Meet the Officers

Emily Bautista
President

Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Graduation date: May 2019

My main responsibility as the President of SWE is to ensure our organization is running smoothly throughout the year! This includes supporting the executive board and chairs in their own tasks or events as well as collaborating with company sponsors to plan meaningful professional development events. I also interface with the society to maintain our sections good standing.

About me personally, after graduation I cannot wait to get a cat! And also, a career within the manufacturing realm. When I have free time, I love knitting and listening to podcasts (mainly at the same time)! I also enjoy going to cultural/music events whenever possible and hiking as weather permits. I am SWE crazy, so if anyone is ever interested in learning about SWE beyond our colliegate section, I am your SWEester!

SWE email: vtswe.president@gmail.com
Personal email: emilie7@vt.edu

Erica O'Donnel
Vice President

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Green Engineering, Music
Graduation date: May 2019

As the Vice President of SWE, I coordinate with our sponsors and other organizations to plan our biweekly general body meetings (GBMs). These meetings help our members develop as engineers, be empowered as women in STEM, and have fun connecting with their fellow engineering students! I am always looking for new ways to improve our SWE section, both by helping our other officers and leading new initiatives.

I am passionate about the environment and would love to start a career in renewable energy. I also have developed a love of research through my undergraduate research and my latest internship. Outside of SWE and engineering, I have been a member of several of the campus music ensembles and have had the opportunity to perform around the country (including at the Battle at Bristol and at Carnegie Hall!). In my free time, I also love to read and to hike.

SWE email: vtswe.vicepresident@gmail.com

Julie Duetsch
Treasurer

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Graduation date: May 2019

As SWE@VT treasurer, I maintain the chapter's annual budget, invoicing, and banking management. It's my job to make sure that all SWE members are properly reimbursed after spending on our chapter's events and that our chapter complies with tax code. I have also previously held the positions of Vice President and Evening with the Industries Chair within SWE@VT.

Outside of SWE, I am a senior in aerospace engineering and will be pursuing a career in aircraft aerodynamics. After I graduate with my B.S. in May 2019, I will be completing my M.S. in aerospace engineering in May 2020 through the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department's accelerated B.S./M.S. program. Outside of classes and extracurricular activities, I enjoy painting, hiking, and reading.

Morgan Newcomb
Secretary

Major: Civil Engineering
Minors: Green Engineering, Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
Graduation date: May 2021

Currently secretary for our chapter, I work on assisting in the management of meetings when it comes to attendance and meeting minutes amongst a few other tasks for the Executive Board.

Concentrating in Land Development and Green Infrastructure, my future passions lie in urban redevelopment with integrated green spaces. I hope to pursue a doctorate and go back to school to teach after working in the industry. Currently, I am a part of the Baja SAE here at Virginia Tech, a design team in the Ware Lab that aims to manufacture off-road buggies for competition and reinforce the engineering design process.

SWE email: vtswe.secretary@gmail.com

Rachel Lake
Social Committee Chair

Major: Biological Systems Engineering
Graduation date: May 2021

As social committee chair, I am responsible for planning fun events for the club to enjoy. When I graduate, I want to work in the environmental industry. In my free time I enjoy reading, binge watching Parks and Recreation, archery, and playing my violin.

Personal Email: rlake11@vt.edu

Jenny McAneney
Education Outreach Chair

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation date: May 2021

SWE at VT provides opportunities for children to explore STEM with hands-on activities. As the education outreach chair, I am responsible for connecting with the local community and planning service events like Brownie Day and Kids Tech University. Outside of SWE, I have participated in intramural volleyball, BARC, and Hypatia. In the free time I find outside of engineering, I enjoy playing sports, drawing, and watching Netflix.

Personal Email: jenmac@vt.edu

Ashlyn Pugh
Community Outreach Chair

Major: Electrical Engineering
Graduation date: May 2021

As Community Outreach chair, my responsibilities include reaching out to local organizations and giving SWE members a platform to serve communities.

Outside of SWE and engineering, I have many interests including hiking, photography, droning, and cheering on my Hokies! My current career plan is to earn a Masters degree in engineering and, afterwards, start in industry.

Personal Email: ashlyn21@vt.edu

Sierra Lunsford
Social Committee Chair

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Green Engineering, Psychology
Graduation date: May 2019

Serving as Publicity Chair for a second year, I advertise for SWE meetings, events, and community outreach around campus and on social media. Check us out on our new Facebook page (SWE at Virginia Tech) or Instagram (@swe_vt) to get connected! During my free time, I enjoy hiking, crafting, and playing tennis. After graduation, I aim to be involved in a company developing more sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies and products.

Personal Email: sierral@vt.edu

Amy Han
CAMEO Representative

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Graduation date: May 2022

Hello! My name is Amy Han, and I'm the new CAMEO rep for SWE. I'm really excited to share the goals of SWE with other organizations!

Kathryn Wittek
Educational Outreach Chair

Major: Ocean Engineering
Minor: Systems and Vehicle Design & Naval Architecture
Graduation date: May 2022

As Education outreach chair here at VT, I am here to help SWE with opportunities for children to explore STEM with hands-on activities. I am responsible for connecting the local community to SWE@VT through different service events such as Brownie Day, Girl Scout day, and many other K12 events. Outside of SWE, I love to play tennis, hang out with my friends, do fun projects, and go to VT sporting events. Outside of engineering, I also enjoy any outdoor adventure or just staying in to have a movie night! Go Hokies!

SWE Email: kathrynjwittek@vt.edu

Gulnaz Sayed
Conference Chair

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics
Graduation date: May 2022

As Conference Chair, it is my responsibility to budget and organize any VT SWE trips to national conferences. The next national conference SWE at Virginia Tech will attend is WE19, the world’s largest conference for female engineers. I attended WE18 during the last academic year and am ecstatic to represent Virginia Tech at the largest SWE conference again next year in Anaheim, CA!

Beyond SWE, I am interested in the intersection between computer science and business, with the hopes of pursuing an MBA after my undergraduate career. I am currently working on artificial intelligence/machine learning research and hope to continue in the software engineering or management field upon graduation. In my free time, I like to read, bullet journal, travel, and spend time with family/friends!

Personal Email: gulnaz@vt.edu

Mia Taylor
Webmaster

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Japanese Studies
Graduation date: May 2021

As the Webmaster of SWE at Virginia Tech, I maintain this website! If you have ideas or issues with the site, feel free to contact me at the email below.

Outside of SWE, I am normally at hackathons or binge watching Fixer Upper. I also really enjoy reading and going to concerts in my free time. I am a member of the VT Women's Choir and hope to one day be fluent in Japanese.

Go Hokies!

SWE Email: vtswe.webmaster@vt.edu