Society of Women Engineers elects two TTU students as regional leaders

The Society of Women Engineers has elected engineering students at Tennessee Tech University to fill two of its four regional leadership positions for 2012-2013.

Raven Cross, a chemical engineering major from Wartburg, will serve as the Region D collegiate communications and newsletter editor. The society named Cross an SWE Future Leader last year.

“SWE has provided me so many opportunities to learn from others who have been where I am now and to grow as a person, a student and a future engineer,” said Cross.

“I am so excited to have this position, which allows me to give back to this organization that has provided me such opportunities, and to be able to reach out and help other members of SWE, not only here at Tech but throughout the Southeast.”

Cross will attend the annual SWE collegiate leadership forum in Minnesota to receive leadership training and mentoring from SWE professional leaders. She is the daughter of Teresa Cross of Wartburg.

Christina Bechard, a mechanical engineering major from Clarksville, will represent Region D as one of two region collegiate representatives. She is completing an internship in Germany this summer.

“This is a great opportunity to encourage more girls to view engineering as a possible career path and to give back to a community that has helped shape the leader that I am now,” Bechard said.

“I look forward to working with a wide variety of leaders and also representing Tennessee Tech. It is a great honor that two TTU students were chosen to fill two of the four student regional positions, something that has not happened in the past,” she said.

Bechard is the daughter of Alan and Hanna Bechard of Clarksville.

Founded in 1950, the Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit educational and service organization of nearly 20,000 members worldwide. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and to receive recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

Region D has more than 2,000 collegiate members and includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.