Last month, thirteen members of the ASU chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) attended the SASE West Regional Conference in Berkeley, California. Of the members who attended, 5 are officers and 4 are members who have expressed an interest in assuming leadership positions. ASU SASE member Thu Hoang described the experience she shared with her fellow SASE members while at the conference.
The SASE West Regional Conference is held once a year for chapters in the western US to build leadership, communication, and networking skills. A main theme of the conference is how Asian Americans are underrepresented in STEM fields. “My desire to learn, enhance my skills, and make valuable networks motivated me to participate in this event,” said Thu. This conference gave her and her fellow SASE members the perfect opportunity to do just that. The networking that she got to do with other SASE chapters, the director of SASE, and the industry leaders was Thu’s favorite part of the conference. However, she does wish that she took time before the conference to research the companies in attendance and better prepare her resume.
After returning home, ASU SASE got the chance to reflect on their experience. The conference motivated them to set new goals for the chapter, including participating in more community service and professional development as well as expanding the chapter. Congratulations on a successful conference, and good luck with your new goals, SASE!
Stay tuned for more from SASE members and their travel experience!