Past Events

“Reimagining Your Personal Brand” Webinar with Wendy Cocke

 Tuesday, March 26

SWE member and recent WE Local Baltimore keynote speaker Wendy Cocke presented virtually on “Reimagining Your Personal Brand”.  This event is part of Smith College’s Executive Education series and is free to join.  

Headshot Happy Hour

Thursday, March 21st at at Audrey’s Coffee House & Lounge

25 SWE NESS and URI SWE members gathered at Audrey’s Coffee House and Lounge last month to get professional headshots donated from Brian Botthof. Thank you to Brian for sharing your time and talents with our community! The two hours were packed with food and networking. 

RI Science Fair

March 16th Community College of Rhode Island

SWE-NESS made their annual trip to the Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair. Donna Matthews and Sally Sutherland-Pietrzak judged 20 projects completed by middle school girls. All of the girls were very articulate in describing their projects, and very enthusiastic! It was difficult to choose just two projects to give the SWE-NESS Diana Ukleja memorial award to. Ultimately, Chloe Oliveira of Wilbur & McMahon School for “Back to the Future”, and Rania Akrasi of Islamic School of Rhode Island for “Which Laundry Detergent Wins” were chosen. Each received an award
certificate and a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Congratulations Chloe and Rania!

REGENT Craft Technical Tour

Tuesday, March 5th at 4:30-6pm

REGENT Craft Inc., 200 Callahan Road, North Kingstown, RI, 02852

SWE NESS, URI SWE, and USCGA SWE members participated in an on-site technical tour of REGENT Craft this March, enjoying the chance to learn about the all-electric seaglider’s progress from scale model to prototype. Participants were even able to fly their simulator!  Thank you to REGENT for hosting this event and sponsoring dinner for the 37 participants. 

SWE-USCGA and SWE-NESS Speed Mentoring

Thursday, 22 Feb from 1830 to 2000

USCGA Alumni Center, 47 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320

SWE at the US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is planning a networking event for USCGA cadets to learn from local civilian engineers. We enthusiastically invite professional female engineers to meet with the cadets, share lessons learned, and provide advice in a speed mentoring style format. After a brief welcome message from the SWE-USCGA President, Cadet First Class Madeline Mee, we will arrange 1-2 professionals at small tables and allow the cadets to rotate through the tables for 10-15 minute speed-mentoring sessions over an hour time frame. At the conclusion of the hour, we will shift to some general and informal networking between all attendees. If you are interested in volunteering your time for this event, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Copic at or 860-701-6740. A valid government issued ID is required to enter the USCGA grounds and a Gratuitous Service Agreement will need to be signed to participate in this mentoring event.

Annual Be An Engineer Workshop

Saturday, February 17th at Providence Children’s Museum

Seven SWE-NESS and 3 SWE-Brown volunteers guided 61 children (and their 71 adult chaperones) with the 5 “engineering” stations. Each station offered at least one hands-on or interactive activity and represented electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical and software engineering. A “design” station was added this year where children could decorate their engineering bags with engineering symbols. Our wonderful volunteers were able to engage children from toddlers to 12 years old in the activities. A special thank you to PCM and Hannah Lally, PCM’s Community Engagement Manager, for making it so easy for SWE-NESS to offer this event. For the first time, WJAR – Channel 10 filmed the event and interviewed Hannah Lally. Hannah made sure that she gave kudos to SWE-NESS. A short clip was aired on the 11 o’clock news on the 17th, and pictures were posted on the WJAR website.

Hands On STEM Workshops 

January 29th at URI

The event was very helpful and successful! Please reach out to Kim if you would like to join the next workshop at

Connecting Engineers to Educators: Library Outreach Program

Thank you to the 12 SWE-NESS members who distributed Engineers Week printed material to the 70 RI libraries and 30 CT libraries located within our section’s area.  SWE-NESS asks these libraries to set up a  display of engineering related books along with the printed materials to celebrate Engineers Week, February 18-24, 2024.  This year’s theme is “Welcome to the Future”, where we invite everyone to see how engineers play a vital role in innovating solutions to global challenges that impact future generations.  For further information on this program, contact Donna Matthews at


Annual Holiday Dinner

We had a great turnout for our annual holiday dinner on December 8th and had a wonderful time sharing the holiday cheer with new and old friends at the Carriage Inn.

