Graduate Women in Engineering Network (GWEN)

Vision and Mission of the GWEN Program
VISION

The Graduate Women in Engineering Network strives to empower and connect women engineering graduate students.

MISSION

To provide a supportive environment for the purpose of sharing information and strategies to enable women engineering graduate students to achieve success personally, academically, and professionally. 

Program Objectives
  • Community: To establish an inclusive network that affirms, inspires, and supports women and gender minorities throughout the engineering graduate career. 
  • Strategies: To provide opportunities to develop skills and introduce strategies for professional and personal development.
  • Advancement: To provide an enriching experience that encourages individual growth, and furthers the community of women engineers. 
2023 GWEN Symposium: Sharing Your Voice, Extending Your Reach

Calling all graduate women in engineering! Grow your confidence. Present your amazing work. Cultivate your networks. 

The Graduate Women in Engineering Network (GWEN) will host the 2nd annual GWEN Symposium on Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 at Purdue University.

Sharing Your Voice, Extending Your Reach
2nd Annual Graduate Women in Engineering Network Symposium

The GWEN Symposium is an opportunity for women graduate students to build community, support your peers, hear about exciting research, and learn from inspiring alumnae. 

Registration opens December 1st, 2022.

Questions, please contact the GWEN Leadership team: wiepgwen@purdue.edu

Individuals of all races, genders, and backgrounds are welcome.

2023 GWEN Symposium: Call for Abstracts

The Graduate Women in Engineering Network proudly announces the 2nd annual conference for graduate women in the College of Engineering. 

Sharing Your Voice, Extending Your Reach
2nd Annual Graduate Women in Engineering Network Symposium

Call for Posters, Conference Presentations, and Special Format Presentations.

The GWEN Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, 2023. It is an opportunity for graduate students to build community, share the impact of their work in new and engaging ways, and learn from inspiring alumnae. 

Call for Abstracts Opens: October 3rd, 2022
Abstracts Due: November 14th, 2022

The symposium accepts proposals on topics associated with your research. We encourage all presenters to use active engagement strategies when presenting their work at the symposium. Please start thinking about how you will engage your audience. 

Questions, please contact the GWEN Leadership team: wiepgwen@purdue.edu

WIEP Travel Grant Award for Graduate Students

Congratulations to the 2022 WIEP Travel Grant winners who were selected from presenters at the 1st annual GWEN Symposium held February 7th, 2022.

  • Caitlin Adams (PhD MSE) - "Effect of binder chemistry on superabsorbent polymer internal curing of cementitious systems," 12th Advances in Cement-Based Materials Conference, Irvine, CA, July 2022.
  • Claudia Benito Alston (PhD BME) - "Finite Element Analysis of Patient-Specific 3D Printed Bone Graft for Vertical Alveolar Ridge Augmentation," Society for Biomaterials, Baltimore, MD, April 2022.
  • Zuhal Cakir (PhD ChE)
  • Aliya Ehde (PhD EEE)
  • Alexis Hoerter (PhD BME)
  • Athena Lin (PhD ENE) - "How do Engineering Education Graduate Students Perceive and Negotiate Disciplinary Expectations in Academic Writing," American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN, June 2022.
  • Sara Metti (PhD ECE)
  • Burla Ondes (PhD IE)
  • Katie Riley (PhD ME)
  • Ana Ulloa (PhD MSE) - "Controlled Synthesis of Polystyrene/Citrate Capped AuNPs Microparticles for the Colorimetric Detection of Hg2+ Ions through Aptamer-target Interaction," 2022 TMS Annual meeting & Exhibition/BioNano Interfaces and Engineering Applications, Anaheim, CA, February 2022. 
Past Symposia
First Annual GWEN Symposium
February 7, 2022
Sharing Your Voice, Making An Impact
A Graduate Women in Engineering Network Symposium

Symposium Abstract Booklet

Symposium Agenda:

