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Join Dean Johnson and Fulton Engineering for the Student Organization Awards and Recognition (SOAR) ceremony – where we recognize the accomplishments of our engineering student organizations for the 2013–14 academic year!

Monday, April 14, 2014
5:30–7 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU), Turquoise Room, Tempe campus [map]
Register to attend by noon on Thursday, April 10
Apply for an award now. Nominations due by noon on Wednesday, March 26.

All officers, student org members and faculty/staff advisors from registered engineering student organizations are encouraged to attend the dinner and awards ceremony. Attire for the event is business casual.

Contact Cortney Loui if you have any questions at

About Virginia Counts
Virginia Counts, an engineering alumna who has been extensively involved with the Society of Women Engineers and holds a Master Black Belt, will be the evening’s keynote speaker.

Counts holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering, both from Arizona State University, and is licensed as a mechanical engineer in Arizona. She spent part of her corporate career working in the process improvement arena during which she became certified as a Lean Manufacturing expert, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Master Black Belt. Additionally she is a certified GE Healthcare Master Change Manager.

Now a program manager for Medtronic, Inc., she manages complex supplier transitions for pacemakers, defibrillators and associated leads. Prior to joining Medtronic, Virginia worked for an aerospace company where she gained a broad base of experience in development engineering, manufacturing, and information technology.

Virginia has been a member of SWE since college and spent a decade on the SWE Board of Directors culminating with the role of President in 2009. She is now a Fellow of SWE, on the board of Gabriel’s Angels, the Board of Overseers for the Phoenix Symphony, and her local Homeowners Associate Board.

She was recognized as one of the most “48 Intriguing Women of Arizona” in a book celebrating Arizona’s 100th anniversary as a state.