Pacific's Society of Women Engineers Wins 1st Place in National Competition
School of Engineering
University of the Pacific SWE Student Section took 1st place in the Boeing Team Tech Competition during the Society of Women Engineers 2008 National Conference, which took place from November 5-8, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pacific SWE section competed against the following SWE Student Sections: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Opispo, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Pacific SWE project, Building a Cost-Effective Augmentative Communication Device, sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy, involved the design of a retrofitting process and accompanying speech-generation software to convert donated laptop computers into Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Pacific SWE came home with the First Place certificate and an award of $5000, which the team hopes to use toward investing in the next Pacific SWE Team Tech project. Cal Poly came in second place for their project sponsored by Stryker Endoscopy, while University of Michigan placed third for their work with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Insitute.
The team recently donated a specially designed device to Stockton's United Cerebral Palsy Office and trained staff on how to program the device. The team is also working with Pacific's Speech & Language Pathology Department to make this cost-effective product available to more individuals in need.
Pacific has over a dozen engineering clubs and organizations. A list of engineering progams and clubs can be found at: http://web.pacific.edu/x24270.xml.
Learn more about the engineering programs at Pacific at: http://engineering.pacific.edu