Cal Poly SWE Honors Five Outstanding Women in Engineering


Five students from Cal Poly’s College of Engineering recently received awards as Outstanding Women in Engineering from the Cal Poly campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Honorees are:

- Naomi Hennefeld, an environmental engineering major who is vice president of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a founding member of one of Cal Poly’s newest clubs, Engineering for a Sustainable World.

- Rebecca Kandell, a biomedical engineering graduate student and Cal Poly SWE past president whose honors include the ASEE Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member and Emerging Leader awards, and the DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering Award.

- Cate Kraska, a civil engineering senior and current president of the Society of Civil Engineers, as well as an active member of the Malawi team of Cal Poly’s Engineers Without Borders, and, closer to home, an Engineering Ambassador who represents the college to industry, prospective students and alumni.

- Alaina Standish, an aerospace engineering senior, who serves as vice president of Cal Poly Space Systems and is system lead for the group’s entry in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.

-Amy Tsai, a computer science senior who is currently vice president of three clubs: Women Involved in Software and Hardware, White Hat and the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Pictured, from left: Naomi Hennefeld, Rebecca Kandell, Alaina Standish, Amy Tsai and Cate Kraska.