Current Officers (old)

Kalie Knecht

Kalie Knecht – Co-President

Email: president@gwe.berkeley.edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Degree Program: Nuclear Engineering PhD
Why she’s in GWE: SWE has been my favorite way to make friends since undergrad! I love being involved with an org that lets me meet inspiring people in STEM 🙂
Favorite GWE Event: Big IDEAs Book & Media Club!

Maria Echeverria Molina

Maria Echeverria Molina – Co-President / Career Panel Co-Chair / Mental Health & Belonging Series Co-Chair

Email: president@gwe.berkeley.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering PhD (3rd year)
Why she’s in GWE: While being part of the industry for quite some time, I was able to witness the lack of women representation, especially in the STEM field. Coming back to grad school, I want to be part of a support group that leads the change and encouragement for women and minorities representation in this field.   
Favorite GWE Event: Speaker series is one of my favorites because we are able to engage with very talented and successful people and learn from their lives, career paths and even ask for tips!

Nicole Farias

Nicole Farias – Treasurer / Book & Media Club Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Physics
Why she’s in GWE: I’m in GWE because it is a great way to meet and interact with the amazing womxn engineering graduate students at Berkeley and also to learn and grow from our professional development events.
Favorite GWE Event: Speaker Series!

Hailey Boyer – Secretary / GWE-SWE Liaison

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD
Why she’s in GWE: It’s a great way to meet and connect with other women in my department and in other engineering departments. As well as a great support community and group to volunteer and do outreach with.
Favorite GWE Event: GWE buddies program! It was a great way to learn more about GWE and get to know another member during my first year.

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Alison Lui – Webmaster

Pronouns: her/she (like the chocolate)
Degree Program: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering PhD
Why she’s in GWE: It feels great to be in a community of engaged, proactive, women who also want to take on/over the world  .
Favorite GWE Event: Pumpkin carving!

Heya Kaakeh – Social Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering MS/PhD
Why she’s in GWE: I want to help strengthen the connection between women in engineering! 
Favorite GWE Event: I loved the GWE buddy program!

Mackenzie Wooten – Social Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: PhD Nuclear Engineering
Why she’s in GWE: To meet and support other women in STEM
Favorite GWE Event: Picnic socials

Teena Bajaj – Career & Professional Development Co-Chair / Career Panel Co-Chair

Pronouns: She/her
Degree Program: Doctoral program in Comparative Biochemistry
Why she’s in GWE: I love to be in GWE as it is a great platform to grow your network and interact with wonderful developing scientists. I am here to inspire myself and other women in STEM. 
Favorite GWE Event: Social hours, it’s fun to meet new people and enjoy!!

Elizabeth Voke – Career & Professional Development Co-Chair

Pronouns: She/her
Degree Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, PhD 
Why she’s in GWE: I am in GWE so I can connect with fellow engineers! 
Favorite GWE Event: My favorite GWE event is the ice cream social. 

Stephanie Eberly – Outreach Co-Chair

Pronouns: She/her
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D Candidate 
Why she’s in GWE: Since Mechanical Engineering is a heavily male dominated field, I joined GWE in search of a community of women.  I hope through GWE to help create a supportive, encouraging, and fun space for women to come together and push each other to achieve their potential. I strongly believe that I am only as strong as the woman next to me.  
Favorite GWE Event: My favorite part of GWE so far has been the mentorship program.  Especially starting my time at Berkeley during the pandemic, having a mentor provided me with someone to offer me guidance, vocalize my doubts to, and encourage me to continue onwards.

Laura Treers – Outreach Co-Chair

Pronouns: She/her
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering PhD (4th year)
Why she’s in GWE: I’m in GWE because it’s an awesome community of womxn who share similar values and experiences. I’m also passionate about getting more girls and young womxn into STEM and think GWE is a great platform through which to do that.
Favorite GWE Event: The GWE summer picnic – was so nice to see everyone after a very long time! 

Natalie Lefton

Natalie Lefton – DEI Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD
Why she’s in GWE: I’m in GWE to encourage and support womxn in STEM of all ages. 
Favorite GWE Event: Welcome Dinner! Good meals with good people are always great.

Mahek Logantha – DEI Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Nuclear Engineering – PhD
Why she’s in GWE: SWE was a huge part of my undergrad and I wanted to continue being in a community that promotes and provides resources to women and minorities in engineering. It has also given me the opportunity to meet and work with other grad students from different departments.

Sara Pohland – GWE-SWE Liaisons

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science PhD
Why she’s in GWE: I love being a part of a supportive community of womxn in STEM who encourage each other to pursue their professional and personal goals.
Favorite GWE Event: As a first year PhD student last year, the PhD 101 worksops were super helpful!

Claire Arthurs

Claire Arthurs – New Student Recruitment Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering PhD
Why she’s in GWE: I want to be a part of a welcoming and supportive community that will help foster confident and inspiring women in STEM.
Favorite GWE Event: Attending the GradSWE weSTEM Conference in Illinois was so inspiring; it motivated me for a tough semester!!!

Ashley Bird – New Student Recruitment Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Chemical Engineering (3rd year)
Why she’s in GWE: My goal is to create a community to support womxn in STEM. I want to provide resources, opportunities, and connections to mentors to help womxn overcome barriers and navigate challenges they may come across in their graduate and post-graduate career.
Favorite GWE Event: The Ice Cream Social! It was a fun, casual event to start the year. The variety of toppings & flavors were a great ice breaker to get to know new students.

Emily Carvalho

Emily Carvalho – Speaker Series Co-Chair / Mental Health & Belonging Series Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Why she’s in GWE: I’m in GWE to meet and support other women in STEM outside my department
Favorite GWE Event: Speaker series!

Jaewon Saw – Book & Media Club Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Degree Program: Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, PhD
Why she’s in GWE: To build lasting relationships with fellow women engineers and learn about how we can best support each other in our growth.
Favorite GWE Event: I’m new to GWE so I don’t have one yet, but I’m looking forward to the Speaker Series!

Ana Carneiro – GWE Buddies & Mentorship Co-Chair / Speaker Series Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Degree Program: Chemical Engineering
Why she’s in GWE: I joined GWE to meet other women graduate engineers and to facilitate events that helped all of us grow and learn both professionally and personally. 
Favorite GWE Event: Ice cream social! Even though it was virtual last year, it was so much fun to meet new people and enjoy ice cream on a hot day

Scarlet-Marie Kilpatrick – GWE Buddies & Mentorship Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Degree Program: Environmental Engineering PhD
Why she’s in GWE: I love to meet inspiring women in STEM and be a part of a supportive and motivating community of future women leaders!
Favorite GWE Event: Speaker series – I love to be inspired by the stories of strong women leaders and role models as they progress through their career and academic journeys.

Yuqing Du – Speaker Series Co-Chair

Pronouns: she/her
Degree Program: EECS, PhD in CS
Why she’s in GWE: I joined GWE to meet other incredible graduate students, and I’m excited to be a part of a supportive and welcoming community for women in STEM.  
Favorite GWE Event: Speaker series, I think it’s a great event for learning about each speaker’s background and journey!