SWOs Attended Society of Women Engineers Conference
By Lt. j.g. Brandy Dixon

Albuquerque, N.M. – Two Naval Surface Forces’ officers from USS Tarawa (LHA1) attended the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Sonora Regional Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Jan. 29 – Feb. 1.

Lt. j. g. Megan Vehovic and Lt. j. g. Whitney Alvarado, both Surface Warfare Officers (SWO), represented the surface community at the event to raise awareness about the mission of the Navy and the opportunities available to those that are weighing career options in engineering as they graduate from college.

The SWE Conference, which was themed “Energizing Women in Engineering,” also featured a career fair, technical tours, workshops and award banquets. The SWOs attended a few of the workshops with topics that included leadership issues, career development to sustainable cities and economic strategies.

Vehovic said, “Attending the conference enabled me to broaden my scope of engineering and helped me realize how critical engineering will be in shaping our countries future success, not only economically but environmentally as well.”

SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. The Surface Warfare community, having the most female officers of any unrestricted line community in the Navy, supports SWE as a professional development organization for officers and also as the largest female engineering organization in the country.