Cal Poly SWE Honors Five Outstanding Members

February 02, 2018



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). The awards were presented at Cal Poly SWE’s annual Evening with Industry, held Jan. 26 at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

The Outstanding Women in Engineering awardees were chosen based on faculty recommendations, demonstrated leadership, related work experience and grade point average.

Honorees included Naomi Hennefeld, 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; and 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.


Pictured from left: Cate Kraska (civil engineering), Rebecca Kandell (biomedical engineering), Amy Tsai (computer science), Naomi Hennefeld (environmental engineering) and Alaina Standish (aerospace engineering).


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