Officer Roles & Bios
WinECE has six student executive officer positions that are elected by the membership annually. Each position has specific responsibilities, as described below. The organization's staff advisor is Susan Farrington, ECE Director of Alumni & Student Relations.
The president is responsible for the overall running of the organization. This involves planning and scheduling WinECE officer and general body meetings, keeping the organization's calendar, and running a professional or academic development event each semester. The president may appoint special chairs as needed, for example as liaisons to other organizations, or for WinECE's involvement with ECE Day. The president will work closely with our advisor, Susan Farrington.
Class of 2014
Areas of interest: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Linguistics, Spanish
Ask me about: Greek Life, Dancer's Symposium, Study Abroad, Summer Camp, FPGAs
Why did you choose ECE?: I always wanted to know how electronics worked and become more involved with the creation of new technologies, so I took Intro to ECE. The rest just kind of happened!
Why are you involved in WinECE?: I think having a support system for women in ECE is vital to our success as a minority in the major. Sometimes it can be overwhelming being one of few women in a classroom. It helps to connect with other women in the same position.
Who is your favorite superhero or character?: I'm obsessed with Harry Potter!
The vice president is responsible for planning and running social events, and helps the president when needed. In particular, the vice president is in charge of the fall and spring welcome dinners, and also at least one smaller social event per semester. The vice president may establish a committee to support this role, and will work closely with our advisor regarding issues with funding and food for programs. The vice president will work with the president on WinECE's contribution to ECE Day.
Class of 2014
Areas of interest: Embedded Systems, Hardware Design, Semiconductors
Ask me about: Getting a campus job and research, Starting a campus organization like ECE Outreach, Getting a summer internship, What books to read, Things to do in Pittsburgh
Why did you choose ECE?: I chose ECE because it had the most lab sessions of any engineering major and I like hands-on activities.
Why are you involved in WinECE?: I've met some amazing women and made great friends through this organization and I wanted to help others made the same connections.
Who is your favorite superhero or character?: Roald Dahl's BFG
The Communications Directors are responsible for taking minutes at meetings, keeping the website updated with event announcements, and working with the president and vice president to advertise events. In addition, they are responsible for writing invitations and thank-you notes to speakers and other guests of WinECE.
Class of 2015
Areas of interest: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Signals and Systems, Embedded Systems
Ask me about: ECE Outreach, Traveling, Music, Scotch and Soda Theater, Spanish (language), Knitting/Crocheting
Why did you choose ECE?: The things we learn in this major are so interesting and so closely related to the technologies on which the modern world depends. I knew ECE would be the best major for me because it is the one in which I feel I can have the most direct positive influence on people's lives.
Why are you involved in WinECE?: I chose WinECE because in a major as challenging and as male-dominated as ECE, it helps to have a group of people to support you who know exactly what you're going through. The small size of WinECE is ideal, because it makes it easy to get advice from upperclassmen in low pressure environments and to get acquainted with other ECE girls in your classes.
Who is your favorite superhero or character?: Superboy (Young Justice)
Class of 2016
Areas of interest: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics
Ask me about: Being a buggy mechanic, traveling around the world, books to read, movies to watch
Why did you choose ECE?: Everything in ECE is so dynamic and is constantly changing and developing with new technologies, and it's really stunning that our generation has the power to redefine how our world works.
Why are you involved in WinECE?: There's no reason that women should be afraid to declare ECE, and I want to make sure incoming freshmen (and even current students) know that. Failure really is a learning experience, and I think that freshmen women don't understand that well enough and they let the difficulty of Intro to ECE scare them out of declaring ECE even if they're interested. I'm involved in WinECE to help those girls realize the potential they have and to tell them that it's not impossible to be a woman in ECE.
Who is your favorite superhero or character?: My favorite book character is the Queen of Attolia from the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. She's clever and intelligent and despite her struggles, she's a striking character that I really admire.
The Mentoring Co-Chairs are responsible for helping students build a close relationship with experienced upperclassmen and building a sense of camaraderie among women in a male-dominated major. The Mentoring Co-Chairs organize a program which provides support, understanding and guidance in all areas of life within ECE.
Class of 2015
Areas of interest: Embedded Systems, Signal Processing, Wireless Networking, Linguistics
Ask me about: What to do during summer, including: taking classes at Pitt, finding research, doing volunteer work, traveling
Why did you choose ECE?: It was a natural choice for me, because I loved math and science since I was very young. It is a hard major, but all the concepts we learn are very interesting.
Why are you involved in WinECE?: It's a great opportunity to get to know people in ECE, especially since everyone in this major is busy studying.
Who is your favorite superhero or character?: Judge Dredd
Class of 2015
Areas of interest: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Economics
Ask me about: Upcoming WinECE events, Ayn Rand's philosophy
Why did you choose ECE?: Always had an aptitude for math, love signal processing concepts
Why are you involved in WinECE?: Great organization to find mentors and network with peers
Who is your favorite superhero or character?: Scarlett O'Hara