Students Named Outstanding Collegiate Members at National Engineering Conference

Meinig School students Haley Antoine and Carolyn Chlebek were recently recognized at WE19, the world’s largest conference for women in engineering, in Anaheim, CA in November 2019. Antoine and Chlebek both received Outstanding Collegiate Member Awards for their achievements in biomedical engineering. Of the 10 individuals receiving the award in 2019, Antoine and Chlebek were the only recipients hailing from the same university. Both women are members of the lab of Meinig School director Marjolein van der Meulen.

Antoine, an undergraduate senior, was honored for her work in strong leadership on and off campus, and for outstanding contributions to SWENext and toward reaching the next generation of engineers. Chlebek, a Ph.D. student, was recognized for strengthening relationships with STEM diversity organizations on campus, and for raising the visibility of SWE in the global graduate student community.

With over 14,000 individuals attending the 2019 event, WE19 is the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology and one of the largest and most prestigious conferences for women in engineering and technology. The Outstanding Collegiate Member Award is bestowed upon SWE collegiate members with at least two years of SWE membership who have made an outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community, and their campus.

“It was a great honor,” said Chlebek, “to receive the Outstanding Collegiate Member award in recognition for both my undergraduate efforts as well as my continued involvement during graduate school at the Society-level as the graduate member coordinator, leading GradSWE, a part of SWE dedicated to increasing resources for graduate students. I look forward to continuing to support minorities within engineering and STEM.”

“I think more than anything,” added Antoine, “the award is a representation of Cornell SWE and how it is able to cultivate a space for female engineering students to thrive all four years starting even before freshman year during admitted students days. I am just one example of one of those women and have been fortunate enough to have been involved in an organization that touched hundreds of people in the Cornell and Ithaca communities.”

“It’s wonderful have SWE recognize two of our excellent contributors," said Marjolein van der Meulen, James M. and Marsha McCormick Director and Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering. "I have been very fortunate to have Haley and Carolyn working in my laboratory. In addition to their research contributions they both have an amazing commitment to helping others, especially women in STEM. Haley just graduated and will do great things at Toyota. Carolyn’s research is going well, and she hopefully will become a future faculty member.”

Andrea Ippolito, B.S. ’06, M.Eng. ‘07, Lecturer in the Engineering Management Program at Cornell University and Counselor to Cornell’s SWE section, added: “We could not be prouder of Haley and Carolyn’s incredible accomplishments. They embody Cornell’s leadership in supporting STEM women, as demonstrated by last year’s historic shift in Cornell reaching gender parity at the undergraduate engineering level. We need to continue to celebrate and point to role models like Haley and Carolyn, who propel more women into engineering to make impacts in society and tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges in healthcare, climate change, and infrastructure.”

About SWE:
The Society of Women Engineerers (SWE) is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The organization is centered around a passion for members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties. There are 40,000 SWE Members around the globe.

About Cornell SWE:
The Cornell Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers was charted on November 9, 1972, and has grown to be one of the largest student organizations on campus, with over 250 members. Membership for SWE is open to all (male and female) undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and technical fields. Each year, we run numerous programs and events to promote engineering, diversity, career and professional development, academic support, and pre-college education. These include many outreach programs in and around the Ithaca community, various social programs, dinners, luncheons, and over 100 company information sessions.

More info:
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