Student Engineering Groups Awarded Top Honors

The Cal Poly Pomona student chapters of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently brought recognition to the university after receiving national and international awards.

IIE received the Gold Award at the 2002 Chapter Recognition Competition. The award is given to a chapter recognized for a variety of high-quality professional and social activities throughout the year. This is the first time the university?s IIE chapter has received this international honor in its 30-some year history.

Cal Poly Pomona?s IIE, advised by Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering professor Kamran Abedini, is now preparing to host the 2003 annual regional student conference attended by students from several universities in the south western region of the United States.

IIE, an international organization that was founded in 1948, promotes the industrial engineering field by publishing magazines and books, holding conferences and encouraging students to network and develop leadership skills.

Cal Poly Pomona?s Society of Women Engineers was awarded Most Outstanding Diversity Program for the Region for the 2001-2002 academic year at the SWE Nationals in Detroit, Mich., in October.

Student Jennifer Cheung, one of 23 members who attended the conference, won an IBM laptop computer for submitting her resume to Dow Chemical.

SWE encourages women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life and demonstrates the value of diversity.