Students Named to Leadership Development Program for Women Engineers

Two Drexel students were recently named to the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Leadership Development Program (LDP).

Elizabeth Moroz, a senior studying materials science and engineering (MSE), and Cailey Ruderman, a second-year student in MSE, were inducted to the program’s beginner track, the organization announced this month.

A rebranding of the SWE Future Leaders Program, the LDP is an intensive program designed to help members expand their potential. Over the course of a year members develop relationships with collegiate and professional SWE members and participate in monthly training. Topics covered in the beginner track include leadership styles, self-management and development, networking, resumes, self-awareness, mentorship, emotional intelligence, financial management and communication styles.

Moroz is the networking director for the Drexel Engineering collegiate section of SWE, coordinating the group’s undergraduate and professional mentorship program. She organized events for first-year students to meet peers and launched a new program with SWE advisor Professor Simi Hoque, PhD, to help female undergraduate students and COE faculty members connect. The group has gone kayaking and rocking climbing at the DAC and plans to do more exciting events in the future.

“Mentorship and networking are such valuable tools when it comes to helping you succeed,” Moroz says. “I have a formal professional mentor and more informal mentors that I have met on my co-ops that have helped me develop technically and professionally.”

Ruderman, who joined SWE during her freshman year, is now in her second term as Drexel SWE’s membership chair. Her love for the universe led her to pursue materials science, and she hopes that the LDP program will make her a better student and leader as she continues her studies.

“I hope to leave the LDP next year with a comprehensive understanding of my leadership style,” Ruderman said. “I want to learn my strengths and weaknesses, and to chart a clear, tailored path of continued growth as a leader going forward in college and beyond.”

Students interesting in joining Drexel’s SWE section should visit the club’s website.