10:00 - 10:45am Opening Plenary - Speaker: Amy Penner (BS ABE 2007 Purdue; MS ABE 2008 Purdue; MBA Oxford Brookes) R&D Principal Engineer, PepsiCo, Chicago, IL
10:45 - 11:00am Transition & Break
12:00 - 12:15pm Transition & Break
12:15 - 1:15pm Luncheon & Keynote host by Sandia National Laboratories - Speaker: Dr. Megan Nyre-Yu (BS IE 2009 Purdue; MS IE 2016 Purdue; PhD IE 2019 Purdue) R&D Science & Engineering - Human Factors, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
1:15 - 1:30pm Transition & Break
2:30 - 2:45pm Transition & Break, Put up posters
3:45 - 4:00pm Transition & Break
4:00 - 5:30pm Networking Reception and Poster Session (list of posters) - cocktails & hors d'oeuvres hosted by the Women in Engineering Program

 *COE Grad Student Presentation sessions begin with advice from alumnae on strategies for success followed by research talks from your peers across the College.

Meet the GWEN Leadership Team
Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer | Associate Director
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Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer | Associate Director
Dr. Zurn-Birkhimer is the Associate Director of WIEP and oversees GWEN. Here is her bio.

Why GWEN is great
"The Graduate Women in Engineering Program is near and dear to my heart. I was involved in a similar program during my graduate years. Not only did it allow me to build a community of women scholars, I was able to grow personally and professionally. I am excited that we continue to bring these amazing opportunities to students today."
Cathy Deno | Administrative Assistant
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Cathy Deno | Administrative Assistant
Cathy is one of WIEP's Administrative Assistants. She works with the mentoring program teams and the WE Link recruitment team. Here is her bio.

Why GWEN is great
"I love that GWEN offers our women graduate students not only the opportunity to network with women outside of their disciplines but also a safe place to practice unique ways of presenting their research at the annual symposium."
Olivia Brandt | PhD Student | Materials Engineering
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Olivia Brandt | PhD Student | Materials Engineering
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Olivia is from Los Angeles and obtained a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2019. Olivia's PhD research is focused on understanding ceramic processing techniques that are used to create heat exchanges. Besides GWEN, Olivia is active in the American Ceramics Society where she is chair of the President's Council of Student Advisors. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys playing the piano, cycling, and watching her favorite TV shows.

Why GWEN is great
"GWEN is an exceptional program that offers networking opportunities with alumnae and students within different engineering disciplines and provides a space for academic, personal, and professional growth through unique programming. GWEN has given me resources and skills that I could not have obtained through my own engineering discipline and has allowed me to make connections that I would have otherwise missed if I was not involved."
Burla Ondes | PhD Student | Industrial Engineering
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Burla Ondes | PhD Student | Industrial Engineering
Burla received her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 2019. Her PhD research is focused on deriving performance bounds for multi-objective simulation optimization algorithms. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, visiting springs and reading novels.

Why GWEN is great
"GWEN is an extraordinary program that offers many opportunities for women graduate students such as networking with alumnae and fellow women graduate students along with the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. It also provides a welcoming environment for women graduate students in any discipline of engineering which is extremely important especially in graduate school."
Elizabeth Sanders | PhD Student | Engineering Education
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Elizabeth Sanders | PhD Student | Engineering Education
Hometown: Central Illinois

Elizabeth is an Engineering Education PhD student, originally from Central Illinois. She completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her M.S. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Her current research focuses on human-centered design, ethics, and empathy in engineering. Outside of school, she likes to spend her time making music, doing art, being outdoors, or enjoying some live music!

Why GWEN is great
"GWEN is an incredible program that intentionally centers community among women graduate students. I love that GWEN provides an inclusive and welcoming space for women graduate students to connect across disciplines and create meaningful, lasting friendships!"
Anne Serban | PhD Student | Chemical Engineering
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Anne Serban | PhD Student | Chemical Engineering

Anne received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. She is part of the Beaudoin group and is currently working on understanding the adhesion between energetic particles and their binders. In her free time, Anne enjoys being outside and trying new foods. 

Why GWEN is great
"GWEN provides opportunities to meet fellow women in engineering and helps build networks; this was especially meaningful to me as I joined Purdue during COVID."

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