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2023-2024 Officers

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Executive Team

President

Vice President
of Internal Affairs

Vice President
of External Affairs

Marissa Ovenshire

J Hopper

Emily DeGraaff

Vice President
of Administration

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Howdy! My name is Mikaela Fernando and I am a senior mechanical engineering student from Dallas, Texas. I started my SWE journey during my freshman year as a SWElite, and continued to be involved as I fell in love with the organization and its mission to empower women in engineering. In my free time I love to do yoga, crochet, and read. I am ecstatic to be this year’s VP Admin and can’t wait to see what SWE TAMU can accomplish this year!

Vice President
of Corporate Affairs

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Howdy! I'm Kayla Waswil and I am a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Katy, Texas. My time in SWE began as a sophomore when I volunteered as a counselor for the High School Conference. At this event, I was so inspired by SWE's goals and people that knew I had to get more involved, so I went on become one of the High School Conference Co-Chairs during my junior year. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends, keeping up with my fitness goals, and exploring new places. I am beyond excited to serve as VP Corporate this year and cannot wait to see how we will grow as a chapter!

Vice President
of Finance

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Howdy! My name is Ainsley Shields and I am a junior Biomedical Engineering major from Austin, TX. As a former Professional Development Co-Chair and High School Conference Co-Chair, I feel well prepared to take on the responsibilities of VP Finance. I look forward to working closely with all the officers and general members!

Mikaela Fernando

Kayla Waswil

Ainsley Shields

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Howdy! My name is Marissa Ovenshire, and I am a computer engineering major in the class of 2024 from Dallas, TX. I have served SWE as Freshman Representative, Socials Co-Chair, and Vice President of Administration. I am ecstatic to be continuing my involvement as the SWE-TAMU President this year! SWE has been incredibly important and formative for me and I hope to continue to foster that environment for others. I am very passionate about this organization and the wonderful people I have met through it. Outside of SWE I work as a princess to bring a little magic to children’s birthday parties and community events. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I might be able to help with!

Howdy! My name is J Hopper and I am a Senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Houston, TX. I started in SWE my freshman year as a member of the SWElites Professional Development committee, and became SWElites Socials Co-Counselor the following year. I then served as the SWElites Co-Chair my Junior year. I cannot wait to continue my time with SWE as the VP of Internal Affairs! I am also apart of the Zachry Leadership Program in Cohort G. I enjoy drawing, hanging out with friends, and playing piano during my free time. Here's to a great year of SWE!

Howdy! My name is Emily DeGraaff, and I am a junior mechanical engineering major from Temple, Texas. I started my involvement in SWE my freshman year through the High School Conference Committee and the Outreach program. Last year, I served as a High School Conference Co-Chair and joined even more SWE committees. This year, I am ecstatic to have been elected for Vice President of External Affairs. In my free time, I love sketching, performing in band, and playing various games. I look forward to getting to know each of our officers and members throughout this year; please don't hesitate to come say hi and hang out with me!

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Executive Office Hours

Location: ZACH 450A

PresidentMarissa Ovenshire

Tuesdays at 3 PM - 5 PM

VP Internal: J Hopper 

Mon & Wed at 9 AM - 10 AM

VP External: Emily DeGraaff

Mon at 2 PM - 4 PM

VP AdminMikaela Fernando

Tuesdays at 1 PM - 2 PM

VP CorporateKayla Waswil

Fridays at 10:30 AM - 12:30PM

VP FinanceAinsley Shields

Thursdays at 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

                                   

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Officer Team

Membership

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Howdy! My name is Divya Shukla, and I am a sophomore Chemical Engineering major from Houston, TX. I joined SWE my freshman year as part of the SWElites Service Committee and am extremely excited to serve as this year's Workshop Lead in the ExCEL committee and a Big in the Big/Little Program. Outside of SWE, I club-swim, walk in the rain, and volunteer with the campus emergency care team. I am excited to serve as this year's membership chair and look forward to continuing my SWE journey.

