an engineering mentor night for their students on October 27 from 6 to 8 pm and they are particularly seeking mentors in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The event will start with a panel discussion of invited SPU alumni who will field questions from the students.  Following the panel discussion the students will rotate among the tables with the mentors to answer specific questions ranging from thoughts on advanced education to what they should expect entering into the practice of engineering.  Handouts or samples of work product are always good to start conversations. If you are available to attend, please sign-up through Eventbrite.

Final details, directions, and parking passes will be sent out in the week just prior to the event.

 

Please contact me at pgrant@pangeoinc(dot)com with any questions, and thanks for giving your time and talent to encourage our next generation of engineers.

W. Paul Grant, P.E.

PSEC SPU Mentor Coordinator

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