Pictured: 2017-2018 Pitt SASE President Christine Nguyen
WRITTEN BY CHRISTINE NGUYEN
Hi, everyone! My name is Christine Nguyen, and I am the president of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) at the University of Pittsburgh for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. I feel confident and optimistic about embracing this role on the executive board and working with my dedicated and talented board members to help Pitt SASE thrive.
Last October, I attended SASE National Conference 2016 in Dallas, Texas. I was in awe of the SASE community that extended beyond the Northeast region. I was excited to reunite with friends whom I met at regional conference last February; however, I also had the unique opportunity to connect with people from Florida to Arizona. I felt inspired by everyone’s overwhelming passion for SASE and humbled and grateful for the opportunity to discover and refine myself as a leader by learning from others. National conference kindled a fire in me to strive to grow Pitt SASE by cultivating professionalism, altruism (towards the community and peers) and an appreciation for diversity in our members.
This year, my team and I endeavor to diversify and grow our family of Asian heritage engineers and scientists who:
Communicate effectively by developing time management skills, flexibility, leadership, active listening, teamwork skills and humility
Practice altruism to build meaningful relationships, mentor younger members and positively impact their local communities
Strive to foster an inclusive community that welcomes men and women of all ethnic backgrounds to develop well-rounded young professionals who are culturally aware and open to new ideas
We hit the ground running with our first Shark Tank themed general body meeting of the spring semester, and we are excited pick up the pace as the semester progresses and take on the challenge of growing Pitt SASE from creating workshops for our members to hone their leadership and networking skills to sending them to national and regional conferences. Cheers to a new beginning and a great year ahead!