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SWElites

About SWElites?

SWElites is a Freshman Leadership Program within the Society of Women Engineers at Texas A&M University. We focus on developing leaders, giving back to our community, and encouraging STEM education through excellence, sisterhood, and integrity.

 

This exciting program is in its sixth year, and we are looking for driven and enthusiastic applicants who are ready to step into real leadership roles to kick start their collegiate career at Texas A&M. If you are looking for an outlet where you can make an impact on the community around you as well as improve both leadership and professional skills, this is definitely the place for you.

SWElites Application

Applications open at the beginning of every Fall semester. 

Contact swelites@swetamu .org for questions/concerns

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Committees 

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Professional Development

The Professional Development committee encourages the development of essential professional and networking skills needed in industry through a major career fair, company tours, resume building activities, and LinkedIn workshops.

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Fundraising

The Fundraising committee coordinates fundraising events, encourages fiscal responsibility and fosters the development of essential business skills that enable members to be comfortable in a sales environment.

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Service

The Service committee encourages active community involvement and compassionate leadership through several service and volunteer events such as Big Event, STEM 5K, and the Physics and Engineering festival.

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Socials

The Socials committee focuses on public relations, marketing SWElites through social media, encouraging relationship development by planning various social events, and recording events through photography. 

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Education

The Education committee fosters the development of essential engineering skills needed in industry through hands-on workshops and informs members of opportunities such as internships, workshops, research opportunities, hackathons, and scholarships, especially those geared towards freshmen.

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Officers

Mikaela Fernando

Howdy! My name is Mikaela Fernando and I am a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Dallas, TX. I've been a part of SWE since my freshman year when I joined SWElites. The following year I became the Funds Counselor and now I am happy to say that I am this year's SWElites Co-Chair! I am beyond excited to continue being a part of SWElites as it is one of my absolute favorite programs that SWE has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, reading, and watching re-runs of old sitcoms. I look forward to continuing my involvement in this amazing and empowering organization and I can't wait to meet everyone!

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J Hopper

Howdy! My name is J Hopper and I am a Junior 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 am thrilled to continue my time with SWE as the SWElites Co-Chair this year! I enjoy drawing, hanging out with friends, and playing piano during my free time. I am beyond excited to get to know you all this coming year!

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Counselors

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Mandalyn Castleberry

Socials

Howdy! My name is Mandalyn Castleberry, and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Austin, Texas. My SWE journey started in freshman year when I joined the SWElites Socials Committee. I'm so excited to be returning to SWElites as the Socials Committee Counselor and to continue my involvement with SWE! I enjoy traveling, listening to music, working out, and spending time with the people I love. SWE has been an important part of my college experience, and I can't wait to share it with the new group of SWElites this year!

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Ioana Sandu

PD

Howdy! My name is Ioana Sandu and I am a sophomore general engineering major from Houston, Texas. I started my SWE journey as a freshman in SWElites by serving on the Professional Development Committee and actively participating within SWE and SWElites. I now serve as the Professional Development Co-Counselor and I am so excited to see where my SWE journey takes me! During my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, listening to music, and having a good time with friends and family.

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Gimena Ceja

PD

Howdy! My name is Gimena Ceja and I am from a small town called Jewet, TX. I am currently a sophomore general engineering major and will be ETAMing this fall. As a freshmen I was a part of the SWElites Professional Development Committee and now am proud to serve as a PD Co-Chair. During my free time I love to find new things to watch and I also enjoy listening to music. In addition, I also enjoy spending time with friends when I can. Thanks and Gig'Em!

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Anu Shruthi Anand

Funds

Howdy! My name is Anu Anand and I'm a sophomore General Engineering major from Coppell, TX! I started my journey in SWE-TAMU last year as a member of the Funds Committee in SWElites 2025 and now I'm excited to be the Funds Counselor for SWElites 2026! During my free time I play violin, cuddle animals, listen to kpop, and watch dramas :D

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Vinitha Karnati

Education

Howdy! My name is Vinitha Karnati and I am a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major from Dallas, TX. I started getting involved in SWE at the beginning of my freshman year as a part of the SWElites Service Committee, and I am excited to be a Education Co-Chair this year! During my free time, I love to watch movies, listen to music, and go on hikes. I can't wait to see the new freshman class flourish and discover their passions at A&M. Freshman year can be a big adjustment and feel a little overwhelming, so don’t hesitate to reach out! Can’t wait to meet y’all!

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Preethika Somarapu

Education

Howdy! My name is Preethika Somarapu and I am a sophomore Industrial and System Engineering major from Frisco, Texas. I became involved with SWE my freshman year through the SWElites Socials Committee. I currently serve as the co-counselor for SWElites' education committee and am so excited for this year! In my free time, I love listening to music, watching movies, and traveling to new places. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

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Stefany Guzman

Service

Howdy! My name is Stefany Guzman and I am a Civil Engineering major from Houston, TX. I have been involved in SWE since freshman year as a part of the Outreach Committee, where I had the opportunity to inspire younger generations to pursue engineering. Outside of school, I love weight training, hanging out with family, and going on late night drives. This year, I have the privilege to serve as the Service Committee Co-Counselor and am super excited to see what you guys will accomplish being a SWElite. I look forward to meeting all of you!

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Ruthie Sloan

Service

Howdy y'all! My name is Ruthie Sloan and I am a sophomore General Engineering major from Needville, Texas. Last year, I was part of the SWElites service committee, STEMfest Design committee, and the SWE PR committee. This year, I am so eager to serve as one of the SWElites service co-counselors as well as participate in other SWE endeavors. I hope I can be of help to the upcoming class and be able to positively contribute to SWE in general. Outside of SWE, I am involved in AFC, or Aggies For Christ, and hobbies such as experimenting with makeup and fashion, baking, reading, hanging out with friends, and traveling with my family in our R.V.