Last updated 18th November, 2012
2014 Sonora Region Conference and Career Fair!
Hosted by SWE-San Diego and SWE-Orange County
San Diego, California
Soarin’ Over San Diego!
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, 1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA
Feb. 28th– March 2nd, 2014
The Society of Women Engineers Sonora Region is excited to announce the 2014 Regional Conference in San Diego. Located on Mission Bay in beautiful San Diego, SWE will gather for a weekend filled with networking, workshops, and technical and non-technical tours.
Along with the workshops and tours, a career fair will be held on Saturday. Other opportunities during the weekend include a networking social, regional meetings, two keynote speakers, and a collegiate transition reception.
About the conference: This conference is attended by over 500 professionals and college students in engineering. The goal of the conference is to promote development and awareness of other opportunities in the engineering community. The conference promises exciting and educational speakers, informative workshops, technical and local area tours, socials, career opportunities and more!
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
As a manager for Caterpillar Inc., Stacey DelVecchio leads an engineering pipeline transformation project to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet enterprise needs. She is also responsible for the engagement strategy with professional external organizations, as well as the science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) strategy.
In her more than 23 years with Caterpillar, DelVecchio has worked in process and product development for nonmetallic components, production support for paint and process fluids, and the build and start-up for a green-field facility in China. A certified Six Sigma Black Belt, she earned that classification by working on projects that included lean manufacturing, failure analysis, and employee engagement. Previously, DelVecchio was the hose and coupling engineering manager, as well as the new product introduction manager for Cat Fuel Systems. Most recently, she managed the project management office for Caterpillar engines with responsibility for the project management of all new product introduction programs, continuous improvement projects, and cost reduction project in the division.
A SWE life member of the Central Illinois Section, DelVecchio holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Her previous SWE experience includes the Corporate Partnership Council, strategic planning committee, conference programming board, awards committee, and Society treasurer. She is excited to be serving as the current president of the Society.
Awards Dinner: Anne Shen Smith – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern California Gas Company
Anne Shen Smith is chairman and chief executive officer of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy California regulated utility. SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, delivering outstanding service to over 20 million consumers in more than 500 communities through a dedicated team of over 8000 employees. Previously, Smith served as the chief operating officer, Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Vice President of Environment and Safety for SoCalGas. She started her career with SoCalGas in 1977 and held leadership positions in marketing, public affairs, strategic planning, regulatory affairs, and operations.
Smith immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1964. She received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley.
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