Divya Shukla

Public Relations

Howdy! My name is Amara Nzedibe. I am a senior electrical engineering major from Nigeria. I first got involved in SWE in 2021, then I went on to join the PR committee a year later. I am excited to serve as the PR chair this year. In my free time, I love to listen to podcasts, watch movies and take pictures. I am looking forward to what this year will bring.

Amara Nzedibe

F.L.A.M.E.

Howdy! My name is Alissa Ordway and I am a computer engineering major from Dripping Springs, TX. I have been in SWE for 6 years now and it has taught me so much. I have taken part in FLAME, Big/Little, ExCEL, and multiple officer position’s with in SWE.

SWElites

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Howdy! My name is Ruthie Sloan and I’m one of SWE’s SWElites co-chairs for the upcoming school year. I’m an electrical engineering major, class of 2025, and love all things SWE! I have been involved in SWElites since my freshman year as a SWElite as well as a SWElites Service counselor my sophomore year. I have also been involved in SWE’s STEMfest, PR, and Socials Committee. Outside of SWE, I’m involved in AFC, a religious organization run by my church. I also love to travel with my family in our RV and experiment with makeup and fashion. I look forward to see what we accomplish in the 2023-2024 school year!

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Howdy! My name is Anu Shruthi Anand and I'm a junior Biomedical Engineering major from Coppell, TX. I became involved with SWE-TAMU during my freshman year in the SWElites Funds Committee. I then became the Funds Counselor for SWElites 2026 and am now beyond grateful that I get to serve as SWElites Co-Chair! I can't wait to lead the incoming class of SWElites and continue my journey through SWE! In my free time, I enjoy playing violin, listening to Asian pop, drinking boba, and participating in Aggie traditions.

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Ruthie Sloan

Anu Shruthi Anand

Socials

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My name is Saskia Straub, and I am a junior materials science and engineering major originally from California. My pastimes include reading, baking, playing Pokémon, and being active. I became a general member of SWE this past semester and am thrilled to get more involved as a socials co-chair! SWE inspires me to advocate for and find support with other women in engineering. That being said, I can't wait to get to know you all.

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Howdy! My name is Kenedee Kordick, and I’m a junior Mechanical Engineering Major from Allen, TX. My time with SWE began my sophomore year when I joined the High School Conference and PR committees. I enjoyed the experience so much and knew I wanted to be more involved. This year I will be serving as a social co-chair, and I couldn’t be more excited! In my free time, when not spending time with friends and family, I love reading, crafting, and watching romcoms or history documentaries.

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Kenedee Kordick

STEMfest

Howdy! My name is Pavithra Gopalakrishnan and I am a sophomore Computer Science major from Fort Worth, TX. I first got involved with SWE my freshman year, where I was on the logistics team for STEMfest. I am thrilled to continue working with SWE as the STEMfest chair this year and get to meet other amazing SWEsters! You can catch me taking pics with my digital cam, eating taco bell, and blasting Doja Cat.

Pavithra Gopalakrishnan

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My name is Caiti McInerny, and I'm a freshman Engineering major. In my free time, I like to read, scrapbook, and hang out with friends. I'm excited to be serving as one of the STEMfest co-chairs this year!

Caiti McInerny

High School Conference 

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Howdy! My name is Annie Bone and I am a junior civil engineering student from Oklahoma. I joined SWE at the start of my freshman year and was a member of the SWE Outreach committee. Being a part of Outreach was a highlight of my year, so I applied for an open officer position for my sophomore year and was an Outreach Co-Chair. This year I am excited to be serving as a High School Conference Co-Chair. Outside of school, I enjoy drawing, reading, and petting my dog. I am super excited to see what we can accomplish this year and can’t wait to get started!

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Howdy! My name is Kathlyn Pfister and I am a junior Chemical Engineering major from Flower Mound, TX. I first got involved with SWE my freshman year, where I was on the design team for STEMfest. Then my sophomore year I was the STEMfest Chair. This year I will be serving as a HSC Co-Chair, and I am thrilled! In my free time I enjoy reading, crocheting, watching romcoms, and hanging out with friends. I am so excited excited to see what this year will bring!

