“SWE has been my favorite part of Mines by a landslide. This organization has given me countless friends, connections within Mines and Industry, and amazing leadership experience alongside many other strong inspirational women. I love this organization because it provides a plethora of support, professional development, and social opportunities to help its members grow and learn together. Personally my involvement in SWE has helped me develop as a student, engineer, and leader. I am very thankful for what SWE has given me, and am excited to continue giving back to the organization as president.”
Mechanical engineering 2021
About our President:
Taryn began her SWE career at Mines her freshman year, being recognized as the volunteer of the year in the organization for over 50 hours of service. Her participation in outreach programs and with the club as a whole led her to run for the role of Girls Lead the Way Director her sophomore year. As Girls Lead the Way Director, Taryn put on an event for over 250 high school girls interested in STEM with the theme “Boldly Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before”. Inspired by this experience, she went on to become the club’s Vice President of Outreach her junior year. In this role she led Mines to a first place victory in the Schlumberger Service 2 Succeed Challenge, coordinating the club’s involvement in over 35 events, with 253 volunteers and 90 hours of service. Also in this position, Taryn piloted the program “Girls on the Rise”, a new Mines event for middle school girls interested in STEM. In its first year, this program had 100 participants, and was a great success. Taryn has also been an active member of the national organization, attending WElocal 2019 and 2020, as well as SWE Nationals 2019.
While SWE is Taryn’s biggest passion, she also finds other ways to help promote women on campus. Taryn has helped establish a student branch of a national organization on campus through her officer role in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for women and minorities interested in aerospace called Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics (WOAA).
This summer Taryn will be continuing her internship with Sierra Nevada Corporation as a mechanical engineering intern on the Dream Chaser Space Plane. She has had the opportunity to work on this project since summer 2019, and enjoys all she is gaining from the experience.
As the 2019-2020 SWE president, Taryn is excited to work with all of our SWE members to improve our organization, campus, and community. She looks forward to seeing everyone in the fall and hopes you all have a wonderful summer!