(Front: Madeleine Hollinger; Middle: Kat Kerr, Julianna Hachenski; Back: JT Sarisky, Emily Hamman, Akiya Chirra)

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 | Sophomore | Biomedical Engineering
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Aikya Chirra | Sophomore | Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Montgomery, New Jersey

Aikya is a co-chair of the Recruitment Project Committee of WE Link. In addition to WE Link, Aikya is also involved in MRI research on campus and the 3D printed prosthetics club. In her free time, Aikya enjoys reading 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."
Julianna Hachenski | Sophomore | Industrial Engineering
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Julianna Hachenski | Sophomore | Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, New York

Julianna is a co-chair of the Recruitment Project Committee of WE Link, a group of volunteers that complete projects as a team to recruit prospective students. Outside of WE Link, Julianna is also a Purdue Ambassador and Tour Guide, a member of the Honors College and an Honors Engineering Peer Mentor. She also spent last summer working virtually with Land O' Lakes. When she isn't studying, Julianna loves being outside walking campus, playing intramural sports with friends or cheering on Purdue athletics.

"I love WE Link because it gives me the chance to inspire students to pursue engineering by sharing my experiences and helping to show the amazing community of female engineers that exists here at Purdue."
Emily Hamman | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
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Emily Hamman | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Milton, Wisconsin

Emily is the co-chair for volunteer nights for WE Link. Aside from WE Link, Emily is involved in Phi Mu Fraternity and Professional Practice Ambassadors (PPA), and has worked as a Starbucks Barista and First-Year Engineering teaching assistant (TA). She plans on getting involved with undergraduate research for the remainder of her time at Purdue. In the past, Emily has completed two rotations of co-op with Zimmer Biomet and a Maymester in Barcelona last Summer. 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!"
Madeleine Hollinger | Senior | Chemical Engineering
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Madeleine Hollinger | Senior | Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Libertyville, IL

Madeleine is a co-chair of the Social Media for WE Link. Besides WE Link, she is involved with Phi Mu Sorority. In the past, she has also been involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe), was a Teaching Assistant for the Honors FYE class, and studied abroad in Sweden while learning more about sustainability. Madeleine has also completed two internships with AbbVie and this past summer, she interned at RB as a Capital Project Engineering Intern. Outside of class, Madeleine enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with friends and family.

"I love WE Link because I have the opportunity to make a direct and positive impact on prospective students in many different ways, showing them not only what it's like to be a Purdue student, but also how amazing it is to be a female engineering student."
Kat Kerr | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Kat Kerr
Kat Kerr | Junior | Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylavnia

Kat is a co-chair of the Social Media of WE Link. Besides WE Link, she's been involved with Timmy Global Health, Undergraduate Research, BMES, and Engineering Projects in Community Service. Last summer, Kat took classes and worked in her research lab. In her free time, Kat enjoys volunteering with Franciscan Health Alliance, running, and spending time with friends. 

"I love WE Link because it provides current students the platform to encourage and empower prospective students and to demonstrate 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 leadership skills."
JT Sarisky | Junior | Civil Engineering
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JT Sarisky | Junior | Civil Engineering
Hometown: Lansdale, Pennslyvania

JT is a co-chair of the volunteer nights for WE Link, a group of volunteers who work projects for recruitment. In addition to WE Link, she is involved as a WIEP FYE mentor, Civil Engineering Ambassador, Honors Engineering Peer Mentor, and member of Purdue's chapter of Habitat for Humanity. JT studied abroad in Italy and interned with DelDOT during the summer after her freshman year. 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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