Thursday, December 30, 2010

SHPE-NYC 2011 Ski Trip - January 21-23

The SHPE-NYC 2011 Annual Ski Trip
January 21st – January 23rd at Windham Mountain

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the costs for the trip?
A.Housing fees for SHPE members is $115 for the weekend, non-members pay $140. The SHPE-NYC fee for the beginner ski or snowboard package (rental, lesson, and lower lift ticket) is $65. The SHPE-NYC fee for the all mountain lift ticket is $57, and for those who need to rent equipment, the ski or snowboard rental fee is $28.

Q. When and where will we be skiing?
A. Windham Mountain, on Saturday, January 22nd.

Q. What is the house address?
A. 11003 Route 23A, Lexington, New York 12444. Note: This is the same house as the 2010 ski trip.

Q. What is being provided with the housing?
A. Similar to last year, housing will include, snacks, bottled water, soda, milk, juices, hot chocolate, coffee, cereals, fruits. Cold cuts for sandwiches will be provided Friday for all guests. Breakfast will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

Q. When can we check-in/check-out?
A. Check in starts on Friday, January 21st at 3:00 PM. In the event other guests are not checking out that Friday, check-in will be as early as 6AM. You will be notified of the possible early arrival time as the date approaches. Check-out is Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Q. Can I register for housing if I am not a SHPE-NYC member?
A. Yes, housing costs for non-members is $140, which is $25 more than the member rate. You can become a member today for $35 at

Q. Is the Trip canceled due to inclement weather?
A. No, the trip will proceed, rain, shine, or snow.

Q. If i cannot attend anymore and already paid, can I receive a refund?
A. There are no refunds. You are responsible for finding a replacement in the event you cannot attend. You must contact SHPE-NYC in the event you cannot attend at

Q. How do I register?
A. Register via Eventbrite at There are several options and packages, so please verify your choices before making your payment. This is the only way to register. You are not officially registered until you make a payment. Only payment confirms registration, not a pending payment.

Q. If I can’t stay overnight and want to join the group for an afternoon of skiing, can I still register?
A. Yes. Just sign up for the snowboard/ski/lift ticket package of your choice.
By registering with us, you are eligible for a group discount.

Q. Do the costs cover the transportation to the Windham Mountain or the rental home?
A. No, everyone is responsible for providing their own transportation. Caravans and car pooling have in used in previous years, so SHPE-NYC will try to accommodate you by making you aware of other options as they become available. You are ultimately responsible for ensuring your own transportation.

Q. What do the Caravans consist of?
A. The Caravans are a group of cars that will meet up at a designated location, this way we all travel together on the road.

Q. What are the room arrangements?
A. See below for room/bed layouts:
Bedroom 1 - 1 Double (two people in room)
Bedroom 2 - 2 Twin (two people in room)
Bedroom 3 - 2 Twin (two people in room)
Bedroom 4 - 1 Double, 1 Twin (three people in room)
Bedroom 5 - 1 Double (two people in room)
Bedroom 6 - 1 Double (two people in room)
Bedroom 7 - 1 Double (two people in room)
Bedroom 8 - 1 Double, 1 Twin (three people in room)
Bedroom 9 - 1 Double, 2 Twin (four people in room)
Bedroom 10 - 2 Double, 1 Twin (five people in room)
Bedroom 11 - 1 Double, 1 Twin (three people in room)

Q. What do I need to bring on the trip?
A. Please review the checklist below.
  • Sleeping Bag (optional)
  • Sleepwear
  • Government Photo ID
  • Sunblock
  • Cash for Gas (carpoolers!)
  • Cash, credit or debit for miscellaneous purchases
  • Camera
  • Change of clothes after skiing
  • Shampoo, towels, soap, other toiletries, etc.
  • Waterproof pants
  • Warm jacket for snow conditions
  • Hat or helmet (helmets are included with all packages)
  • Neck warmer
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Medium-weight socks
  • Favorite beverages

Some detailed information from Windham Mountain

Equipment Rental from Windham Mountain

· Schedule enough time to pass through the Rental Shop and still get to your lesson. It can take up to 45 minuets for the first time visitor to be fitted properly and receive all their gear before exiting towards the slopes.

The Proper Fit:
· To help with a proper fitting boot a few steps need to be taken before arrival. Only one pair of (thin) socks should be worn. Multiple layers of socks can cause friction in the boot and result in blisters. Thick heavy socks may be too warm and cause sweating that can cause irritations. While making sure that a water proof pair of pants is warn to keep you warm and dry, make sure that the cuffs of the pants are wide enough or elastic enough to go over the top of the boots. This will help keep snow out and give a proper fit around the calf muscle.

Security Deposit (or valid ID):
· A deposit will need to be left while the rental equipment is rented. A valid drivers license; credit card (we will photocopy); valid military id; valid picture school id or $250 in cash. All deposits will be returned or destroyed after the rental gear is returned.

Tips for first timers:
Here are a few tips that should make your first experience more enjoyable:
1. Check the weather prior to your arrival. Conditions can change quickly, so always be prepared.
2. Dress in layers so you can add or remove a layer as the weather varies. The first layer should be long underwear and medium weight socks. Boots are insulated and provide plenty of warmth in most cases. Wearing more than one pair of socks can make the boot uncomfortable.
3. Water resistant, insulated gloves are a must. They're widely available at discount, department and specialty stores, including our own Mountain Sports Shop.
4. Bring a hat that will stay on your head - knit or stretchy fleece is best. Hats are important for retaining body heat on cold days. Always plan for cold weather when visiting the mountains. Or, rent a helmet while you're here.
5. Other items that are good to have are sunscreen, lip balm, quarters for lockers and a sports bag.
6. Try not to wear any bulky items, jeans or long scarves.

Lesson Schedules

  • Lesson times: 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m. or 2:15 p.m. for Beginners
  • Lesson times: 10 a.m., 2:15 p.m. for Beyond Beginners

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Operation Explore at BAE Systems

On Friday December 3rd, BAE Systems in coordination with SHPE-NYC hosted SHPE college students at the BAE Systems facility in Wayne, NJ for an event called Operation Explore. The purpose was to host an event focused on enabling students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career opportunities in the defense industry. Students interacted directly with engineers and technologists who are leading the development of many innovative products.

Students showed great determination just to get to Wayne, NJ. They drove over 1.5 hours from
Stony Brook University and Rutgers University. Some came from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Students even took a public bus from the City College of New York (CCNY).

The event kicked off with lunch and informational videos, provided by the host Juan Alvarez, BAE Systems, which showcased lines of businesses as well as specific products relating to BAE Systems. The participants were then taken to the manufacturing floor where they had the opportunity to see live circuit card assembly work. They were also able to tour the environmental testing lab where BAE Systems products are placed through extreme environmental conditions.

The participants next heard from Nydia Rosado, from the BAE Systems Contracts department. She is a retired Air Force Colonel with an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,

who wanted to provide insight into personal and professional development based on her life experiences. She stressed four key points:
  1. Life is a group of decisions, not just one. One poor decision does not prevent you from achieving success.
  2. Family is very important
  3. Education opens many doors
  4. Have a mentor (someone who cares enough to be brutally honest with you) and be a mentor to someone else.
Kelly Zeh followed with a discussion about the Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP); a 3 year program aimed at achieving a balance of managerial competency and intense technical proficiency through rotations / training in different business areas. She left the students with 2 main points:
  1. Its not what you know, it’s who you know. Connections are very important even within the company.
  2. You are the only person that can block yourself from succeeding.
Discussion concerning the Engineering Leadership Development Program concluded with a Q&A panel where Kelly and two other members of the developmental program answered questions from the participants. They highlighted 3 points about the program:
  1. Switching disciplines / assignments keeps you challenged and helps you push yourself further. You don't need to know about the department, they will teach you when you get there.
  2. You can do a technical or a management rotation
  3. Balancing work, coursework, and personal life is tough, but you learn a lot from the classes right away.
The last presentation was made by Jeff Coletta and Bob Faraccio from the Human Resources department. They provided tips that would maximize success at career fairs and interviews, such as:
  1. Having 60 second interview pitch
  2. Being confident
  3. Remembering to have your resume in hand and accessible
Juan Alvarez thanked everyone for attending and urged them to look for mentorship opportunities that will help them reach their potential. He also reminded them to set aside time, now and in the future, for the people and organizations that got them to where they are today. Remember to pay it forward!

--- Article submitted by David Guisao, BAE Systems

Congratulations to the 2010 SHPE-NYC Scholarship Recipients

The SHPE-NYC Scholarship Fund was founded in 2009, in an effort to support our rising student leaders and recognize their achivements. Each year SHPE-NYC will award scholarships to selected High School and Undergraduate college students who demonstrate success in their academic career, promise in their continuing path, and their contributions to the existing Hispanic STEM community in their school. Recipients will receive awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 in addition to mentoring and career coaching.

Please join us in congratulating the 2010 SHPE-NYC Scholars,

Jazmin Velez, Rutgers University
Nancy Andia, Rutgers University
Erica Ann Mulligan, Manhattan College

The scholarship funds are comprised of SHPE-NYC funds, member and corporate donations. If you would like to contribute or learn more about the SHPE-NYC Scholarship Fund contact us at, or visit

SHPE-NYC Member Interview - Natalie Gil

Below is an interview with SHPE-NYC member Natalie Gil. If you would like to participate in a similar interview, simply send us an email at Thank you Natalie for participating and being such an active SHPE-NYC member. 

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an IT Project Manager at Goldman Sachs. I love music and to explore new places all over the world. I’ve been a martial artist for more than 20 years and I hold a black belt in Karate-Do.

What was your SHPE undergraduate involvement?

None, since I studied abroad and I was related to local organizations. But I’m glad to know that SHPE is here to support undergrad students!

What advice would you offer current SHPE undergraduate student members and leaders?
Get involved. You don’t know where opportunities are. It can be an advice, access to events, job opportunities. Everything helps and SHPE members are eager to provide them.

How has your experience been as a SHPE-NYC professional member? Any favorite events, initiatives, or workshops?
I love the idea of “never is too early”. I mean, never is too early to engage a student in a STEM career. They just need to know that, what we do as engineers is great! Events reaching high school and college are the most inspiring for me.

How does SHPE-NYC play a role in your professional, career, and personal network development? 
As I mentioned, as soon as I get involved, I tried to generate opportunities for other members, because I found opportunities for me as well. I had wonderful conversations with students and senior people, and that gave me the sense that I reached the correct place. Advice can come from everywhere; we just need to be open to receive it. This is a win-win relationship. I got to know about the Future CIO competition through SHPE-NYC and my essay got selected so I got something great already!  

Care to share any general thoughts regarding SHPE, ideas, or vision for the organization and yourself? 
I think SHPE-NYC is in a stage that can reach a wider audience, even a very young audience to engage them. I see it as an organization with an advanced level of maturity. That generates SHPE-NYC a challenge because we all need to maintain it performing good and improving.
My personal focus is in Latinas development. Being a “minority among a minority” is hard, and harder if you don’t have support from some fellows. I shared some of my thoughts here:
Feel free to contact me here:
Have a great holiday season!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The SHPE-NYC Annual Holiday Banquet & Toy Drive - December 10th - RSVP Today!

 Join us for the
SHPE-NYC Annual Holiday Banquet & Toy Drive!

Join us as we celebrate the holidays with our Annual Holiday Banquet & Toy Drive. The evening will consist of dinner, inspiring speakers, awards and networking.
The event will include two keynote addresses,
David Reilly, Morgan Stanley CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure
Diana L. Drysdale, Vice President, Renewables for PSEG Energy Holdings

Dress attire is business casual, no sneakers or jeans. The banquet will be followed by a nearby networking event, details will be announced at the conclusion of the banquet.  All SHPE members, colleagues, friends and family are welcome to attend!
Last year’s Toy Drive was a tremendous success and we hope to continue the tradition of spreading holiday joy. Take a moment to view the appreciative thank you notes from the children from previous years.

Friday, December 10th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
 Con Edison Auditorium, 4 Irving Place, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10013

SHPE Professional & Student Members – FREE with a Toy Donation
Non-members & Guests – $25 (Toy Donation Suggested)
Toy should be appropriate for 5-7 year old age range

Some photos from the 2009 Banquet

Thursday, December 2, 2010

SHPE workshop at Stevens Institute of Technology - "How to Sell Yourself in 30 seconds"

The Stevens Institute of Technology SHPE Chapter ( invited the SHPE Professional chapter to deliver the workshop “How to sell yourself in 30 seconds.” The event took place on October 13th, 2010. Natalie Gil, a member who currently works at Goldman Sachs took the opportunity. The workshop started with a brief presentation about the “Elevator Pitch”. It highlighted the importance of preparation of both content and delivery, focusing on the target audience.

After the review, the students practiced one by one. They first framed a situation and then delivered the pitch. Later they received feedback from the audience and the expositor. Students were looking forward to attending the SHPE Annual Conference so they got a set of tools to make a more effective, quick introduction. Below is an excerpt from Natalie's presentation:
"Since there are only 30 seconds to catch the audience (mostly one to one); information should be relevant to them and to the situation –career fair, networking event, interview start. Content should be complemented with self confidence, enthusiasm, a good handshake, and eye contact to generate better attention."
Check out her slides here:

Thanks again Natalie!