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A Mighty Girl
09/23/2017

A Mighty Girl

Today in Mighty Girl history, Emily Warren Roebling, the "woman who saved the Brooklyn Bridge," was born in 1843. Early in its construction, Roebling's husband, the chief engineer in charge of the bridge’s construction, became bedridden due to decompression sickness. Emily Roebling stepped in to become the first female field engineer and supervised the bridge's construction for over ten years until its completion in 1883.

Roebling’s father-in-law, John Roebling, was the designer of the bridge but he died of tetanus early in its construction. His son, Washington Roebling, took over its construction; however, his frequent entry and exit of the pressurized caissons -- the watertight structures used to remove water for building the bridge piers -- led to a case of “caisson’s disease” or decompression sickness, a little-understood condition at the time that frequently led to crippling injury and even death. The illness left Roebling's husband paralyzed, deaf and mute.

As the New York Times reported at the time, “Mrs. Roebling applied herself to the study of engineering, and she succeeded so well that in a short time she was able to assume the duties of chief engineer." For over a decade, she dealt with contractors, supervised staff, inspected construction, and handled politicians and reporters -- and, by the time the bridge was completed, she had become the public face of one of the most significant construction projects of the era.

Prior to the bridge's public opening, Roebling became the first person to drive a carriage across the span, bringing along a live rooster for good luck. At its opening ceremony, U.S. Congressman Abram Stevens Hewitt called the Brooklyn Bridge “...an everlasting monument to the sacrificing devotion of a woman and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.”

After the bridge was finished, Emily Roebling traveled widely and took the opportunity to pursue further education, receiving a law degree from New York University. She died in 1903. While few remember her name today, a plaque still stands on the bridge, dedicating it to the memory of her father-in-law, her husband -- and Emily Roebling herself.

Emily Warren Roebling is one of the women featured in “Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Engineers, Architects, and Landscape Designers” for ages 12 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/women-of-steel-and-stone

For older readers, Emily Warren Roebling's story is also told in David McCullough's "The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge" at http://amzn.to/1wL1A82

For fun ways to inspire the builders of tomorrow, we've showcased our favorite girl-empowering building toys in our blog post: “Building Her Dreams: Top 60 Building and Engineering Toys for Mighty Girls," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10430

And, for two inspiring picture books starring Mighty Girls who love to build and invent -- both for ages 4 to 8 - check out “The Most Magnificent Thing” (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-most-magnificent-thing) and “Rosie Revere, Engineer” (https://www.amightygirl.com/rosie-revere-engineer)

UAA College of Engineering
10/31/2016

UAA College of Engineering

DON'T MISS OUT! RSVP NOW for the 2016 Women in Engineering Night on November 4th!

10/06/2016
IEEE USA SPAx

Great event happening on campus!!

Want to be part of the first ever Facebook Live SPAx?

Mark your calendars for next Saturday, October 15th at 5:30pm ET for our 2 hour live streaming SPAx right here on our page hosted by IEEE UAA Student Branch!

This is just one of the many ways your student branch can execute your own SPAx with a remote, audience, speakers, or a mix of virtual and in person activities!

08/27/2016

Come down to the kick off party today at UAA! We have a booth. Come visit the booth for more information about up coming events, our meetings, and general membership questions! Hope to see you there.

Check out our polo shirts.  We are selling them today and taking orders for when we run out.
04/06/2016

Check out our polo shirts. We are selling them today and taking orders for when we run out.

A long time ago in an Engineering Building far far away...
02/21/2016

A long time ago in an Engineering Building far far away...

How many engineers does it take to build a Death Star putt-putt?
02/07/2016

How many engineers does it take to build a Death Star putt-putt?

Don't forget tonight's 2nd Annual UAA Engineers Night Meet & Greet.  Starts at 6:00 pm in the 2nd Floor of EIB.  Hope to...
02/06/2016

Don't forget tonight's 2nd Annual UAA Engineers Night Meet & Greet. Starts at 6:00 pm in the 2nd Floor of EIB. Hope to see you there.

SWE Members! The semester is almost over. A few of us are getting together this evening to catch a movie. If you're all ...
12/11/2015
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Theatrical Trailer

SWE Members! The semester is almost over. A few of us are getting together this evening to catch a movie. If you're all finished with finals, or will be by tonight you should come join us!