EVALuation Method for Customizing Your Working Time

November 30th at 5:30pm at BD Warwick office

SWE NESS partnered with the Becton Dickinson (BD) WIN+STEM employee resource group in Warwick, RI to host a professional development event on “Making Flex Work“. The session was led by Wendy Cocke, Founder of Engineering Leadership Solutions LLC, who provided insights on how to navigate a flexible work arrangement. Thanks to all the attendees and it was a great opportunity to network with local engineers!

WE23 Annual Conference

October 26-28

SWE annual conference in LA

Engines 101 Hands-On Workshop (& Ladies Night)

September 26

Location: Ragged Island Brewing Company, 54 Bristol Ferry Rd. Portsmouth, RI 02871
Join us for good beer, good company, and a lot of learning! Attend this hands-on workshop to ward off any engine-related imposter syndrome. Participants will disassemble and identify basic components of a small engine, review how combustion engines work, and learn about common handheld tools. 
Note: Registration is required as this event is limited to 20 participants, and is intended to create a safe and welcoming environment for women and allies. Open to non-SWE members, too, so invite a friend!

Mock Interviews for Roger Williams University

September 25th

Roger Williams University’s Center for Career and Professional Development is excited to once again partner with our Engineering Department to produce our Senior Engineering Mock Interview program.
Volunteers are needed to help our Engineering Senior Students enhance their interview and networking skills by conducting a 30 minute mock interview, 20 minutes of interview followed by 10 minutes of feedback, connecting with 4 students over the 2 hour event. Participation can be in person at our Bristol RI Campus or Virtually with Video Mock Interviews.

Successful Newport Polo All Charity Day Match!

July 16, 2023

Thank you to all who attended the polo tailgating event. We had 65 attendees and raised over $1500 from ticket sales and donations!

Women In Defense Networking Dinner by the Sea

June 8th

The Cove, Fall River

Battleship Cove Tour and Networking Dinner at the Cove Restaurant and Marina.

Membership Brunch

June 3

Union & Main in East Greenwich, RI.
We had a great time seeing some new and old faces at brunch! 

URI Think Like an Engineer Workshop

March 25

The URI SWE collegiate section hosted this outreach event with 12 student volunteers. 25 girls and 8 adults from 3 troops attended. The girls had three design challenges to complete: Paper Structures, Emergency Shelter, Seismic Shakeup. The feedback from the attendees was very encouraging; six said they didn’t like science before they came, and all but one liked it better now! Thanks to NESS members, Sue and Valerie, for helping to organize the event!

Think Like an Engineer Workshop

March 26

SWE-NESS sponsored a Think Like an Engineer Workshop for Cadette Girl Scouts (grades 6-8) at the Groton Municipal Center. The workshop stations included Corgi Life Vest, Camp Cabin, and Elephant Prosthetic. Thanks to Kim for coordinating!

2023 Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair

March 18

SWE-NESS members participated in judging science fair contestants. Two middle school girls were chosen for the SWE-NESS award. The projects chosen were by Hirniksha Dutta, Barrington Middle School, “Paper Saves Nature” and Brynleigh Brezniak, St. Philip School, “Batter Up! Exploring a Homopolar Motor”.

Rock Climbing and Happy Hour at Apponaug Brewery

March 23

WE Local Hartford

March 3-4

SWE-NESS members attended WE Local Hartford last month and said they had a great time networking and learning new skills at the many sessions. A big shoutout to our SWE-NESS members, Cary Kaczowka for putting on a very successful Engines 101 Workshop and presenting a session about Program Management, and Mary Studlick for presenting on the role of the Board of Trustees and how endowments work.

Engines 101 Workshop

February 8, 2023

We had a great time at the workshop where we got some hands on experience disassembling and reassembling engines! Thank you to Cary for organizing it and helping us feel more comfortable with the inner workings of engines. Thank you to B’s Small Engine and Repair in Dartmouth, MA for donating some of the engines used. If you have ideas for other hands-on workshops, let us know!

Autonomy’s Blind Spots

January 12, 2023

Virtual Webinar, cohosting with SWE NY, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Boston, and CT.