Lakewood Graduate Represents U.S. Undergraduates At International Engineering Symposium In India
University of Cinncinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science civil engineering senior, Morgen Schroeder, was one of only 10 collegiate women chosen to participate in the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) “Women Engineers Leading Global Innovation Symposium.” Schroeder traveled to Bangalore, India from August 29-31 to exchange information about engineering developments and challenges across disciplines and countries with a diverse group of women engineers.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Approximately 115 participants from India and the US in both academia and industry attended the symposium. They shared cutting-edge technical and professional developments, opportunities for global collaboration and created a network of innovative, women leaders in engineering and technology. Additionally, Schroeder took part in a poster session where she shared a project from her most recent international co-op experience at a small environmental engineering firm in Germany named Wupperverband. This project also happens to be what qualified Schroeder to participate in the symposium.
Wupperverband is a partner in the European Union (EU) funded project called INNERS, or INNovative Energy Recovery Strategies. The project’s focus is to find an energy neutral, or even energy producing urban water cycle.
Schroeder with President-Elect DelVecchio
This project has the potential to significantly impact the average person by saving them money on their energy costs. One possibility is to reduce the demand of conventional energy for households through heat recovery in sewers. The INNERS project is still in progress, and the EU partners are diligently working toward effective results.
“My most memorable moments were meeting the other women engineering students from India and learning that we face similar obstacles across the globe. It was particularly inspiring to hear stories from Indian women that experience similar obstacles in the field of engineering and technology. Regardless of culture, the ambition of women remains the same. Not to mention, I had no idea that SWE president-elect, Stacey DelVecchio, was a UC alumni—and I met her! It was actually she who approached me and said ‘I was so happy to see another Bearcat on the attendees list!’ Not only is she an exceptionally inspiring lady in engineering, but it was also awesome to see a UC alum achieve something so great,” reflects Schroeder.
It was a hands-down decision for Schroeder to attend UC when she instantly fell in love with the campus on a visit as a high school junior. “Once I found out that the beautiful campus was accompanied by stellar academic programs, I was sold. Also, I knew that I wanted to participate in the world renowned co-op program. My acceptance to UC meant that I was guaranteed to get an outstanding education complete with real-world work experience,” she said.
2012 class of women engineers participating in SWE’s "Women Engineers Leading Global Innovation Symposium."
As a high school student, Schroeder’s best subjects were math and science which made her first consider applying to UC's civil engineering program. During her first year in the civil engineering program, she discovered the environmental engineering discipline of the program and chose to pursue it.
Content with her decision, Schroeder recently embarked on her senior year. Thus far, she’s completed three uniquely different co-op experiences within her field. Her first co-op work was conducting drinking water research at the US Environmental Protection Agency facility across from UC's campus. Schroeder then worked for Duke Energy in her second co-op opportunity, monitoring air quality data for Duke’s power plants. Her third co-op experience was with Wupperverband.
Schroeder eagerly awaits graduation. She plans to either go on to graduate school for her master’s degree in sustainability management or enter the work force. Whichever the case, Schroeder builds upon the continuing excellence that is UC Engineering!