Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

Submitted Photo| Ramona Anand, faculty adviser for the LCCC chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, was awarded the Region G Advancing Leader Award on Feb. 18.

Ramona Anand, faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Lorain County Community College, received the Region G Advancing Leader Award at the Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference at the University of Pittsburgh on Feb. 18. The award is given to a collegiate or professional individual who has been engaged in an engineering or technology degree, who has shown technical excellence, and who has engaged with SWE.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news,” said Anand. “I immediately told my daughter the news. It was an exciting moment.”

Anand is the founder of  SWE at LCCC, which has been in the national spotlight as well with their webinar series that can be viewed on the college’s website.

“Romana has done a great job overseeing the student chapter,” said Kelly Zelesnik, dean of engineering, business and information technologies at LCCC. “The student chapter is the first of its kind for a community college.”

The LCCC administration, the LCCC Foundation, and Zelesnik were all to thank due to their continued encouragement and support of SWE, according to Anand.

SWE was implemented to encourage women in engineering, regardless of situation or background, Zelesnik said.

“There has been a great response to what Ramona has done,” said Zelesnik. “The Science Technical Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach event, for example, has over 360 students that attended. We actually had to, unfortunately, turn some away because of the lack of space.”

Zelesnik added that Anand’s passion is teaching and she is well respected by her colleagues and students.

“She has a great knowledge of technology,” said Zelesnik.”She is always learning and is committed to teaching the students what she knows. She is one of the hardest working people I know.”

Anand has done a great job with coordinating the group and has done great things for the division as a whole, Zelesnik added.

SWE hosts several events on campus throughout the school year and recently announced their partnership with the United States Army to generate STEM awareness. At the beginning of March, SWE and the U.S. Army sponsored an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Career Exploration program to help undecided students discover their major.

“We hosted the STEM outreach event last October and it is something that we do annually,” Anand added. “It serves as an outreach event and we invite students from other colleges as well.”

Anand said that she loves her current teaching position at LCCC.

“I love teaching the students,” Anand said. “They bring a positive energy and are very enthusiastic about learning and they always have new ideas.”