From left: Rice bioengineering seniors Christie Ballew, author Brenda Venegas, Juliana Wang, Kelvin Boateng and Kevin Peng attend SWE 2019.
By Brenda Venegas
As a senior in bioengineering I had the privilege to attend the 2019 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Conference, an experience that had a strong impact on my professional development.
The conference provided me with extremely valuable information regarding personal development and a chance to attend an opportunity-filled career fair.
One of the most interesting sessions I attended was devoted to “burn-out”, something many of us worry about. Rice is not a “smooth ride” but the prospect of having more responsibilities, especially in my personal life, has made me contemplate my goals. I hope to serve in engineering management and the tips given made this path more feasible.
Speakers promoted prioritization, balance and support, which are especially important to me as I hope to not only be an engineer but also eventually a mother.
I had first-hand access to top employers, including medical device manufacturers, with whom I made valuable connections. I was able to network and interview in one place.
The SWE conference permitted me to try the skills and knowledge I gained from my Rice education and internships. I was able to establish my credibility as a professional to company recruiters and myself.
Brenda Venegas is a Sid Rich senior at Rice University majoring in bioengineering. She is the 2019-2020 co-president of the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER).