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

Look for "SWElites Application" on our Linktree to apply.

Applications open on August 23rd and are due September 20th at 11:59 pm

Contact swelites@swetamu .org for questions/concerns

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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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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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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.



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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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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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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J Hopper


Howdy! My name is J Hopper and I am a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from Houston, TX. I first joined SWE as a SWElite in the Professional Development Committee. I am beyond excited to return as a Socials Co-Counselor so we can make this year amazing together! I love to draw, longboard, and play video games with friends. Freshman year might throw you a few curveballs, but I’ll be sure to help as much as I can so don’t hesitate to reach out! Can’t wait to meet y’all!

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Nikki Rad


Howdy! My name is Nikki Rad and I am a sophomore computer science major from Houston, TX. I joined SWE my freshman year as part of the SWElites socials committee and I’m glad to be back as a socials co-counselor this year! I’m super excited to see the new freshman class flourish and discover their passions as future engineers. When I’m not coding or studying, I love to travel, sing, game, and watch movies! If you ever need a movie recommendation or just feel a little overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out! Can’t wait to meet y’all! <33

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Athena Butler-Christodoulou


Howdy! My name is Athena Butler-Christodoulou and I am a sophomore Materials Science & Engineering major from Arlington, VA. Last year, I was a member of the SWElitesProfessional Development Committee and was grateful for the opportunities it provided me. I am excited to be a PD co-counselor and pass on the valuable skills that helped me through freshman year. Outside of class, I love riding my bike, baking, gardening, and reading. I also have a passion for learning foreign languages— I’m fluent in Greek and French. I look forward to working with the new group of SWElites this year!

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Skye Slaughter


Howdy! My name is Skye Slaughter and I am a sophomore aerospace engineering major from Austin, Tx. My freshman year I was a member of the SWElites PD committee as well as a volunteer for the High School Conference. Being involved in SWElites helped me to expand my horizons on campus and in a professional environment, and I look forward to helping the freshman class of ‘25 accomplish the same growth. When I am not busy with class or hanging with SWE I can be found baking cookies or reading the latest space news. I have made it my personal mission to try every Honey Latte in College Station and I am always looking for new coffee shops to study in!

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Katelyn Lancaster


Howdy! My name is Katelyn Lancaster and I am a sophomore Aerospace Engineering major from Keller, TX. I was a member of the SWElites Service Committee last year and I excited to be a Service Co-Chair this year! SWElites helped me form some of my closest friendships and fondest memories from freshman year and I hope it does the same for you. Outside of school, I enjoy getting outside to explore, playing video games, and watching anime or cartoons. Feel free to reach out to me anytime! I'm always available to listen to rants, give advice, or just hang out. I can't wait to meet you all!

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Deepanjali Chowdhury


Howdy! My name is Deepanjali Chowdhury and I'm a sophomore electrical engineering major from Sugar Land, TX. I'm so excited to serve as one of the Education committee co-counselors! I was a part of the SWElites Education Committee, SWE High School Conference, and Big/Little Program. SWElites has given me so many professional opportunities, memories, friendships, and experiences that I couldn't have gotten elsewhere. In addition to SWElites, I'm also involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World and am a Posse Scholar! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, painting, watching/talking about anything Marvel, and baking! Please feel free to reach out to me, and I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey with SWE! 


Megan Pol


Howdy! My name is Megan Pol and I am a junior industrial systems engineering major from Atlanta, GA. I have been involved in SWE since freshman year and had the opportunity to be in SWElites on the STEMfest committee. SWElites provided me with many opportunities to learn professional skills and allowed me to meet other like-minded, hard-working female engineers who I have formed friendships with. I am very excited to be serving as one of the Education committee co-counselors again this year. You can find me at Zachry and going on spontaneous late night food runs. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, reading, traveling and hanging out with friends. Feel free to reach out anytime, SWE was an important part of my college experience and I hope to make it yours as well. I look forward to meeting y'all and helping in your journey with SWE!!! 

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Mikaela Fernando


Howdy! My name is Mikaela Fernando and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Dallas, Texas! Last year, I was a part of SWElites, SWEOutreach, the SWE TREC team, and this year I’ve been given the opportunity to serve as the Fundraising counselor for SWElites! SWE was one of the highlights of my freshman year and I am so excited to continue being a part of SWElites and look forward to seeing what the Fundraising committee will bring this year. In my free time, I love working out, doing yoga, watching anime, listening to music, and playing video games.  

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Brooke Tanner


Howdy everyone! My name is Brooke Tanner and I am a sophomore chemical engineering major from Lake Jackson, Texas. Last year I was apart of the SWELites Service Committee and this year I am so excited to return as the Service Committee Co-Counselor. I can’t wait to get to know y’all and I’m always free to meet up for coffee! When I’m not drinking coffee or studying, you can find me watching anything Marvel related or working out. Freshman year is definitely a change from high school but by surrounding yourself with people like the counselors and co-chairs to support you, you can do it.