Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FIRST Women in STEM Reception 2016, Part III, Attendees

Adrianne Graham Covington
opens the program.
The Women in STEM Reception, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (OKC and Tulsa sections) Oklahoma Engineering Foundation and Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, not only had a successful program but also sharp, enthusiastic participants. We are so proud of all--adults and students--who participated. A list of participants follows. Some robotics team attendees have attended the reception two years in a row as have some of the mentors.

Thelma Gutierrez-Anderson, the keynote speaker,
talks with a Tulsa team coach mentor.

Listening to Adrianne Graham-Covington introduce Thelma Gutierrez-Anderson


88 high school girls attended from 22 FIRST Robotics Teams. High schools represented:
    Chickasha Cockadoodle Dominators' team
    spirit to the max worn by a two-year
    FIRST competitor and reception attendee
  • MC Robo, Adair, Chocteau and Pryor High Schools, Oklahoma, and Salina High School, Kansas
  • Robo Hornets, Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa
  • Ohms Claw,Broken Arrow High School, Broken Arrow
  • Commandobots, Cascia Hall, Tulsa
  • Cockadoodle Dominators, Chickasha Public Schools, Chickasha
    Cascia Hall Commandobots and sponsor
    with Mexico's Roult competitors
  • Jankopotamus, Deer Creek High School, Edmond
  • Hostile Gato, Fort Gibson High School, Fort Gibson
  • Sprockets, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee
  • Code Green, Green Country Technology Center, Okmulgee
  • FROG, Grove High School, Grove
  • KTC Monsters, Haworth and Idabel High Schoolsi, Haworth and Idabel
  • Radioactive Robotics, Homeshool, Blanchard
  • Roult, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Laguna, Torreón Coahuila México
  • Metal Mayhem, Latta and Stonewall High Schools, Latta and Stonewall
  • Prime Movers, Jenks High School, Tulsa
  • MacBotics, MacArthur High School, Lawton
  • Circuit Chargers, Memorial High School, Tulsa
    Too much fun chatting before
    the program begins.
  • Omega Factor, Mustang High School, Mustang
  • RaileRobotics, Newton High School, Newton, Kansas
  • STING-R, North Kansas City High School, Kansas City
  • Ninja Munkees, OKC 40H Robotics, Oklahoma City
  • Team Scream, Smith-Cotton High School, Sedalia, Missouri

  • 78 copies of Is There An Engineer Inside You? by Celeste Baine 
  • Be That Engineer posters from SWE 

To quote Barbara Wollsmerhauser, this book "gives insight in how to work with your professors, co-ops and internships, the diversity of careers within the many engineering fields, the 'WOW' careers in engineering as well as the 43 'faces' of engineering." 

Download your own free copy at

Table mentors attended from 15 different organizations. Five were college women from Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Two represented the OSU chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon, International Engineering Society, which is supportive of FIRST at the national level.

Jackie Pearson, table mentor and electronics engineer
at Tinker AFB, engages her mentees.
Disciplines Table mentors present represented aerospace, chemical, civil-water resources, computer, construction management technology, electrical, electronic, industrial, manufacturing engineering technology, manufacturing, mechanical, metallurgical & materials, petroleum, process/safety, structural and systems engineering.

Role of Table Mentors 
Generally two engineers sit at each table, meet the students, inquire about the students' interests and education goals, and often share their own experiences as well as their love for engineering and the reasons they chose engineering careers. 

Barbara Wollmershauser, mechanical
engineer, generates much excitement
over the drawing for door prizes. 
Recognition & Gratitude Attendees have tremendous gratitude for all of these women who shared their time and experience to inspire younger women to pursue engineering. Their companies or institutions also merit appreciation since they supported the mentors' leaving work early to participate. Some engineers and instructors had even been coaching robotics teams to attend the FIRST competition.

Tulsan competitor receiving a door prize from
Martha Walker, aerospace engineer.

  • Upeksha Addagatla, aerospace, Boeing, Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City
  • Amanda Adney, manufacturing & computer engineering technology, SWOSU, Weatherford
  • Terry Anderson, aerospace, TDA Consulting, Oklahoma City
  • Bobbie Back, secondary math education, OSU, Pryor
  • Tonya Backward, industrial, MidAmerica Industrial Park, Pryor
  • Xan Black, petroleum, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
  • Adrianne Covington Graham, executive director, Oklahoma Engineering Foundation,
    Ingrid Law, SWOSU SWE Section president,
    mentoring a group of competitors
    Oklahoma City
  • Leslie Crissup, chemical, Enable Midstream, Oklahoma City
  • Stephanie Dozier, structural, Boeing, Tinker AFB
  • Dana Drake, metallurgical/materials, Tinker AFB
  • Thelma Gutierrez-Anderson, electrical, Eaton, Shawnee
A Gordon Cooper Technology robotics team competitor/mentee
and Terry Anderson, aerospace engineer, enjoy a conversation.
  • Subashini Iyer, mechanical, Boeing
  • Ingrid Law, engineering/manufacturing technology, SWOSU SWE Section president, Weatherford
  • Lizzie Long, mechanical, Alpha Omega Epsilon, OSU, Stillwater
  • Ilze Long, process/safety, OGE, Oklahoma City
Registration: Martha Walker,
aerospace engineer, Tinker AFB, and
Ilze Long, process/safety engineer, OG&E
  • Jackie Pearson, electronic, Tinker AFB
  • Erin Roark, construction management technology, Alpha Omega Epsilon, OSU, Stillwater
  • Tiler Rose, manufacturing, SWOSU student, Weatherford
  • Caroline Short, civil - water resources, Olsson Associates, Oklahoma City
  • Sandra Snelling, aerospace, Tinker AFB
  • Sarah Staggs, mechanical & aerospace, Boeing
  • Kim Thomas, computer science, OU, Norman
  • Martha Walker, aerospace, Tinker AFB
  • Barbara Wollmershauser, mechanical, Tulsa Engineering Foundation
  • Bev Woodrome, director, Boren Mentoring Initiative, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
  • Haylie Zarate, systems, Boeing
Engineering really rules this sign conveys,


  • Leslie Crissup, SWE OKC Section President, Enable Midstream
  • Dana Drake, SWE OKC, Tinker AFB (also designed the event brochure)
  • Martha Walker, SWE OKC, Tinker AFB
  • Barbara Wollmershauser, SWE Tulsa Northeast Oklahoma Section; Society of Women Engineers, Past National President; Tulsa Engineering Foundation, Board Member; and Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, Innovation Room Lead
  • Adrianne Covington Graham, Oklahoma Engineering Foundation



Thelma Gutierrez-Anderson, Senior SCM Manager at Eaton Corporation

Opening Remarks 

Adrianne Covington Graham, Executive Director, Oklahoma Engineering Foundation, and 

Leslie Crissup, SWE – OKC Section President

Closing Remarks 

Xan Black, SWE – Tulsa Northeast OK Section and Program Director of Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

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