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Howdy! My name is Elise Nguyen and I'm a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from Dallas, TX. My SWE journey includes attending the 2021 High School Conference as a high school junior, attending the 2022 High School Conference as a senior, and volunteering at the 2023 High School Conference as a freshman. Now I'm excited to serve SWE as a High School Conference Co-Chair alongside the women who encouraged, inspired, and taught me to be a confident woman in engineering! Outside of SWE, I love exercising my creative juices by rhythmic tap dancing, choreographing, and learning to play drum kit!

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Kathlyn Pfister

Elise Nguyen

Outreach

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Howdy! My name is Samantha Jones and I am a sophomore General Engineering major from Brownsville, TX. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, listening to music, playing the violin, and reading. I joined SWE during my freshman year as a SWElite on the Service Committee. I was also a part of the Communications Committee for STEMfest, an HSC volunteer, a Big/Little member, and a FLAME member. This year, I will be serving as one of the Outreach Co-Chairs, and I could not be more grateful and excited! I cannot wait to get started and have a productive, impactful year.

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Professional Development

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Howdy! My name is Gimena Ceja and I am a general engineering major from Jewett, TX. I started my SWE career as a member of the freshmen Professional Development group, SWElites. As a sophomore I decided to come back as a SWElites Co-Chair and now am going for a third year as a Professional Development co-chair for SWE. I have really enjoyed my time here and the friendships I have gotten to make through the organization. I really enjoy watching movies and listening to music in my free time, and although not a coffee addict, you can sometimes find me with a Starbucks refresher in hand so feel free to come up and say hi!

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Howdy! My name is Mia Horton and I am a Sophomore in Industrial and Systems engineering from Houston, TX. My journey with SWE started with SWElites freshman year, I was in the Professional Development Committee. In my free time, my hobbies include reading, thrifting, baking, cooking, and watching tv shows/movies. I’m excited to serve as the Professional Development Co-Chair and help SWE’s professional growth and development this semester!

Peer Mentorship

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I’m Brianna Bach, the 2023-2024 Peer Mentorship co-chair. I am excited for this opportunity to have a larger role in SWE and help members grow professionally and personally. In my free time, you can find me playing tennis, writing calligraphy, reading, baking, and playing DND.

SWE Representatives

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Howdy! My name is Alexandria Horner and I am a sophomore general engineering major from Fort Worth, Texas. I joined SWE during my freshman year as a SWElite on the service committee, organizing service events to help people on campus and in the local community. In my free time, I enjoy playing the violin, reading, crocheting, and spending time with friends. I am very excited to be one of the SWE Representatives this year and continue my involvement in this incredible organization!

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Howdy! My name is Harshitha Marepally and I am a sophomore Computer Engineering major from Nashville, Tennessee. Last year, I had the opportunity to be involved with SWE as Freshmen Representative Co-chair, and this year I am so excited to serve as SWE Rep Co-chair! In my free time, I enjoy painting, reading, watching kdramas, and listening to music. I'm looking forward to many more memories and experiences with SWE this year!

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Harshitha Marepally

Freshmen Representatives

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Howdy! My name is Ipshita Singh and I’m an aspiring Mechanical Engineering major from Dallas, TX.  In my free time, my hobbies include reading, thrifting, watching TV shows/movies, and hanging out with friends & family. I joined SWE because I love the safe and empowering space SWE creates for fellow women in engineering and I look forward to seeing what we accomplish this year!

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Howdy! My name is Catherine Castaneda, and I am a General Engineering major from Killeen, TX. I am starting my SWE journey as a freshman and am so excited to work with the officers as well as get to know SWE members! As I have much prior experience in leadership roles as well as want to empower women in engineering, I am confident I can do a great job this year as one of the Freshman Representatives. I look forward to doing my best and continuing to add as much as I can to SWE!

Ipshita Singh

Catherine Castaneda

GradSWE

GradSWE Chair

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Chair Elect

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Socials/PR Coordinator

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Mentorship Co-Coordinator

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Membership Coordinator

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Professional Development Co-Coordinator

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