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Graduate Student Genevieve Kane received SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member Award

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized Genevieve Kane of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award. Genevieve received the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE17, in Austin, Texas on Oct. 27, 2017 during the formal awards banquet.

Genevieve has worked as an advocate for women in engineering over her collegiate career, and is currently the FY18 Graduate Member Coordinator of the Society.   In this role, she acts as the leader of the GradSWE community, and is the advocate for all graduate students across SWE’s 38,000 member organization.  In her tenure on the GradSWE leadership team, Genevieve established a society wide mentoring program aimed at graduate students, and expanded her leadership team and advocacy efforts to include resources aimed at international needs and globalization of SWE, as well as resources for professional, part time and returning students.  Genevieve continues her work at a Regional level as well, advocating for women in STEM through K-12 outreach efforts across the entire Northeast, and aiding in the development of SWENext clubs for high school aged students in Upstate New York.

Genevieve has a very diverse background, coming to Rensselaer with B.S. degrees in Physics and Music from the University at Albany, SUNY, as well as an Electrical Engineering degree from SUNY New Paltz, where she studied simultaneously.  In addition, she received a Masters of Science degree in Nanoscale Engineering for the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where she researched Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography.  Genevieve is currently working under the direction of Dr. Robert Hull.  Her research is focused on developing novel, in-situ techniques using scanning electron and ion microscopy to study and control real-time microstructural evolution in polycrystalline materials.  To this end, she is developing a ten channel micro-heater array which she has incorporated into our state of the art FEI Versa 3D to measure and achieve small temperature gradients across polycrystalline copper.   This experimental work is then used as input and guidance for phase field and monte carlo modeling, to allow for more realistic simulated microstructures.  This work could be instrumental in improving modeling techniques for grain growth in polycrystalline metals.