Name: Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
When: Today (Friday) 5:30pm
Place: Alaska Experience Theater (333 W 4th Ave Unit 207)
Link to movie trailer: https://vimeo.com/123004482

Message our FB page if you can offer rides or need one yourself.

This is "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Theatrical Trailer" by Finish Line Features, LLC on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who…

Because at SWE meetings.... that's just how we roll.
11/10/2015

Because at SWE meetings.... that's just how we roll.

A fun evening was had by all for our annual Women in Engineering Night! Thanks to all of the sponsors, planners, the pro...
11/07/2015

A fun evening was had by all for our annual Women in Engineering Night! Thanks to all of the sponsors, planners, the professionals, and the student attendees.

UAA Society of Women Engineers's cover photo
11/03/2015

UAA Society of Women Engineers's cover photo

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11/03/2015

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UAA Society of Women Engineers
11/03/2015

UAA Society of Women Engineers

Haunted Halloween Fun Night. Thank you everyone for keeping our booth staffed. Fun was had by all!
10/25/2015

Haunted Halloween Fun Night. Thank you everyone for keeping our booth staffed. Fun was had by all!

Doc Brown and a cowgirl keeping SWE's booth at UAA's Haunted Halloween Fun Night.
10/24/2015

Doc Brown and a cowgirl keeping SWE's booth at UAA's Haunted Halloween Fun Night.

10/12/2015

Meeting #3 today. So many exciting things going on, and Kelinda's bringing the munchies today. Hope to see you there!
4pm @ EIB 202

09/11/2015

Meeting #1 has been scheduled! Join us to plan out an exciting semester on Monday, September 14 from 4pm-5pm in EIB 202. There will be 3 Moose's Tooth pizzas, so we'll need your help to eat them all!

SWE Members!The semester is now underway, and we're getting underway too! Give us your feedback. When should we hold our...
09/01/2015
Meeting times - Doodle: easy scheduling

SWE Members!

The semester is now underway, and we're getting underway too!
Give us your feedback. When should we hold our bi-weekly meetings?

Our first meeting should start the week of September 7. Just let us know what day and time works best for you and that's when we'll try to schedule the meeting!

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign
08/05/2015
Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

04/07/2015

SWE members!
Don't forget to vote today...
Then come join us in ENGR 110 at 11:30am to discuss officer positions and how you want to be involved in the future of our chapter. See you there!

03/16/2015

Join us Tuesday at 11:30am in ENGR 110!
Items on the agenda:
-The EIT event
-Chapter Leadership
-Semester Goals

02/25/2015
Girl Day "Bring It Out" Campaign: Spotlight on Teamwork

Girl Day "Bring It Out" Campaign: Spotlight on Teamwork

Engineers work with smart, inspiring people. Christy Predaina, Manager of Programs at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, shares how engineers use teamwork...

02/17/2015

SWE Members. Just a reminder. We'll be discussing our "Event" this Tuesday. Come help us plan it! 11:30 am ENGR 110.

02/09/2015

SWE Members and Friends!

We have a meeting coming up this week. We have a special event in the works so we'll be spending a lot of our time on that as well as discussing our participation in other engineering related events coming up fast!

Hope to see you! We'll be at our usual spot at our usual time.
ENGR 110 Tuesday (2-10-15) at 11:30am

Kyleigh and Paul manning the booth at the UAA COE Career Fair
02/03/2015

Kyleigh and Paul manning the booth at the UAA COE Career Fair

01/20/2015

Join us today for our 11:30am meeting in ENGR 110!

Spreading the word around. Bill Wrobel from NASA will be on campus Thursday during lunch. Come check it out if you're in...
01/15/2015

Spreading the word around. Bill Wrobel from NASA will be on campus Thursday during lunch. Come check it out if you're interested!

01/12/2015

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a good break. Join us for our first meeting of the semester as we plot our way forward.

Tuesday January 13, 2015
ENGR 110

We will be having our last meeting of the semester THIS THURSDAY (December 5). We will welcome our new officers and enjo...
12/03/2014
TED: Ideas worth spreading

We will be having our last meeting of the semester THIS THURSDAY (December 5). We will welcome our new officers and enjoy pizza, cookies and other treats while watching TED talks.

What is TED, you ask? Follow the link below to learn more.

Do you have a talk you want to share? Email us at [email protected] and we'll add it to our playlist.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

11/27/2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you're enjoying this day with friends and/or family, and have the opportunity to eat lots of pie.

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