For me, the recent SAWE conferences have given me renewed drive to go back to work and continue to earn my paycheck, but with increased personal investment in my career, my company, and my SAWE Family. Getting to listen to very interesting technical presentations, network with a like-minded group, engage our Exhibitors, and see growth of our profession first hand is an opportunity worth the personal investment of time and finances. You might be surprised by the response of your management when you build a solid business case for why they should invest in their future by promoting your participation in the SAWE. Resources for this exist on our website. Use The Welcome to the SAWE pitch as a baseline, https://www.sawe.org/system/files/Welcome_to_SAWE_Company_0.pdf. Use the 2018 SAWE Industry Survey results at https://www.sawe.org/blog/2018/08/12/sawe-survey-results/. Review tips for justification of attending a conference at https://www.sawe.org/conferences/conferencetips. INSPIRE the future by digesting Rod Van Dyk’s article in the 2018 Fall Journal, https://www.sawe.org/members/journal/fall_2018.
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The Awards Committee invites all SAWE members to submit worthy candidates for awards at the 2019 Annual SAWE International Conference. It is not too early to begin gathering supporting evidence for the candidates’ causes. We encourage members to collaborate with colleagues to gather this information. The focal point will be Chapter Directors, but any member can submit a candidate for consideration. The deadline for submitting candidate information is March 1st.
The criteria for awards in the following categories will be detailed in future blog posts: Ed Payne (Best Young Engineer), Fellow, Honorary Fellow, and Richard Boynton Lifetime Achievement. Keep an eye out for these posts and begin thinking of members of SAWE to nominate. In the meantime, please refer to the SAWE Website at https://www.sawe.org/news
to obtain nomination forms.
The current Awards Committee consists of SAWE Honorary Fellows Pat Brown, Dudley Cate, Miguel Mascary, and Robert Zimmerman, with Bill Griffiths as Chairman.
The SAWE has created and released a template for use in all SAWE presentations. There are three main reasons the SAWE has done this. First, much effort has been put into making a template that is easy to read by audiences and easy to create for presenters. Secondly, by using a standardized template, our conferences, meetings, and outside presentations will sport a familiar look that is consistent across multiple presentations. And Thirdly, the new format reflects the modern professional style that the SAWE wishes to project to our members and public.
The template, which incorporates instructions on how to use the template, along with best practices for PowerPoint charts can be found on the SAWE website at: https://www.sawe.org/conferences/callforpapers/presentation/template
The SAWE recognizes that some organizations require their employees to include mandatory company content on projected slides. The SAWE will honor those requirements, although we expect presenters to follow the guidelines within the template and best practices. These guidelines and best practices are there to ensure that slides are readable, particularly in non-ideal lighting and from both near and far from the projection screens.
We believe that this new template will enhance the SAWE and its members by ensuring we are viewed as professionals.
SAWE Vice President – Technical Director