(Front: Emily Hamman, JT Sarisky, Athulya Nair; Middle: Aikya Chirra, Alena Megregian; Back: Kat Kerr)

Welcome to WE Link

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Tell me more about WE Link

The Personal Connection Program was formed by Purdue University, in 1991, through the funding from a three-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and has subsequently relied on corporate sponsorship. The program was renamed WE Link, in 2012, to emphasize the program's focus on connecting with prospective women engineering students. The WE Link Leadership Team, made up of undergraduate engineering students, aims to reach out to prospective female engineering students in high school and to serve as their connection to Purdue. WE Link acts as their personal link to Purdue University with two main focuses:

  1. To increase the number of exceptional female students who consider engineering as a profession
  2. To increase the number of exceptional female students who enroll in engineering

WE Link portrays the academic and social experiences associated with the exciting and opportunity filled engineering program Purdue offers. WE Link focuses on activities that help young women interested in engineering learn more about life as a female engineering student at Purdue by discussing dorm life, typical classes for engineering students, and other awesome experiences Purdue students have.

Connect with WE Link

We're here to connect you to Purdue and answer any questions you have about Purdue Women in Engineering. As current undergraduate women in engineering, we are your link to engineering, student life, and everything Purdue has to offer! We are dedicated to smoothing your transition into engineering and life at Purdue by answering your questions and sharing our knowledge with you. We'd love to answer any questions you have. Drop a note at our blog or contact us at welink@purdue.edu 

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Volunteer with WE Link

WE Link is excited about our initiatives to connect with senior high school girls and share our experiences in Purdue Engineering with them. We would like your help to share more current student experiences with these girls. Your stories help them relate to the Purdue experience and get excited about becoming a future Boilermaker!

We connect with these girls through the WE Link blog, " The Engineering Experience ," WE Link Twitter , and WE Link Instagram . We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with content for all of our efforts. 

Watch your e-mail for an invitation at the beginning of each semester (September and January) to attend our WE Link Volunteer Callout. Over dinner, you'll learn more about what we do and how you can get involved. 

Meet the Team
Aikya Chirra | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
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Aikya Chirra | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Montgomery, New Jersey

Aikya is a co-chair of the Recruitment Project Committee of WE Link. In addition to WE Link, she is involved in the 3D Printed Prosthetics club, is a Supplemental Instructino leader and has done MRI research at Purdue. Last summer, Aikya was a Systems Engineering intern at Hologic in Massachusetts. In her free time, Aikya enjoys hammocking on campus and watching movies.

"I love WE Link because we help high school girls realize the potential they have to do great things and it's a great community of girls to be a part of."
Emily Hamman | Senior | Biomedical Engineering
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Emily Hamman | Senior | Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin

Emily is the co-chair for volunteer nights for WE Link. Aside from WE Link, Emily is involved in Professional Practice Ambassadors (PPA) and works an off-campus job. Last summer, Emily interned in Chicago as a patent engineer, and has completed a co-op with Zimmer Biomet in 2019. She also studied abroad in Barcelona in the summer of 2019. In her free time, Emily enjoys running, reading and supporting Purdue sports (Let's go Purdue Basketball!!).

""I love WE Link because it has allowed me to find a community that supports me academically and also allows me to grow professionally by developing my leadership skills and meeting awesome alumni!"
Kat Kerr | Senior | Biomedical Engineering
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Kat Kerr | Senior | Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin

Kat is a co-chair of the Social Media of WE Link. Besides WE Link, she's been involved with Undergraduate Research, BMES, and Engineering Projects in Community Service. She also had worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant on campus. Last summer, Kat was an undergraduate research fellow at University of Pennslyvania. In her free time, Kat enjoys volunteering with Franciscan Health Alliance, exercising, and spending time with friends.

"I love WE Link because it provides current students with a platform to encourage and empower prospective students how great it is to be a female engineer! WE Link has allowed me to make an impact on prospective students and improve my communication and leaderhsip skills."
Alena Megregian Hollinger | Sophomore | Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
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Alena Megregian | Sophomore | Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Hometown: Brownsburg, IN

Alena is a co-chair of the Recruitment Project Committee of We Link. In addition to WE Link, she is involved with College Mentors for Kids and Delight Ministries. Alena spent last summer as a cabin leader for Grace Adventures, a summer camp in western Michigan. Alena enjoys spending time outdoors, watching the stars, and cheering on our Purdue sports!

"I love WE Link because it's what brough me to Purdue. I loved the idea of having a community that would support me, and help make a big campus feel small. I am excited to give back, and to hopefully help high school students realize their potential that they can have at Purdue."
Athulya Nair | Sophomore | Biological Engineering
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Athulya Nair | Sophomore | Biological Engineering
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana

Athulya is a co-chair of the Social Media for WE Link. Besides WE Link, Athulya is also an Undergraduate Peer Teacher for a First-Year Engineering class and a member of the Women in Engineering Mentor and Mentee Program. She spent the last summer working as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy. Outside of school, Athulya likes to back, go on spontaneous trips with friends, and hiking.

"I love WE Link because it helped me realize that Purdue Engineering was a right fit for me, and now I have the opportunity to help other prospective female students discover their passion for engineering and the STEM field."
JT Sarisky | Senior | Civil Engineering
JT Sarisky
JT Sarisky | Senior | Civil Engineering
Hometown: Lansdale, Pennslyvania

JT is a co-chair of the volunteer nights for WE Link, a group of volunteers who work on projects for recruitment. In addition to WE Link, she is involved as a WIEP FYE mentor, Civil Engineering Ambassador, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society, Honors Engineering Peer Mentor, and member of Purdue's chapter of Habitat for Humanity. JT studied abroad in Italy and interned with DelDOT and Kiewit Corporation. Outside of class, JT loves working out at the Co-Rec, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching sunrises and sunsets.

"I love WE Link because I can serve as an ambassador and make a direct impact by providing a window for high school students into college life as a female engineer at Purdue."

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