Eastern Michigan University engineering students attend the Society of Women Engineering Conference to meet industry leaders

Students land career opportunities with a high-ranking corporate brand during the conference

Haylee Haik, Bia Hamed, and Kara Bishop smile for a selfie at the "WE22" conference for women in engineering and technology in Houston.
From left to right, Haylee Haik, Bia Hamed, and Kara Bishop attended the "WE22" conference for women in engineering and technology in Houston.

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University students Kara Bishop and Haylee Haik and director of K-12 STEM outreach and Digital Divas program director Bia Hamed traveled to Houston, Texas, for the “WE22" — the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology, hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). 

Over the two-day conference, Bishop and Haik heard from influential keynote speakers such as Phyllis Schneck, vice president of information security and cyber chief information security officer at Northrop Grumman, and Nancy Post, vice president for Embedded Software and Solutions for the Intelligent Solutions Group, John Deere. The trip was funded through the GameAbove Students Matter Most initiative. 

Haylee Haik, wearing VR goggles, and Kara Bishop at the conference.
Haik, left, wearing goggles, and Bishop experienced virtual reality testing hands-on while interacting with various tech companies at the conference.

From attending the largest career fair for women in engineering and technology to experiencing the digital garage that included booths and hands-on virtual reality testing, Bishop and Haik interacted with companies in the automotive, technology, finance, education, aviation, government, and military professions. 

Both students took time to build their personal and professional communities through networking and attending sessions run by leading experts, content creators, and innovators. Bishop, a junior studying mechanical engineering and treasurer of the SWE student organization, was impressed with the conference’s speaker line-up.

“The guest speakers were moving and inspiring, and the career and character development sessions targeted women to help overcome obstacles,” Bishop said.

Haik, a senior studying electrical and computer engineering and president of the SWE student organization, has always been interested in a career that can benefit society and improve the environment. 

“The career fair was amazing,” said Haik. “The ballroom was filled with booths from hundreds of companies, and we met industry professionals worldwide. Some companies were conducting interviews on the spot, and I got two job offers from that alone,” she added.

The pair visited the Northrop Grumman booth, landing an initial interview, and were requested to return for a more in-depth interview. After the second interview, both Bishop and Haik landed positions with the company.

Bishop secured a 2023 summer internship, all expenses paid in Los Angeles. Haik secured a role that will relocate her to San Diego, where she will work as an electrical engineer after graduation.

“I am immensely grateful for the opportunity and I know that attending the conference will have a lasting impact on me,” said Haik. 

About Eastern Michigan University
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November 16, 2022

Written by:
Nautica Marshall

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