Edison International Women in Engineering Program







Cal Poly Pomona's Women in Engineering Program (CPP WE) was established in 2012 to provide young women the resources and supportive services to succeed in engineering.  CPP WE serves women undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the College of Engineering.


CPP WE focuses on recruitment and retention efforts, as well as overall environment enhancement programs.  The CPP WE community is made up of women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds encompassing all seven departments in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona.


In collaboration with corporations, engineering alumni, University offices, faculty, and students, CPP WE has initiated a variety of activities, including WE Chats (departmentally based faculty mentoring workshops), WE Talk Alumnae Speaker Series (alumnae based career development workshops), and a variety of ambassador activities.  These initiatives are extended to students and faculty throughout the college.


CPP WE is dedicated to not only creating a supportive community for our current female engineering students, but also strives to inspire young girls to consider engineering as a possible career. Exposing young girls to the creativity and excitement of engineering through hands-on activities and role models is an excellent way to build confidence in their capacity within the engineering field. We hope to inspire many young girls to reach their potential through engineering!


CPP WE: Designing, Developing, Creating the Future





  • Spring Newsletter

The CPP WE Newsletter is now available!  Check it out for event recaps, photos, and the Spring Quarter Event Calendar! Click here


  • Facebook Update

All CPP WE news and updates will be posted on the College of Engineering Facebook page this quarter.  Make sure you "like" the page to stay updated!


  • Volunteers Needed!


Dr. Palomo's outreach class, EGR 299, is now in it's second quarter of developing an outreach program at Fremont Academy where CPP students are facilitating several labs to a 7th grade class.


Through this outreach program we hope to encourage more students to pursue an education in engineering and expose them to different fields of engineering. We are looking for student volunteers to help assist in these labs throughout spring quarter.


If you are interested, contact Rianne Okamoto at rianne@cox.net. She will provide additional information and further explain the program.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Shokoufeh Mirzaei!


Dr. Mirzaei has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Visiting Faculty Program - Faculty program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for the Summer 2014 Term.


This is a highly competitive program that will allow her to collaborate with some of the most talented scientists in the world!


  • Edison International Women in Engineering Program


           Edison International has donated $100,000 to the CPP WE program!

           For all of the details, click here


  • Engineering Hall of Fame


The Engineering Hall of Fame Public Unveiling took place on campus February 20 in buildings 9 and 17.


Hall of Fame inductees are featured throughout our engineering buildings (9 and 17) in large framed photos together with personal biographical information.The Hall of Fame will honor and preserve the outstanding accomplishments of distinguished engineers. It will also inspire students and faculty, and enhance partnerships with industry and the community.


For more information visit the website: http://www.csupomona.edu/~engineering/giving/hall.shtml



  • New WE Shirts!

We now have a wider variety of sizes and styles.  If you do not have a CPP WE t-shirt yet, stop by 9-163 to pick one up. 



Young Leaders in Engineering Scholarship

Each year, the College of Engineering awards three female students the Young Leaders in Engineering Scholarship, which recognizes the academic and leadership accomplishments of members of the Cal Poly Pomona chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.  Scholarship funding is provided by Lynne Lachenmyer, a CPP chemical engineering alumna, and Sr. Vice President of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.



2013-14 Young Leaders in Engineering Recipients

Maria Medina-Alva, Industrial Engineering

Karyna Banuelos, Chemical Engineering

Charisse Garrido, Civil Engineering




Young Leaders in Engineering Scholarship Recipients 2012


2012-13 Young Leaders in Engineering Recipients
Nicole Baca, Civil Engineering
Maria Medina-Alva, Industrial Engineering
Karyna Bañuelos, Chemical Engineering



2011-12 Young Leaders in Engineering Recipients (Pictured with Lynne Lachenmyer)
Amber Miller, Civil Engineering
Andrea Gonzalez, Civil Engineering




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