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Affinity Team Highlight: Little Organization Affinity Team

Every thirty day period during 2021, we will be highlighting a different SWE affinity group (AG). The site posts will have two sections: (1) a ‘group overview’ that highlights the all round function and ambitions of the AG, and (2) a ‘meet the members’ area that lists all AG users who would like to be highlighted.

SWE Affinity Group targets:

  • Establish a sense of community in the Affinity Teams fostering an inclusive atmosphere exactly where people today focus on ordeals in their engineering career, on the web and offline.
  • Supply qualified advancement chances enabling and sponsoring management ordeals, networking and mentorship.
  • Empower associates by way of highlighting achievements and supporting range in the SWE Management pipeline, Awards, and Scholarships.

SWE Affinity Teams are arranged into DE&I AGs and Business enterprise Pursuits AGs. DE&I AGs are focused on the requires of social minority populations and aid initiatives tailor-made to serve these communities. Business enterprise Curiosity AGs are loosely centered about the members’ business enterprise environment and profession activities.

For July, we’re thrilled to highlight the Tiny Business enterprise Affinity Group!

Get to know the plans of the Modest Enterprise Affinity Team!

What are the over-all plans of the Little Business Affinity Group?

Our mission is to supply aid and networking for SWE members who are little business workers. In addition, we want to be a resource for information and facts and opinions of the compact company standpoint to other SWE committees and groups.

Does the Tiny Business Affinity Group have regular meetings? If so, when and how usually? What will take place all through a standard meeting?

We do not have standard meetings. Our main interaction with associates is as a result of our Facebook team.

How is the Tiny Small business Affinity Group doing the job to arrive at and include new members?

Further than our latest platform on Fb, we would like to develop to other social platforms throughout FY22.

Why is the Little Small business Affinity Group important to its customers?

The camaraderie and understanding from every other is essential to customers.

Where would you direct all those fascinated in signing up for or understanding much more about the Compact Enterprise Affinity Group?

You can uncover us at!

Meet the Tiny Enterprise Affinity Team members!

Anne Rocheleau
Biomedical engineer
Co-Direct Smaller Company AG
SWE member considering the fact that: 2010

Anne Rocheleau functions in analysis & development at medical gadget begin-up Hemex Wellbeing. Her organization is commercializing systems that diagnose malaria and sickle mobile condition from a couple of drops of blood. She grew up in Massachusetts and now life in Portland, Oregon with her spouse and daughter. She has a BS in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Cornell College in Ithaca, New York. Anne grew to become included in SWE when in grad faculty and has held roles at the collegiate, professional, and culture ranges. In her absolutely free time she loves to go through and operate/ hike/ ski/ bicycle/ kayak!


StephanieStephanie DeCotiis,
Deputy Speaker of the Senate

Stephanie DeCotiis, PE, FY21 Deputy Speaker, is a job manager at H2M architects + engineers inside of their H2o Division in which she supervises h2o setting up and design assignments and development engineering solutions.  She earlier served as a Qualified Senator from FY15-16, and as a Specific Senator in FY18.  As Senator, Stephanie participated on the Governance Operating Team to consider the framework and purpose of the Senate in the long run SWE governance structure.  She has labored for equally modest and massive businesses all over her occupation and made use of that information as part of the Strategic Initiatives Committee where by she co-authored a white paper on how SWE can greater aid its small business associates in FY16, and was later chosen as the Strategic Initiatives Committee FY17 Chair-Elect.  In FY17 she was picked to serve on the Governance Task Pressure, and experienced an energetic purpose in the development of the concepts and implementation approach for SWE’s new structure.  She’s ongoing her SWE involvement as a founding member and co-lead of the Modest Company Member Affinity Group as well as a sub-staff guide on the FY20 Curriculum Committee.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking and baking, specifically centered on comprehension the science of why and how components interact.

Brittney ElkoBrittney Elko
Chemical Engineer
SWE Culture Nominating Committee Chair-Elect
SWE member given that: 2005

Brittney graduated in 2008 from Trinity University with a B.S. in Engineering Science (Chemical concentration), she began out as an engineer at Clorox in procedure improvement for cleaning solutions like Pine-Sol but shortly identified her enthusiasm was in Offer Chain. She has considering that transitioned from client merchandise to pharmaceuticals/biotech and is at this time Sr. Director of Source Chain at a smaller pharma firm – Tricida – in the San Francisco Bay Region.  In her absolutely free time she likes to journey, knowledge new foodstuff, does a lot of Do it yourself/house jobs in her property workshop and also volunteers in numerous suicide avoidance businesses.

Melissa A. BranchMelissa A. Department, P.E.
Civil Engineer
Scholarship Chair, Greatland Portion
Lifestyle Member (because Could 2000)

Melissa is the happy proprietor and principal engineer of Large City Engineers, LLC, a boutique civil engineering organization in Anchorage, Alaska furnishing website investigate, arranging help, internet site grading and drainage design, h2o and wastewater style, and allowing aid services. As a small small business proprietor, Melissa’s mission is to challenge the perception that even bigger suggests improved. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a Lifetime Member of SWE.

When it comes to web-site structure, Melissa thrives on the collaborative course of action, functioning with many others to create a placing that enhances the building’s use and connects the web-site to the neighborhood. With the lessons uncovered from around 20 yrs of experience, she enjoys fixing elaborate style issues and leveraging interactions with other design and style industry experts and company associates to support her purchasers know their eyesight and complete their aims.

As a local community advocate, Melissa employs her volunteer time to carry many others up and add to generating a neighborhood that she is proud to get in touch with household. She is passionately involved with the Modern society of Girls Engineers (SWE) – mentoring new leaders, boosting money for scholarships, mentoring the UAA Collegiate Area, and taking part in SWE Greatland’s a lot of outreach activities. Melissa also serves as a Systems Chair for the Alaska Chapter of the Culture for Advertising Professional Providers, the Communications Chair for the UAA University of Engineering Advisory Board, and on the Anchorage CANstruction Steering Committee.

Exterior of the office, Melissa’s most challenging and worthwhile project is motherhood. Her youthful son keeps equally her and her husband on their toes.

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